Millennium Project Adopts Winning Strategy
someone offered you a proven strategy for success in managing complex
building projects, you’d be a fool to turn it down. That’s why the
Millennium Project’s Steering Committee accepted the opportunity to
participate in a one-day partnering workshop, held recently at the Britannia
Project is the 2 800-sq. metre building fronting on Carling Avenue at
Shirley’s Bay, currently under construction. With a tight project deadline
of December 31, 1999, it was essential that those involved co-operate with
each other and behave as a team of partners.
Industry Canada’s Spectrum Certification and Engineering
Bureau, which has outgrown its outdated facilities on Clyde Avenue, will
occupy two thirds of the space in the new facility. The other third will
accommodate more CRC Innovation Centre clients.
The high profile Millennium Project has many players:
governmental groups (including PWGSC, Defence Construction Canada, CRC,
Industry Canada, NCC); engineers; architects and architect advocates; and
the general contractors and subcontractors. An on-site management team,
responsible for the facility once the project is complete, also attended the
The goals of the partnering workshop were to assure
cooperation among these groups through interaction and to build a charter
and a dispute resolution grid. The charter sets out common goals and a
vision of how the groups will work together; the grid establishes a
structure in which problems and issues can be voiced and resolved within
specified time periods.
At the partnering workshop, the group brainstormed on
problems that could arise in the next few months as construction progresses
as well as on solutions to these problems, and they built the charter
document together. All partners involved signed the charter.
The partnering approach has been successfully employed on
numerous American and Canadian construction projects and has resulted in
better cooperation, clearer lines of communication and less litigation. The
majority of participants (90%) declared the partnering session a success.