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Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre

On Friday, I had the opportunity to tour the Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre with the management team and project manager, and cover items of concern from the audit report in detail. As you may recall, there were numerous items of concern regarding the execution of the project management and protocols within the project. 


It is key to note, because of the complexity of the roof design and other features, the project is being constructed using cutting-edge technology known as B.I.M. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle (which is defined as the timeframe encompassed from its earliest conception to its demolition). This has assisted with the precise installation of numerous beams up to 125 feet in length with no issues.


-“fits like a glove”.  Ducting systems can be assembled on the ground and simply hosted up into pre-determined optimal positions.  This technology is the new direction of project management in larger building projects, and as it saves countless construction and assembly hours, we are thrilled to see it being put to use throughout the construction of this facility.


As you can see from the pictures, the building is extremely large in mass and contains many complex connections in an open design environment.  The architects have not only maintained open “sight lines” the length of the building, they have also created an active, welcoming first impression, no matter which door you enter from. We are also pleased to announce that the building goal is to achieve a silver LEEDS rating overall. Please note that the exterior material is intended to change in appearance over time (sample in the picture) which will make it appear to blend more into the natural setting surrounding the Centre.

A recent follow-up on the audit report on the Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre was completed and all but two items have been implemented/resolved.  An extension was granted for the Cost Performance Index (CPI) and the Schedule Performance Index (SPI).


The overall budgeting is on track as of August, 2016; however the time schedule is questionable and I will not have a more precise estimate for another month or so (original was Q3, 2017). As you may know, the YMCA is being contracted to operate the centre. (Hockey will be separate).

For more information on the Centre, please go to the following links:
Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre:

Facilty Design:

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