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  Royal Winnipeg Ballet Capital RenovationsRoyal Winnipeg Ballet Capital Renovations

Construction Manager & Cost Estimator

GWH Construction Management Services Ltd.
419 Laidlaw Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3P 0K8

General Description

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Currency Conversion Rate: April 2014 (0.90931)
Date Bid: Apr 2014 Construction Period: June 2014 to May 2015
Total Square Feet:Site:Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: — Building Height:
Basic Construction Type: Renovation.
Foundation: Existing. Exterior Walls: Existing. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete, existing. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Architect: Leslie J. Stechesen Architect - 601 Jessie Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3L0L1
Structural Engineer: Hanuschak Consultants Inc. - 26 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3C 1P7
Electrical Engineer: MCW/AGE Consulting Professional Engineers - 210-1821 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3H 0G4
Interior Designer: Jan Ash and Associates Ltd. - 1 Nanton Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3L 0G5

The 75 year old world-renowned Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), was in desperate need of upgrades to their building which houses the Company, School and Administrative Offices. Originally built in 1986, the existing facility located in downtown Winnipeg, Canada had remained virtually unchanged, as far as major system upgrades and cosmetic finishes in public areas were concerned until recently, when the need to repair and upgrade the facility was spearheaded by the Executive Director. A campaign to the current board of directors, local, provincial and federal governments were established to secure funding grants and loans for the renovations.

The process began in 2012 and in 2013 GWH Construction Management Services Ltd. (GWHCMS) was contracted to cost and assist in determining budgets needed for funding. GWHCMS would later become the construction manager for the RWB to oversee the various projects that were to be carried out during the renovations.

In 2013, the RWB hired Leslie J. Stechesen and Jan Ash Design to develop a plan to renovate the cosmetic finishes in the common areas and the main floor public performance studio. GWHCMS also assisted in determining what was required for RWB#s roof replacement needs along with roofing consultant DK Bennett and Associates. For the much needed upgrade to the domestic hot water heating system and boiler and chiller replacement, mechanical engineers G.D. Stasynec and Associates were contracted.

In the spring of 2014 the budgets were approved, funding was obtained and construction had commenced. Because the building remained open and active during the renovations, the projects needed to be broken down into multiple phases which posed challenges for the RWB as well as the staff, students and the public, however after 11 months the projects were successfully completed.

There were three major challenges that occurred during the renovations. The first one was the two month targeted date of completion of the main floor performance studio, which was successfully achieved. The second challenge was the painting of 2, two-story interior atrium ceilings and walls which required the erection of scaffolding in floor areas covering 1,875 square feet on the 2nd floor and 520 square feet on the main floor. Lastly, the challenge came in the redevelopment of the main floor public reception lobby that included the installation of new stairs that connect the main floor lobby to the mezzanine area and second floor atrium. The work on the stairs and lobby area was broken into 5 phases within a total footprint of approximately 1,400 square feet. This included having to customize traffic flow and lobby access, entry/exit vestibules and the passenger elevator.

The visual and functional results are outstanding and all stakeholders agree that the effort paid off well. With the completed renovation projects and upgrades over the course of the past 11 months, Canada#s Royal Winnipeg Ballet can proudly move on to another quarter century focusing on teaching, creating and performing extraordinary dance.

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