Sustainability, innovation, and waste reduction were priorities for Okanagan College in the design, construction, and operation of the new 6,000-square-meter expansion to their Trades Training Facility in Kelowna.
As part of the construction strategy, the team implemented Lean Integrated project delivery (IPD) principles—a first for the college. The Last Planner System was implemented for PCL’s role; this system is a collaborative process where all trades collaborate to define their construction plans and durations. Literally everyone works together to see where they fit on the master schedule, and to understand what each trade needs to finish before another can start their work.
Another priority was keeping classes in session. The college and PCL formulated a detailed schedule more than a year in advance. Timetables were adapted and space found for every program that would be affected throughout the process. Doing so required a great deal of communication, flexibility, and coordination.
The expansion project, which is targeting LEED Platinum certification, was carried out at one of the most sustainable trades training facilities in the world.