The Mosaic Centre Project Team delivered an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) primer to a packed house at the 2014 CHANDOS leadership retreat held at the River Cree Resort last Thursday night. A sea of project managers and site superintendents looked…
Wow! I must have done something pretty awesome in a previous life to land this sweet gig. As champion of the working group for the Mosaic Centre, I help represent the thoughts and opinions of the staff from Oil Country Engineering, EcoAmmo and NotBox, the first three tenants of the space. It’s a big job trying to make everyone happy, but I’m more than ready for the challenge.
After months of design and teamwork, I’m happy to report that we have finally broken ground on the Mosaic Project. We are in the midst of finishing the last details on the construction drawings. The building permit drawings are into the City for their approval. The project is moving along!!!
BIM, Building Information Modeling, is nothing more than a virtual three-dimensional digital design with embedding information. This information can be about cost, materials, qualities, source of manufacturing, contact information for servicing, instructions for recycling or, simply, length, width, height and weight. This information can evolve as the BIM model is constructed into reality or as the design gets renovated and remodeled.
As I rewind through this journey, I look back at the road our team has travelled thus far on The Mosaic Centre project. What was first believed to be “just another project”, has certainly evolved into something far more extraordinary.
I approached the Mosaic Centre construction site and felt my stomach flip. A carefully constructed labyrinth of security fence, job shacks and survey stakes consumed the corner lot. Holy shit … “we’re really doing this Harry”. At that moment, it felt like the entire project experience to that point in time was like a fire drill. Unprepared for the emotion that would rise up, I sat frozen in the driver’s seat and looked on.
When we were first approached by Chandos to be a part of the Mosaic Centre, we felt excited about a new and innovative building in the Edmonton market and uneasy about the unknown Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process. As a material supply company that has been around for over 60 years, we had never been a part of an IPD project nor heard of the IPD construction process. We were accustomed to the standard or “old” way of tendering and supplying structural wood for a project, and this was a totally different way of thinking.
Why getting the right team in place is critical at the beginning of a project...
Preliminary meetings show both excitement and fear respecting the IPD approach.
Interviews with staff help build a culture of openness and raise self-awareness among the team.