April 2019 – January 2020
Project Value: $2.0M
Binnie was retained by British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 2019 for renovations to establish new classrooms for the Visual Arts and 3D Modelling departments, as well as accessibility improvements throughout the building. This facility renovation project was valued at $2 million and was successfully completed in January 2020.
Binnie’s role as the Project Manager representing the owner included managing the Prime Consultant, the General Contractor, and other consultants and sub-contractors for the renovation of the new classroom space on the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) campus. Responsibilities ncluded completely replacing the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, data, and lighting systems.
The project also included the new gender-neutral and accessible washrooms. Binnie performed extensive stakeholder engagement and management and submitted monthly status reports to the Audit and Finance committee.
This project demonstrated Binnie’s ability to manage complex facility renovation projects at BCIT. A prominent challenge included the level of engagement and coordination required due to BCIT sharing the building with external stakeholders and research groups. Binnie acted as the liaison between these parties and all other BCIT departments to maintain a high level of communication and consideration for how the project could affect many different parties.
Throughout this project, Binnie provided a detail-oriented approach to communication while striving to deliver the project on budget and schedule. In addition, Binnie engaged BCIT stakeholders in the project, and managed and monitored communications throughout the project lifecycle.
Binnie also managed schedule challenges that arose due to the building permit being issued by the City of Burnaby over two months late by working closely with the consultant and contractor, including holding weekly construction meetings to coordinate and mitigate the schedule delay caused by the City. The project was completed in time for the start of the Winter semester in 2020 as initially planned.
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