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Tenant Fit-Out for Ontario Power Generation

Location Toronto, Ontario
Contract Method Construction Management
Sector Commercial
Sub sector Office Building
Client Ontario Power Generation
Completion Date Completed - Jun 2019
Size 120,000 square feet
features Occupied Environment, Dense Urban Environment, Interiors
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Tenant Fit-Out for Ontario Power Generation

Interior renovation of 2 floors including select demolition, abatement, and complete tenant fit-out of space that incorporates new open workstation concept, multiple collaborative spaces, staff serveries and complete with AV and furniture package.

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Successful Multi-Stakeholder Fit-Out

With the goal of phased occupancy by OPG, the fit-out work also included 39 enclosed meeting rooms and a large boardroom. Magil also performed work for the landlord of common areas on the floor plate. After completion, the Ontario Power Generation raved about the Magil team and their attention to detail and collaborative nature. Moving forward, this format will be used for all of their offices.

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Initial Challenges to Overcome

The project posed a challenge of meeting the client’s requested delivery dates for both floors (18th and 19th); This was mainly because the project was facing constant delays on preceding or initial matters. Permit delays, designated material report missing areas that included asbestos in joint compounds, and design changes causing multiple change orders in effect, further adding to the base scope.

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Taking the Lead

Challenges were addressed by taking all these factors into consideration and acting upon them immediately by the project team—it was decided that weekly progress meetings will take place, where team members including key subtrades (MEP), consultants and OPG decision makers address and resolve concerns. A period of 1–3 days was brought into action to take decisions on change orders and open RFIs; this also enabled quick turnarounds on decisions and cost approvals. Meetings and conference calls were arranged to address and negotiate any associated costs and trade quotations.

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Proactivity: Early Works

As the building permit issuance was delayed by the city, Magil’s project team commenced all early works on both floors to avoid delays; these authorized works included removal of lock lift, carpet and adhesive along with ceiling tiles.

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Mitigating Impacts to the Schedule

A schedule impact matrix was brought into action from the initiation of the project; this matrix assisted in reflecting all delays and factors causing them. Weekly meetings were conducted between the project team, OPG and consultants to review this impact matrix. Further on, the project schedule was based on this matrix as well. It was decided that, as asbestos abatement will be ongoing on the 19th floor, the 18th floor can be completed simultaneously for delivery of this floor on April 5, 2019.

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Better Change Management = No Surprises

In order to receive a quick turnaround on approval, a CD (Change Directive) process was attained. Rough order of magnitude was provided, well in advance to avoid any conflicts or surprises during the issuance of change orders. Weekly change order review meetings were conducted with OPG and designers at Figure 3, to ensure approvals are being processed on a timely basis and not affecting overall project schedule.

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Project Completion Celebration

Magil hosted an appreciation lunch for the project team including the Senior OPG Executives, Figure 3 Architects and HIDI team. At this luncheon, OPG executives appreciated Magil’s efforts and stated that even though the project faced initial challenges, the construction team from Magil reflected abundant diligence and expertise to ensure the floors were delivered on time and within the targeted budget. They were impressed with Magil’s collaborative efforts and mentioned that they look forward to partner with Magil’s project team for future ventures.