This 320,000-square-foot facility, located on a 25-acre site in Barrie, is a customer data disaster recovery center for the Bank of Montreal (BMO). The project called for a 60,000-square-foot data center, a corresponding central utilities building, a three-story office building with an adjoining atrium, and surface parking for 660 vehicles. This facility has a redundancy rating of 2N+1, and it achieved the highest possible rating (a Tier IV classification) from the Uptime Institute's internationally recognized tier classification system.
In order to meet BMO’s commissioning mandate, an aggressive, ultra fasttrack, 16-month schedule was followed. The PCL team also realized that an early start on the complex and extensive interior mechanical and electrical work was required, but the shoring posts involved in traditional formwork systems would congest the area and prevent work from progressing to the interior until the concrete cured and shoring posts were removed. To facilitate an early start, PCL and the formwork subcontractor utilized a shoreless suspended slab formwork system, which did not require shoring posts and allowed easy access so interior work could begin immediately.