Efficiency of Approach
Under a Public-Private Partnership (P3), the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement (ASAP) 1 project was completed in 2010. A series of 18 schools were designed and constructed using a design-build tendering methodology which required finding an efficient, competitive, structural solution in order to bid on the project. Projects of this nature typically require a large initial investment of time and effort as well as large amounts of coordination with the contractor and architect and other engineering disciplines in order to arrive at the best solution for all parties.
Pursuant to architectural and client intent, prototypes were designed to suit different school boards and sites and to provide a durable, cost-effective and efficient solution. All schools were steel-framed structures, typically supported by a cast-in-place pile foundation systems. During the design phase of the project, each system was carefully selected to meet LEED Silver criteria, with all schools subsequently meeting this standard.
Using our ability to find efficiencies, the ASAP 1 schools were completed on time and under budget, and received a Top Project Award (Institutional, 2010) from Alberta Construction Magazine.