Evaluation Projects

Knowledge Transfer, Courts Planning, Ontario - 2017

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The purpose of this project was to transfer the knowledge we had gained about planning courthouses in Ontario, including the use of the Courtroom Forecasting Model. We conducted knowledge transfer conferences for the Facilities Management Branch as well as the divisional partners. We also briefed senior management. We trained staff on the use of the Courtroom Forecasting Model. We provided advice on the development of Regional Asset Management Plans. Completed in 2017.

Facilities Plan, 2015 Update, North Vancouver School District, BC - 2015

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We prepared a comprehensive update of the School District Facilities Plan for a growing part of Greater Vancouver. We found that new and expanded facilities are required in the parts of the district that are growing, while schools in some areas will remain underutilized. In addition, in pursuit of the key objective to improve the safety and quality of school facilities, many schools require upgrading or replacement. The secondary plan we formulated proposed the immediate replacing two secondary schools and the future consolidation of two underutilized secondary schools. The elementary plan called for additions or replacements for seven schools, plus the construction of a new school in a rapidly growing urban development area. Completed in 2015.

Facilities Plan Update, North Vancouver School District, BC - 2013

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We prepared an update to a long-term comprehensive district-wide facilities plan for the North Vancouver School District we completed in 2007. Our revised enrolment forecasts were based on changes to the Official Community Plans for both the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. These changes as well as demographic changes resulted in anticipated modest enrolment growth in the medium term. In addition, our revised plan incorporated recent school closures as well as the implementation of full day kindergarten and other educational programs. Our assessment of assets referenced recent province-wide building assessments and analyses of seismic risk. We also examined the potential long-term need for unused school district property to determine the advisability of property disposal. Completed in 2013.

Area Study for Vanderhoof Schools, Vanderhoof, BC - 2013

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We were retained to conduct a study of schools in the Vanderhoof area — five elementary schools and a secondary school. The outcome of the project included a plan to optimize the utilization of school space in Vanderhoof as well as the identification of renewal or replacement priorities for all schools in the Vanderhoof area. Our work included presentation of the possible future scenarios to the Vanderhoof public. Completed in 2013.

District Facilities Plan, Okanagan Similkameen School District, Oliver, BC - 2010

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Preparation of a long-range facilities plan for a school district with ten schools in five communities and declining enrolment. The main communities in the school district are Oliver, Osoyoos and Keremeos. The emerging plan called for a major redevelopment of a secondary school, the closure of three schools, and the conversion of a school to serve K-12. Benefits of the plan included the reduction of 570 surplus spaces, a maintenance budget allocated to five instead of eight schools, improved facility conditions, significant administrative savings, and access to a broader range of educational opportunities for secondary students. Completed in 2010.

District Facilities Review, Qualicum School District, Parksville, BC - 2010

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Development of facilities options for a school district with declining enrolment, especially in its secondary and middle schools. Parksville and Qualicum Beach are the two main communities in the mixed rural and urban school district. We recommended a future facilities scenario that called for the closure of one of the two secondary schools and the shift of Grade 9 from secondary to the three middle schools. Benefits of the plan included the reduction surplus spaces, improved facility conditions, significant administrative savings, and access to a broader range of educational opportunities for secondary students. Completed in 2010.