Honouring the best design-build projects

October 16, 2018

The Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton is the recipient of the 2018 Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI) Design-Build Award of Excellence. Photo courtesy CBDI[1]
The Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton is the recipient of the 2018 Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI) Design-Build Award of Excellence.
Photo courtesy CBDI

The recently-opened Royal Alberta Museum[2] (RAM) in Edmonton wins the 2018 Canadian Design-Build Institute[3] (CDBI) Design-Build Award of Excellence in the buildings category. The Vedder Bridge Replacement Project in Chilliwack, British Columbia, won in the major structural project category.

“It is a pleasure to highlight these design-build projects that not only got the job done in time and on budget, but include a high level of innovation,” said Gary Bale, CDBI chair. “The results underscore the benefits of design-build—the team approach—as a project delivery method.”

With the aim of changing the traditional perception of a museum, RAM was designed as a cultural learning and entertainment space. The project was completed on time with minimal change orders. The contract used was the CDBI-recommended Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) 14 – Design-Build Contract with a ‘not-to-exceed’ budget of $260 million. To promote an integrated design process, the project team co-ordinated their efforts using building information modelling (BIM) from the start of the submission. This facilitated evaluation of alternative solutions and element co-ordination.

The Vedder Bridge Replacement Project involved the replacement of a 1947-constructed steel girder bridge with one comprising wider traffic lanes and shoulders as well as two additional lanes. The design-build team lead by Emil Anderson Construction[4] proposed an innovative approach to the construction of an arch design—an approach that controlled the cost and included the city’s desire for a feature design. The city selected the winning team based on price (55 per cent) as well as design innovation (45 per cent). The designers, Klohn Crippen Berger[5], developed an innovative engineering solution for the erection of the new structure and demolition of the existing one, avoiding any in-stream temporary works. This minimized environmental impact and cost as well as made scheduling more reliable.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/RAM.jpg
  2. Royal Alberta Museum: https://www.constructioncanada.net/the-new-royal-alberta-museum-building-on-a-legacy/
  3. Canadian Design-Build Institute: http://www.cdbi.org/
  4. Emil Anderson Construction: https://eac.bc.ca/
  5. Klohn Crippen Berger: https://www.klohn.com/

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