The University College of the North (UCN) in Thompson is the only post-secondary educational institute in northern Manitoba. The project site is over 700 kilometers (435 miles) north of PCL’s Winnipeg office.
The UCN project will come complete with a four-story, 8,360-square-meter (90,000-sq.-ft.) building; an extensive roadworks package; relocated and installed utilities; campus parking lots; and landscaping. The project is being delivered under a construction management contract, and is being sequentially tendered to accelerate the schedule and save money, where possible. When tendering the piling, in fact, the project team challenged the stated requirement for a certain coating, and, in eliminating said coating, saved the client $500,000.