Lafarge was an integral part of the $150 million project dedicated to creating a multi-use community based on the principles of smart growth and sustainable community design.
The site was initially used for the Currie Barracks Canadian Forces Base until 1998. This project marked its third development phase and had a historical significance that everyone involved needed to be mindful of.
Lafarge's scope encompassed the construction of surface improvements and deep and shallow utility construction, which claimed $6.6 million of the total project budget.
The challenges for this project were multifold. Canada Lands Company (CLC), the lead land developer, wanted to ensure all historical structures remained protected throughout the development due to their historical and sentimental significance. The protection and rehabilitation of historically meaningful structures from Calgary's largest military base means that works were completed with an eye toward caution and care in all operations.
Additionally, building in an area of dense existing development - institutional, commercial, and residential – posed a challenge. It was essential to maximize resources, timelines, and teams to ensure that the project adhered to a schedule without compromising the priorities and goals of all stakeholders.
Currie's proximity to neighbours like Mount Royal College, Clearwater Academy, and communities such as Rutland Park, Altadore, and Garrison Woods necessitated stringent measures to mitigate noise pollution and dust control to avoid disturbing neighbours from the ongoing development.
Moreover, with connections to significant arteries for existing residents as well as neighbouring communities, the roadworks scope evolved to consider future demands and growth. Water management design paired with Calgary's yearly temperature fluctuations meant that quality materials needed to be paired with quality performance.
With Currie, Lafarge employed a dual-pronged approach to ensure minimal disruption to the communities, businesses, and operations nearby while using care and foresight to execute carefully for CLC.
Relationship building was essential, and Lafarge teams managed the aspect successfully by ensuring that:
Lafarge developed a thorough quality control management plan to ensure the roadwork did not interfere with any historical building dating back to 1930 to prevent damage. Lafarge also planned for minimal disruption to the communities, businesses, and operations nearby while using care and foresight to execute carefully for CLC.