This design-build addition to the Niagara Regional Headquarters Building is a 10,300 square-metre, three-storey adjunct to the existing 7,900 square-metre Regional Headquarters building.
The addition enabled Niagara Region to consolidate various health and social services offices into one central facility while achieving a dynamic, high-quality workspace environment.
There were many time-consuming issues that arose related to changes in structural design, scheduling, budget and safety. Seven different departmental needs had to be accommodated throughout the project. Managing these various requests required skilful diplomacy and careful coordination with all consultants and sub-trades.
The open concept design with high ceilings and visible infrastructure required a high degree of quality control to maintain a clean look.
Parking and traffic circulation could not be hampered. Illumination and security had to be maintained for personal safety and fire access routes needed to remain open. As well, requirements for LEED certification were above the norm and had an associated learning curve.
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A professionally facilitated design process helped develop a plan that successfully integrated concerns of all parties involved in planning and construction as well as with Niagara Region representatives.
The building is organized around a central atrium space which brings natural light into interior offices while creating a flexible social space for workers. Staff using the building have praised the bright appearance.
Accountability by everyone involved created a very effective working environment, resulting in successful completion of the project’s goals both on time and on budget.
We overcame all hurdles on this first LEED project and achieved LEED Silver. Energy savings are already being realized.
Throughout the duration of the project there was no lost time due to accidents. In all respects, the owner was very pleased.