Compass was required to begin work immediately in order to meet the project’s aggressive schedule. This 3 storey existing building is located in their busy downtown St. James Campus and is approximately 90 years old. These factors posed multiple logistical challenges.
The contracted scope of work included the supply and installation of a new 4 stop hydraulic elevator serving the basement and 2 above grade levels plus a newly created mid-level entrance stop to accommodate handicap accessibility.
The existing building is both wood frame and concrete construction necessitating extensive structural work to accommodate the new shaft penetrations. Excavating, forming and pouring the new elevator pit was also challenging due to the limited access to the basement and no staging area on the site as the building is built right up to the public sidewalk on the north and is completely land-locked on the other three sides.
Throughout the project, it was the collaborative method of problem solving that ensured success. All stakeholders worked together as a true team to ensure the project met all the goals established by George Brown College. The project serves as an excellent example of Compass’s ability to assume a leadership role in driving a project towards completion and in fostering a team approach amongst the stakeholders.