The new STEM Complex joins together a number of existing Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics functions at the University of Ottawa. An existing building was demolished to make room for the new 300,000-square-foot STEM building, which will contain various laboratories including structures, fluid dynamics, chemistry, and physics, as well as numerous undergraduate teaching and study spaces. The facility will also incorporate postgraduate and faculty research and office spaces. The project comprised a concrete structure that includes three floors below grade and six floors above, and is located in the heart of the University Campus adjacent to the public transitway. All work is taking place within an operational campus. The project is targeted to achieve LEED Gold certification.
As the design and construction management contracts were awarded simultaneously, it was critical that the owner, design team, and construction management team were immediately on the same page for all facets of the project—from owner requirements and project communications to final design deliverables and schedule objectives. To meet this planning challenge, PCL initiated a highly collaborative scheduling methodology to address critical initial program targets for all parties, in part involving the identification and sequencing of milestones on this ultra-fasttrack project. Meeting on a frequent and regular basis, these stakeholders collaboratively created and continuously reassessed progressive project milestones to ensure that the program would be completed before the mandatory completion date required by the owner.