The Slave Lake Government Centre and Library houses a town hall, library, and provincial government offices. In May 2011, the majority of the 84,000-square-foot building burned down during a massive wildfire that devastated the town of Slave Lake. The concrete foundation and a small portion of the building, suffering extensive fire suppression water damage, were the only parts of the building to survive the intense blaze.
Four months after the fire, PCL mobilized onsite and renovated the surviving flood-damaged portion of the building (Phase 1), while simultaneously rebuilding the structure destroyed by fire (Phase 2). In a quest to complete Phase 1 on schedule, the team anticipated the design changes and existing construction challenges, and resolved them in a timely manner. This attention to detail allowed the Government of Alberta and its provincial court to resume operations in the building just one year after the fire.
Strong project planning and execution, combined with outstanding leadership, resulted in Phase 2 being completed two months ahead of schedule and on budget. A strong and trusting working relationship was forged with the consultant group and clients throughout construction of both phases.