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Ball Construction also controlled costs by developing a design
review process in conjunction with the architect. Ball invited design
specialists to submit proposals for mechanical, electrical, refrigeration and sprinkler systems. "We wanted to control the design to meet
the budget," Nippell says. "We placed the design/build responsibility
on our partners to hold the line [on the budget]."
The construction manager analyzed each proposal before choosing subtrades. Subtrades were chosen based not just on cost, but also
on experience and overall value.
Decades of Experience
Ball Construction has prior experience working with two of the
subcontractors chosen for the project: Dordan Mechanical Inc., the
design/build mechanical contractor; and C&H Fire Suppression, who
are providing the sprinkler systems. The company also has a longstanding relationship with ACL Steel, the structural steel contractor.
The construction manager has not previously worked with ECCO
Electric, the electrical contractor, but chose them based on their
history and qualifications, Nippell says.
Ball Construction tapped its more than 30 years of experience
building arenas and recreational facilities for its work on the Pelham
Community Center. The company has built more than 45 ice surfaces throughout Ontario, as well as multipurpose facilities including
gyms, aquatic centers and spectator facilities.
"We have established a reputation as a leading design/builder
of arenas," he adds. "Our experience and knowledge, as well as the
relationships we've developed with our partners over the years, sets
us apart. We have many satisfied clients whose testimonials about
our work have really helped push new jobs our way."
The company's history dates back to 1923, when it was established as a partnership between brothers Frank and Harold Ball.
The company is currently owned by the third generation of the
Ball family. In addition to recreational facilities, Ball Construction
is also skilled in commercial, residential, industrial and historical
extensive value engineering on
the project to control costs.
Ball's past projects include some of Ontario's most architecturally
impressive facilities including the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo Health Sciences' School
of Pharmacy. Both of those projects were recognized with Awards
of Excellence by the Grand Valley Construction Association, the
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