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Vestacon V - A Quarterly Newsletter: September 2020

In our second Vestacon V Newsletter we take a closer look into 99 Atlantic where Vestacon is completing work for multiple clients, we meet the latest addition to our Vancouver team, we share a better understanding for possible impacts on construction schedules and how to avoid them, and we deep dive into VestaCare and our commitment to maintaining safe job sites

A Closer Look Into 99 Atlantic

Where GO meets the Gardiner meets the 504 streetcar. 99 Atlantic Avenue is at center stage in Liberty Village, offering its tenants spectacular views in all directions. This brick and glass building pays respect to the heritage landmark property it was built on and offers a light-filled 140,000 square foot space to retail and office tenants. Vestacon is thrilled to lead the charge in building out five of the eight floors which make up this 82,000 square foot building on behalf of three separate corporate tenants.

For Vestacon, implementing our COVID-19 Site Protocol has been a way to maintain safe job sites, with schedules mainly impacted where practicing physical distancing is a challenge. Currently, we find that collaboration and communication are more vital than ever. In addition to the effective communication amongst our site staff with building management, sub-trades, and project team, we attribute ongoing progress and success in these challenging times to our ability to adjust while maintaining safety protocols. This is achieved through digital distribution of weekly progress photo reports, on-site meetings either in-person while adhering to social distancing or held virtually. 



 

Achievers: An Opportunity to Dispense Positive Change...and Candy

 

A member of the 99 Atlantic family, employee engagement company Achievers’ 52,000 square foot space expands over three floors. Plans for the new office include amenities such as a large cafe and lunchroom, an employee wellness oasis featuring a gym, and a sanctuary retreat space as well as a games room. Also included are enclosed meeting rooms, open office workspaces, a town hall with bleachers, and an interconnecting staircase. X-Design., Syllable Inc., Kevric, and Vestacon are thrilled to have this opportunity to work together in bringing outstanding design to life. 

We are especially excited to see this project come to life because it represents a number of "Vestacon firsts". Not only is it the first time we have been tasked with installing custom candy dispensers in a corporate office space, but it's also the first project which will be documented monthly by the usage of 360 cameras. Achievers will be the first project of Vestacon's that will make use of this technology which we feel will enhance the value of our progress photo reports by more clearly representing the ongoing developments on site thereby reducing the need for frequent in-person visits. This new step will allow us to address our COVID-19 site safety protocols while also serving to increase the quality of reports issued to our project stakeholders.

 

Vestacon in Vancouver: Meet Michael Sengara

Meet the latest addition to our Vancouver team; Business Development and Special Projects Manager Michael Sengara. With over fifteen year’s experience in business development and construction management out in Western Canada, Michael works towards exploring further opportunities, community, and corporative initiatives for Vestacon, while taking the lead on projects. Catching up with Michael, we wanted to find out more about our latest team member.
 
Q: What has been your most memorable project, and why?
A: My most memorable project was building the Muji Flagship store on Robson Street in 2017.  At the time it was the largest Muji retail store in North America and was built on very aggressive timelines with highly customized design features. The preliminary design was direct from their head office in Tokyo and needed to be vetted to meet Canadian and City of Vancouver standards. The Communication Plan and building a team environment with multiple stakeholders, some of which were 16 hours ahead, took a great deal of effort and collaboration. The combination of including local design elements with established Muji store/shelving/signage/design standards required a highly detailed construction schedule including off-site staging areas/work to be incorporated in the budget and project plan. The result really speaks for itself in that the Muji Robson store is one of the most unique Muji retail spaces ever built in the world and because of the high level of project challenges is one of my best project memories to date.
 
Q: How do you approach a new project?
A: I like to ensure that all relevant stakeholders within a project are properly identified and that their voices are heard. My style is to try and be able to stand in other people’s shoes to understand their goals and challenges. This ensures that the project team has a common focus and common understanding at the inception of a new project.
 
Q: What does Customer Service mean to you, and how do you enforce it on a project?
A: To me, it means respectful and candid communication with the client throughout the whole process of a project. Clear communication as to the status of the project as well as our expectations of the client sets the tone for a positive experience for everyone.  I ask that everyone involved in my projects try to see the project through the client’s eyes on a regular basis.
 
Q: What challenges do you see for the future of our industry?
A: I see the uncertainty of what the future is going to look like as the present challenge for our industry.  Many organizations are not yet clear as to what the future state of offices, retail spaces, restaurants, will look like long term.  Once organizations make more definite decisions as to what their future workspaces are going to include, we will see a continued upswing in the TI sector as well as Industrial Multiuse build-outs. In a longer-term vision, I also see the inception and impact of new technologies as a driving factor to future success within our industry.
 
Q: And when you have spare time on your hands, what do you like to do?
A: My wife Heather and I are busy as we have twin 10-year-old boys, (Gabriel and Crosby). Both play hockey and baseball so I spend as much time as I can helping coach those activities. Heather works in the Emergency Room Trauma unit at Vancouver General Hospital.  For myself, I still play hockey, squash, and golf regularly as well as run a couple of times a week. Over the last few years, I have also taken up paddle boarding and surfing. Our family enjoys travel, spending time at our cabin in the Okanagan, and pre-COVID attending Canucks/Whitecaps games together.

 

Top 5 Reasons A Construction Schedule is Impacted, and What to Do About Them

Knowledge is power. Read about the top things that can have a detrimental impact on construction schedules and how by engaging a trusted Construction Manager or General Contractor, clients help lessen the risk to their project. You can read the Industry Insight: Edition 2 in full below, or contact us to get your copy
 

 

 

 

 

Safe Return to Work - A Closer Look Into VestaCare, and The Latest Move From Vestacon on Our Commitment to Maintaining Safe Job Sites

 

For many of our clients, the idea of returning to the office comes with uncertainty. Luckily, there is qualified help to be found at Vestacon. Our Customer Care department VestaCare, which was launched last year, works with businesses and landlords who require small scale construction, repair, or maintenance work. In addition, VestaCare also aids in preparing workplaces for safe “return to work” (RTW). With our ability to install a number of guidelines with physical safety control measures, VestaCare is a reliable source to help ensure businesses are ready to safely welcome their people back to work. VestaCare has a 24-hour turnaround on all inquiries, which can be submitted to vestacare@vestacon.ca, and provided the materials are readily available, your office can be prepared for RTW within 7 business days.
 
Vestacon has always treated health and safety as a number one priority on our job sites. To ensure we continue our work towards maintaining zero incidents on the projects we work on, and that we follow current recommendations and by-laws from Government officials, Vestacon has taken the initiative to include a full-time Health & Safety Manager as part of our services. Read more about this initiative

Pictured: Vestacon's sanitization station, including double-sided posting board, separate compartments for gloves and masks as well as a  designated space for hand sanitizing dispenser. For more information, or to order, contact vestacare@vestacon.ca.

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