Project Details

Owner:
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Location:
Spruce Grove, AB
Project Delivery Method:
Design-Bid-Build
Architect:
Planworks Architecture
Contractor:
KorAlta Construction
Construction Value:
$3.3 Million
Timeline:
September 2015 – September 2016
Building size:
12,650 SF
Disciplines:
Structural
Mechanical
Electrical
Discipline Leads:
Stephen Burdett
Wes Bullock

Project Summary

NAIT CRANE OPS FACILITY

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology opened a Spruce Grove campus in fall 2016. This location was designed to house their high-demand Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator program and provide flexibility for existing programs that might need more space than the school’s main campus could provide. The new site includes classrooms, offices, a simulation lab, and an outdoor training facility.

Arrow was contracted to oversee and advise on the electrical, structural, and mechanical engineering of the new property. Our team worked diligently to coordinate between the numerous invested parties, including the team at NAIT, the developer, and the teams completing the site work.

A challenge that is inherent in any project with numerous partners is ensuring communication between all parties is clear, consistent, and reliable.

By focusing our efforts on this, we were able to create a clear understanding of not only what was expected, but why, and work towards meeting all of those needs.

This time-sensitive project required a number of special considerations outside of a basic electrical and mechanical scope. The crane simulator room houses a heavy computer load, which meant the electrical systems needed to accommodate a higher draw than normal, and the cooling system needed to ensure there was appropriate ventilation for operation.

The thorough attention to detail and deadlines allowed us to deliver this project on budget and in time for the opening date for students.

 

“One of the biggest challenges we faced was getting approvals from all the necessary parties on this fast-tracked project, but we were able to deliver everything on time for students to walk through the doors in September.”
– Wes Bullock, Arrow Senior Project Manager

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