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 contains laboratories including structures, fluid dynamics, chemistry, and physics, as well as numerous undergraduate teaching and study spaces. The facility also incorporates postgraduate and faculty research and office spaces. The project comprises a concrete structure that includes three floors below grade and six floors above, and is located at the heart of the University Campus adjacent to the public transitway. All work took place on an operational campus. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification.
As both 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 in 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, involving in part the identification and sequencing of project milestones on this ultra-fasttrack project. These stakeholders collaboratively created and continually reassessed progressive project milestones at frequent and regular meetings, to ensure that the program would be completed before the mandatory completion date required by the owner.