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will confirm the envelope performance and any deficiencies
identified will be rectified.
"We have emphasized that a thermographic review takes place
and the trades are coordinating amongst themselves to make
sure there are no holes," Preston says. Preparing for those daily
reviews in routine field work has helped subcontractors avoid
rework and delays. "For every time you do rework that means
you're stopping and you're not going forward," he adds. "So far,
we haven't had any delays to the project due to having to do
major reworks."
Timing has been a consideration since work began. The nature
of the relationship with the sub structure and super structure
meant that Bird needed to finish the steel sections of the structure by May 1 so that it could have the building enclosed and
ready for interior work this winter. That was especially important
in light of weather challenges last year that caused delays and
forced the city to grant an extension from July 2018 to September
for the building to be turned over to the owner, with an opening
date of January 2019.
Adding to the challenge, the project is being built on a sloped
site. During rainy periods, the area can become slippery, making
it difficult to complete tasks in a timely manner. However, that
challenge has gotten easier over time as the sidewalks, curbs
and gutters were placed. About 75 percent of that site work was
completed by early December.
Bird was able to hit those strict deadlines by using technologies that allowed for an efficient construction process. Building
information modeling (BIM) has played an important role. Every
aspect of the project has been modeled, from clash detection to
finishes and technical systems, and those models are continuously updated every time there is a change.
All those alterations generate a lot of blueprint drawings,
which can create issues if subcontractors are working off outdated plans. To keep everything straight and avoid errors, Bird
is utilizing PlanGrid, a construction management system that
allows for seamless sharing of construction documents with
every worker on a site.
"Our team identified efficiencies prior to construction, which
has allowed it to maintain that schedule," Preston says.
Using BIM and PlanGrid, Bird was able to figure out how to
integrate the foundation for the site's construction crane into the
building's foundation, saving time and reducing costs.
For the building's atrium, steel and glass contractors were able
to better coordinate the construction process between the off-site
fabrication and installation while accounting for different tolerance thresholds.
BIM has been such an asset on the Seton Recreation Facility
project that Preston and Neher believe it will become more
common in future projects. The company's Calgary branch has
already hired a dedicated BIM manager to maximize the potential of the technology. "We see the benefits and advantages of it
and we are taking it to other projects that aren't as big, but we see
the value in it," Neher says."

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