Project Implementation Plan – Acadia University

Acadia Science Complex Renovation 2017.05.08

Scope:  Advisory Services
Value: Confidential
Location:  Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Start and Completion: September 2016 – January 2017
Client: Acadia University


The government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) program offered a tremendous opportunity for Acadia University to improve aging infrastructure with new and relevant facilities. However, with only 19 months to design and build a complex project and then maintain occupancy, there is a significant delivery challenge. Acadia University hired Colliers Project Leaders to develop a project implementation plan outlining alternative delivery models and real-time project controls for their Science Complex Renewal Project. Furthermore, our team was to procure and contract a Construction Manager to empower Acadia University’s project delivery staff to meet the requirements of the SIF program.


Our project implementation plan provides Acadia University with a model for delivering the $22.2 million Science Complex Renewal Project within the tight schedule outlined by SIF. The project is comprised of three elements:

  • An interior renovation of Elliott Hall, which houses the University’s chemistry teaching labs, research labs and offices as well as one lecture theatre and some classrooms
  • An exterior envelope reconstruction of Huggins Science Hall
  • Construction of a connector between the two buildings that will house four new wet labs and associated support spaces

The complexity of the project, combined with the relatively short delivery schedule and inflexible budget, required a Construction Manager at Risk (CM) to deliver the project. While this approach enables work to start quickly, it also requires specific project procurement and contracting to ensure we hire the most qualified Construction Manager. Our team procured the CM using a request for qualifications and request for proposals. To protect our client’s interests, we oversaw the construction budget, schedule and work packaging negotiations before they signed a CCDC-5B CM at Risk contract