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In March 2014, Dalton was entrusted by St. Andrew's College to act as its construction manager to renovate and upgrade the kitchen and servery, dining hall, expand its theatre and modernize its auditorium, music room and technology lab. In addition, Dalton was tasked with creating an outdoor amphitheater and teaching courtyard. In total, the $18.6M project involved adding 44,000 square feet of new space and renovating 15,000 square feet of existing facilities.

Challenges posed by the project included an aggressive schedule (completion in February 2015), student and staff occupancy during construction, substantial renovations that tied into existing structures, and complex enhancements to its live performance theatre.

Applying its Alternative Approach to Building—which involves a considerable effort to understand the ideas and concerns of the client, architect and consultants—Dalton solved these challenges, providing St. Andrew’s with “best results, on time and on budget”, according to the school. Delivering on budget included $2.1M in owner-approved changes that arose during the construction period.

Of particular note is the gala lift installed in the renovated theatre: an innovative, new addition to the school. Equipped with a mechanical system that allows two rows of seating to drop into the theatre’s stage floor, the gala lift allows the school to expand performance and seating space as required.

Throughout the project, Dalton updated the school with regular Definition of Success reports, which measured the project’s progress against goals established by St. Andrew’s at the outset. This ensured clear, consistent communication and prompt issue resolution with all key project stakeholders: two critical components that led to the project’s overall success.

Dalton facilitated regular onsite meetings with trades to discuss progress, goals and issues. Our site manager carried out daily inspections of work at the school, and, any work that was not to standard or in accordance with the construction documents was identified and promptly rectified the work. We also encouraged comments from consultants and our third-party inspector with respect to Quality Control so that issues could be rectified immediately. In addition to our Site Manager, our Project Manager and General Manager of Operations also carried out inspection of work to assess the quality of workmanship. This approach ensured that nothing was overlooked.

As the construction manager on the project, Dalton assumed all responsibility for the health and safety on the St. Andrew’s College work site. Dalton worked closely with the school to ensure health and safety requirements were rigorously achieved while construction took place during the school year. No health and safety incidents occurred during the building process, and staff and students reported minimal disruption as a result of construction.

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