Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary

 / Project Management


Doug Snyder, Anil Gokarn / Snyder Architects

Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary

“Could we, while building the school, add 5 classrooms and the later addition of the dome and field house? We did it – and within the original budget (plus the cost of the dome) and within the same 12-month timeline.”

Doug Snyder, Principal 

The best project management is one that helps the Board maximize value.  The leaner the management mechanism the more you have available for building bricks and mortar. Typically, Boards utilize a design, bid, build or a stipulated sum process, but for decades, we have been using an AMP model with the HCDSB; the architect is able to micromanage the trades without the need for an intermediary contractor and in many cases, able to build within a tighter timeline and lower cost.

The Board was under immense pressure to get this school built.  We had a total of 12 months to build the school when it would typically take 18. Using the AMP process, we had more control over the project and were able to engage some trades earlier than others. We have in-house construction expertise which is fairly unique in our industry and were able to prepare the site, prep the services and trades, etc before the detail design / approvals were complete.

To make things more complicated, midway through the project, after foundations were laid and walls started, the town of Milton released a new set of sub-division plans that far exceeded the expected number of students the school pupil place was based on.  The question was could we, while building the school, add 5 classrooms as well as the later addition of the dome and field house?  We did it – and within the original budget (plus the cost of the dome) and within the same 12-month timeline. AMP is a preferred process in high risk, tight timeline or more complicated projects. Jean Vanier is a shining example of its success.