Entry ID: 1019
Project information: George Saunders Memorial School in York Landing, Manitoba. Renovation and addition to the existing school. Pre-Kindergarten to grade 9. Design: The location of the community inspired the “shoreline” concept throughout the school. The colours symbolize the transition from Earth to Shore to Water. One species of fish found in nearby Split Lake is the pickerel, which inspired the fish found throughout the school. The playful design of the fish was inspired from the Woodlands artistic style, with a bold black outline and colour-filled shapes. Johnsonite rubber was an obvious choice for this project for long term durability, and ease of matentence. Having the fish laser cut here in Winnipeg and cut to fit on site was such a great way to customize and create amazing visuls on an otherwise very plain sheet rubber floor.
This project takes place in a beautiful ery remote part of Canada along the Hudson Bay and it happens to be the original town that our famous Hudson Bay Company Fur Trade started. A beautiful virtually untouched piece of Canada also poses many unique challenges for any type of construction project. It is a Modest community with a population of 464 people, The only months it doesn't snow are June and July where it rains instead. In June and July they have 20 hours of daylight and in winter they have 4 hours of daylight and a temperature in winter with the windchill is anywhere from -26C all the way to -46C. This sets the stage to explain how we now deliver 30,000lbs of materials to a remote location like this. The materials are sent up in the winter when the rivers and lakes have frozen over and the trucks can drive on them, yes just like the reality series "Ice RoadTruckers". We then have to wait to install until its a little warmer and school is out for the summer. At this point we cross our fingers that the materials havent been stolen, burned or vandalized before we can get there to install. These are very common issues to have to deal with in these remote communities With this job because it was a renovation we were able to store them inside the building safley. Being organized is Key to success with a project like this because all tools and installers are flown in on little prop planes, forgetting anything could put the project behind for months. They set up a temporary camp for the construction workers to stay in as there are no hotels anywhere near by. We completed this project in 70 Man days even though we projected 110, 9 Flights were needed and we budgeted for 16. Our only set back during installation was that when we first got there at the end of Aug to start install there wasnt enough heat in the building, so we had to wait for the contractor of the project to get more heat going in the building. Overall our experience with many more projects just like this run a little bit smoother each time. It's a very rewarding job to complete.