October 16, 2013
Overcoming adversity earns silver for ITC
General Contractor over $40 million
Losing your main access point for three months in the middle of building five major structures could be a major disruption or show-stopper.
But, for the ITC Construction Group, it was a problem to be solved.
The Vancouver company handled it so well, it finished the 2300 Kingsway project ahead of schedule.
ITC also garnered a VRCA 2013 Silver Award of Excellence in the General Contractor Over $40 Million category for its efforts on the $65 million Vancouver job.
“For a project of this magnitude, it was a team effort all the way around,” said David Bowyer, construction manager with ITC.
Bowyer credits the close working relationship with the property owner, the Wall Financial Corporation.
He also praised the blue ribbon architectural design done by Dialog and the dedicated work done by all of the trades.
Built on the former site of a local landmark, the El Dorado Motel, the development occupies half a city block, with a City of Vancouver lane running through the middle.
Work started in December 2010.
While original plans called for simultaneous completion, the project was later broken into two phases because of more demanding requirements posed by some of the buildings, as well as a desire to benefit the owner, Bowyer said.
Phase one was a 22-storey, 197-unit concrete tower and an eight-storey, 138 unit concrete tower.
The more complex phase two had a steel-construction childcare facility, eight three-storey wood frame townhomes and an eight-storey 80-unit concrete tower.
Phase two was finished first, with the proviso that all three buildings had to achieve occupancy at the same time, Bowyer said.
The daycare was completed within nine months.
Substantial completion of phase two occurred in October 2012, three months ahead of schedule while phase one was substantially complete at the end of January 2013, also in advance of the schedule.
Because the busy streets of Kingsway, Nanaimo and East 30th Avenue bordered the project, the bisecting City of Vancouver lane had become an important access point during construction, Bowyer said.
But in February 2012, for two months, a contractor started work on infrastructure upgrades (hydro, telephone and data services), in effect limiting use of the strategic bit of road.
In July and August 2012, City of Vancouver crews arrived to install new sanitary and storm lines.
“As the lane was our main point of access, both occasions required detailed co-ordination and scheduling of works and material deliveries to keep the project moving without disruption to either the lane work being performed or the work on the buildings themselves,” Bowyer said.
At one busy point, three tower cranes were in operation.
More than 25,000 cubic metres of concrete were poured.
At the peak of construction, more than 250 workers were on-site.
“We delivered high-quality workmanship on a complex development to our client ahead of schedule and within budget, all while preserving the safety of our construction team,” said ITC’s president and CEO Doug MacFarlane.
“The icing on the cake is that homeowners moved in ahead of schedule and the overall development is transforming a neighbourhood.”
The development was designed to meet LEED Silver accreditation for the residential and retail components and LEED Gold status for the childcare facility.
Three of the buildings have green roofs.
Other sustainable elements included sediment control, the diversion of 86 percent of the construction waste, the use of recycled or regional building projects, creation of an air quality plan and the use of materials with low hazardous emissions.
One of the green roofs was the site of a party for 450 project employees after substantial completion had been reached, Bowyer said.
ITC also hosted the Canadian Construction Women’s Association.
More than 50 female construction professionals toured 2300 Kingsway in June 2012.
“It’s a nice-looking project,” said the Gold Seal certified Bowyer.
“It really enhances the neighbourhood.”
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