To determine the method that would be used to design and build CHARS, PriceWaterhouseCoopers performed an assessment of four potential options. The options assessed were:
Based on the analysis from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Construction Management was determined to be the most appropriate approach for the Station. For more information about this analysis, please see the CHARS Feasibility Study.
Construction Management is an approach that allows for overlap between design and construction of the facility. As part of this approach, the construction manager works simultaneously as a construction advisor and as the general contractor. As a construction advisor, the construction manager will work alongside the architects as a team member, sharing their experience, providing input as the design evolves, and taking responsibility for the budget and schedule for the project. As a general contractor, the construction manager will be responsible for hiring sub-contractors and overseeing construction activities, as portions of the building design are complete.
There are a number of benefits that come from using a Construction Management approach. The overlap between design and construction will allow the construction of the building to start before all the specifics of the design are complete, which will speed up the construction process. A construction manager will ensure coordination and flexibility in contracting and procurement. Construction Management offers a better opportunity for sub-contractors and locally-based tradespeople to bid on construction work packages, thereby strengthening the goals of community integration. This approach will also provide AANDC with maximum design input and control, which will ensure that the facility fully supports the CHARS’ science and technology (S&T) program.
Construction Management will support innovation while ensuring that the development of the S&T program and partnership opportunities can be integrated into the infrastructure plans as they are refined.