Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

Christopher Simmonds Architect

3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Nepean, ON

CCA5 Construction Management

This 21,000ft² office facility features two storeys of open office space, an atrium, and a large boardroom. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority HQ was the first public service building in the region to achieve LEED® Gold certification. Delivery of the project was achieved, on budget, using Lundy’s integrated Construction Management methodology. This provided the opportunity for extensive cost-sensitivity analysis prior to completion of the design.

The hybrid structure incorporated load-bearing masonry walls, structural steel, and heavy timber roof beams. This combination of structural materials required careful onsite coordination.

As this was the first LEED® Gold certified public building in Eastern Ontario, suppliers and subcontractors had little if any knowledge of the certification process. Lundy developed a subcontractor and vendor education package with a LEED® consultant, attained additional LEED® points during value engineering efforts, and established a detailed submittals process to overcome this challenge.

The construction schedule spanned two winter seasons and required extensive site work. In order to mitigate budget risk, site services, site grading, and storm water management systems were installed during the first construction season, well in advance of the building completion.

On September 24 2009, Lundy Construction was awarded the 1st Annual Ontario General Contractors Association Project Award of Excellence for our role in this environmentally responsible project.