BC Ministry of Transportation and Highways Projects

Development Strategy, Highway Maintenance Yards, BC - 1999

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We formulated a development strategy for highway maintenance yards throughout the province guided by the principles of reducing maintenance costs through innovation, reducing accommodation costs, providing yards through a range of options, providing ‘just adequate’ facilities, and extending competition to include accommodation. Our work involved the definition of a protocol for selecting a solution for each yard; updating the database for existing yards; developing a yard size generator; revising facilities guidelines; determining facilities requirements for each yard; estimating the cost of each yard; and developing an accommodation budget for all yards. We worked jointly with BC Buildings Corporation and the Ministry of Transportation and Highways. We assisted in drafting an implementation plan for replacing selected yards, and provided advice during the pilot projects. Completed in 1999.

Highways Maintenance Yards, Business Case, BC - 1998

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We assisted a firm of management consultants with the preparation of a business case related to highways maintenance yards. The business case proposal focused on the benefits and costs associated with selling selected yards. Completed in 1998.

Criteria for Private Highway Maintenance Yards, BC - 1996

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Highway maintenance in the province is provided by private operators. In general, these operators work out of maintenance yards rented from BC Buildings Corporation. The objective of this study was to determine under what circumstances it would be acceptable for the private operators to provide their own yards. Our work involved examining service delivery, strategic, and cost implications. Of particular concern was to ensure that future contract tendering did not favour the incumbent, due to real estate constraints on potential competitors. Our work had a direct impact on contract negotiations. Completed in 1996.

Delta Highways Maintenance Yard, BC - 1995

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Facilities provided for the highways maintenance operator at the existing maintenance yard in Delta were considered to be in excess of their requirements. We assessed several options, including joint use of the facilities by the Ministry and the operator; relocating the operator to an adjacent site and consolidating Ministry functions in the existing facility; or letting the operator provide their own facilities. We defined building and site requirements for highways maintenance based on an approach we developed in a related project. We established an overall site use concept identifying the proposed portions of the site and building to be made available to the highway maintenance operator, and the areas to be retained for Ministry use. Approximately 1770 square metres of building space was to be made available to the operator, with the remaining 1660 m2 allocated for Ministry use. Completed in 1995.

Highways Maintenance Yards Facilities Study, BC - 1995

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The first objective of the study was to prepare a long-term plan for maintenance yards in the province. We developed and tested a service delivery model; outlined the need for maintenance yards; and identified priorities for implementation of specific capital projects. The second objective was to document planning and design guidelines for maintenance yards. We defined the basic types of highway maintenance facilities; delineated requirements for sites and facilities; and specified performance requirements for various building components. Completed in 1995.

Weigh Scale Station Design Guide, BC - 1991

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We prepared a guide for the planning and design of weigh scale stations. The function of scale stations is to monitor commercial vehicles and drivers to ensure compliance with applicable provincial laws. We developed requirements for three types of scale building and six possible site configurations. Our work included the production of schematic design drawings for each type of scale building. Completed in 1991.