By delivering its projects on time and within budget, Manshield Construction proves to its clients that they can come back time and again for the same quality of work. And the company has proven this for almost 40 years.
The majority of Manshield’s clients are repeat work, based on its solid foundation and reputation. Senior Project Manager John D’Ignazio says the company’s strength lies in being able to take on a project, put a realistic budget and schedule together and apply it to the job at hand to meet the client’s expectations.
The idea when working with a client on construction management basis is to bring constructability and project management value to the table. It also means that Manshield is part of the team at the project onset, so that when the project finally goes from design to construction, most of the critical design/planning issues have been dealt with on a collaborative basis with the client, consultants and major trades. “Manshield is then confident as the constructor that the developed project, with the pricing given, can be realized both on schedule and within budget,” D’Ignazio says.
Manshield works in a variety of industries from institutional, retail, industrial and commercial properties to senior housing and healthcare projects. D’Ignazio’s latest project, Accès-access Saint-Boniface, broke ground in August 2014.
Accès-access Saint-Boniface is a partnership between the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Manitoba Health Healthy Living and Seniors & Manitoba Family Services & Centre de Santè. The site is leased and operated by the WRHA and offers a broad range of programs and services to the community of Saint-Boniface, in both official languages. As the fifth of six ACCESS Centres in Winnipeg, this initiative builds on the core principles to improve family and local access to community-based health and social services and to create an integrated approach to service delivery.
The site offers a one-stop-shop source to a full range of health and social services and information, as well as: Centre de santè, a primary care clinic; the Bilingual Service Centre; the Provincial Health Contact Centre – Health Links/Info Santè; the City of Winnipeg; and support and educational opportunities for staff and the community it serves.
The design of Accès-access Saint-Boniface is a contemporary, welcoming environment, which reflects the distinct historic aspects of the community through the inclusion of murals and appropriate colours and finishes that are representative of its rich history.
Capital Planning worked closely with the program staff and consultants during the integrated design process to plan the interior and to respond to the many functions required of the centre. It was a collaborative process and approach that engaged doctors, clinicians, administration and management staff, along with the community to share, gather, process and translate the information into the interior package. The end result is a functional, well-designed and accessible interior.
D’Ignazio says he leads the healthcare sector construction work at Manshield because he can wear quite a few hats that benefit projects, especially the new access centre. As a registered architect, he can understand consultants; with a background in healthcare, he can understand the program requirements; and as an experienced project manager, he can keep a practiced eye on the work in progress.
“Having done scheduling from a consultant basis, it’s helped in the delivery of this project for lead times and working with the various trades,” D’Ignazio says. “I’ve been on the other side of the table and it helps with both consultants, clients and trades in getting them to perform the task at hand on a timely basis.”
The project is in response to an RFP issued by the WRHA. Manshield, together with a land developer and MMP Architects, put together a proposal based on the WRHA’s very specific building and budgetary criteria.
The 51,000-square-foot, four-story building stayed on track for its guaranteed price of $17 million, which had been an ongoing challenge for Manshield.
“We had to hold to the price that was given for about two years,” D’Ignazio says. “We did estimates and we had to guarantee the price while still designing the final details of the building. It involved a great deal of teamwork to ensure the budget was met at the very end. You give them a price and you have to deliver on that, while design continues. It’s a very challenging obstacle.”
D’Ignazio emphasizes that addressing issues as they arise, being open with everyone on the team and ensuring nothing falls by the wayside are all key to Manshield’s success on a project. One of the potential issues that can arise is the weather during winter months in Winnipeg. “For anything that involves concrete, masonry and hollow core, if it transcends into the winter months, heating costs become an issue that can escalate quickly and impact budget,” D’Ignazio adds. “That’s something that has to be addressed when one is doing the scheduling and making sure that costs are in the budget properly. We are a winter climate, so parts of construction have to occur during that time.”
Manshield has been so successful on the project that it has been able to shave two months off the original schedule, planning to deliver the completed building in February rather than April.
Other than ensuring it stays on budget, Manshield has encountered few complications. “Nothing major has impacted this project,” D’Ignazio explains. “We worked with people with great expertise in terms of the scope they do. We have a great working relationship with our tradespeople. That becomes part and parcel in delivering a project on budget and on schedule.”
Manshield, MMP Architects and the tradespeople were able to maintain WRHA’s vision throughout the process without compromising any of its original goals. “They’re getting the building that they envisioned and to date, they’re impressed with the project,” D’Ignazio says. “At the end of the day, I’m proud to be delivering a building that meets the building program and budget outlined two years ago. Plus, it’s a great building for the users and adds to the building fabric of the community it resides in.”