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Orpyx Fit-Up (COVID-19 Response)

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Project Overview

Two Calgary firms (Orpyx Medical Technologies and Fidelity Manufacturing) teamed up to locally produce facemasks to aid Alberta’s COVID response. During a prospective property review on May 1, 2020, they noted a required start date of July 1 due to the critical need for PPE. Sixty days later on June 30, 2020, the improvement was turned over to the tenant, including a 4,000 square foot ISO 8 Clean Room production facility to allow for medical grade certification. This project was delivered on time due to a strong risk management plan that was implemented immediately on May 1 and continued throughout the project.

Before and After

The decision to proceed required a financial analysis based on a budget provided on May 20 while some elements of the design were still underway.

A construction management arrangement was used to solicit and award packages as they were completed by the design team to maximize certainty prior to establishment of the budget.

Following May 20, the Project Manager coordinated and negotiated between the tenant and design team to steer the project towards the upset budget, which was not exceeded.

Common clean room equipment was not available on the required timelines.

The Project Manager worked directly with contractor sub-trades to determine what equipment could be sourced and ensured the design incorporated these items.

The schedule was met by:

  • Significant pre-design by the Project Management team to align on an overall strategy to allow for equipment pre-orders that were later incorporated into the design.
  • Crashing the schedule (multiple construction shifts, accelerated design schedule).
  • Fast-tracking the schedule (phase design plan that allowed construction to begin while design was still underway).

Renovated Atrium Increases Building Value

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Challenge:

Increase building value by attracting new tenants and boost current tenant satisfaction levels amidst the following considerations:

  • Impose minimal disruption to tenant operations
  • Maintain the health of live plants and fish
  • Integrate innovative design into the finished product

Solution:

A three-phase approach was implemented to ensure smooth project delivery.

  1. Design & Prep Work
  2. Construction
  3. Finishing Touches

Before and After

At the outset, Edon’s project management team engaged an interior design company to create drawings and specifications for new floor tiles, carpet, paint, and other finishes.

Based on these drawings a tender was issued to complete the work. All contractors underwent a thorough prequalification process including meeting mandatory components such as WCB clearance, COR or safety program compliance, insurance coverage, criminal record checks, and compliance with Edon’s quality program. Based on the bids received, Edon recommended a contractor that could meet the project’s goals.

Taking into consideration the scope of work, an engineering firm completed a structural report to determine if the atrium could safely support an

electrical boom lift. It was advised that the central sections of the atrium could safely support the lift and it was approved to proceed.

To avoid adverse health effects to the atrium’s plants, Edon’s building horticulturalist was notified to remove all plants from the planter and pond beds and prune trees or plants that couldn’t be removed to allow for scaffolding. The pond’s goldfish were also temporarily relocated.

Before construction commenced, a notice was sent out to all tenants in the building informing them of the work and a tentative completion schedule.

The notice also outlined what they could expect in terms of noise and dust, and stressed the importance of following all posted signs for their safety. Noisy and disruptive work was performed after hours, but the majority of work occurred during regular business hours.

The construction contractor worked for a total of three months to install scaffold, prime walls, plaster, paint, remove scaffold, remove tile, install new carpet and floor tile, and perform electrical and plumbing work. The garden was waterproofed and waterlines relocated. Light poles were removed and new lighting installed that highlighted the space’s features.

Working simultaneously with phase two, Edon engaged a furniture contractor to do up a plan that would match the new finishes and layout.

Fulfilling the goal of incorporating innovative design into the space, selected furniture contained charging stations for phones and laptops. Therefore it was important to coordinate the type and location of furniture with the electrical contractor before construction was fully completed.

With furniture in place and construction finished, both plants and fish were returned to the space. Edon’s Project Manager conducted a deficiency walkthrough to identify areas requiring improvement and followed up with the contractor to repair. Upon final client approval, the project was successfully closed.

With a modernized atrium as the focal point of the facility, the property increased its competitiveness in the marketplace, retained tenants, and ultimately increased in value. Edon’s client realized both an immediate and long-term return on investment through the successful implementation of this capital project.

File Room Renovation

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Challenge:

Convert an existing file room into an exam room within two months to meet a critical client deadline.

Solution:

Through a client approved tendering process, Edon engaged design and engineering consultants to prepare tender drawings and specifications. All work occurred in occupied space during normal business hours, except tasks requiring water or mechanical shutoffs were completed after hours to avoid client disruption. The Project Manager oversaw demolition, construction, millwork, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work for safety, quality, and legislative control.

Before and After

Parking Lot Expansion

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Challenge:

Create more parking by expanding the current lot and building a retaining wall.

Solution:

Before the project commenced, Edon coordinated with multiple stakeholders to acquire land for the parking lot expansion. Once secured, a geotechnical investigation was performed to study the area, create the design, and secure the development permit. A construction contractor was engaged to build a concrete retaining wall and expand the parking area based on the approved design. Edon monitored the project from start to finish ensuring proper documentation and communication with all parties involved.

Before and After

Mouldy Wall Remediation

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Challenge:

Remediate and repair a mouldy wall on the inside of an emergency response facility within two months.

Solution:

Edon provided tender services to engage a general contractor for the supply and installation of materials and labour following the client’s tendering procedures. Throughout the course of the project Edon’s team undertook inspections and supervised the work ensuring compliance with scope, budget, and schedule. An occupational hygienist was also engaged to perform air quality tests and provide clearance.

Before and After