Needs Assessment Projects

Long Range Facilities Plan, 2018 Update, Sooke School District - 2018

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We prepared an update of the long range facilities plan for the rapidly growing school district. We estimated that enrolment would increase by 37% over the next decade to just under 14,000 students. Our plan called for seven new schools as well as the expansion of several existing schools to accommodate the anticipated growth. Completed in 2018. 

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.

Long Range Facilities Plan, 2017 Update, North Vancouver School District, BC - 2017

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We prepared an update to the long range facilities plan for this stable and growing community. Anticipated increased  enrolment will create overcrowding in a few schools and deteriorating building conditions in several schools require upgrading or replacement. Our plan called for a new elementary school in an emerging neighbourhood, several replacement schools and a few expansions. Completed in 2017.

Capacities for Argyle and Handsworth Secondary Schools, North Vancouver, BC - 2016

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We prepared enrolment forecasts and studied adjacent schools to determine the optimum capacity for Argyle and Handsworth Secondary Schools. Completed in 2016.

Ontario Courtroom Forecasting Model, 2015 Update - 2016

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We refined and updated a method for forecasting the long-range demand for judicial hearing rooms (courtrooms and judicial conference rooms). Part of our work focused on determining how well the model predicted courtroom utilization over the past few years. We also refined the courtroom utilization rate in the context of our client’s objective to improve the effective use of courtrooms. Completed in 2016.

Needs Assessment, Halton and Peel Regions, Ontario - 2016

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We estimated the future need for judicial hearing rooms (courtrooms and judicial conference rooms) for Halton and Peel regions, both rapidly growing areas west of Toronto. One aspect of this assignment was to explore an option to have a proposed new courthouse in Halton serve some of the needs of neighbouring Peel. Our needs assessment for Peel was primarily to provide guidance for the design team addressing an addition to the Brampton Courthouse. Our analysis for Halton was for a proposed consolidated courthouse to replace the two existing deficient facilities. A key challenges in assessing future need for judicial hearing rooms in Peel was to estimate the level of ‘unmet demand’ in a courthouse that has been overutilized for several years. Another challenge for both locations was to estimate the supplementary need for judicial conference rooms for activities that were not consistently recorded. We concluded that by 2041 Peel would need 65 judicial hearing rooms, and Halton would need 26 judicial hearing rooms. Completed Peel in 2015 and Halton in 2016.