Renovating the Toronto-Dominion (TD) Centre Skyscraper | Part 1

When the Fogler Rubinoff LLP law firm obtained their new, four floor office in the TD Centre building in Toronto, they knew that they wanted to personalize the space so that it accurately reflected their business. An office makes a powerful first impression, and therefore having it present the company in the best possible light was paramount. Not to mention, Fogler Rubinoff’s needs for the space were different from that of the previous tenants’. Fogler Rubinoff came to us and requested a total redesign and renovation for their four new floors. With excitement, we undertook the project. It is the biggest project we have been hired for to date, and we were determined to approach it with the same care to detail and enthusiasm that has characterized all of our projects. As we began, we discovered that more detailed drawings were needed. We had to know exactly what the designers and consulting engineers were looking for us to accomplish. The first hurdle was waiting for instructions, pricing, and approval; we didn’t want any delays once we started working, so we made sure to get all of that handled right out of the gate. Renovations for all four floors involved demolition (as required), new partitions, electrical work, HVAC, sprinklers, painting, flooring, millwork, and more. We removed all of the preexisting interior offices, kitchens, meeting spaces, and other rooms in order to rebuild them to Fogler Rubinoff’s specifications. Around 75% of the perimeter offices were left intact; as for the remaining 25%, we turned three small offices into two larger ones. The largest portion of the work went into their conference/meeting...

Renovating the Toronto-Dominion (TD) Centre Skyscraper | Part 2

In our previous blog post we started to explain how we tackled the biggest renovation project we’ve ever had. Today, we will be finishing that story – complete with pictures of our handiwork! We left off with a description of all of the different work that had to be done on the four floors of the TD Centre for when the Fogler Rubinoff LLP law firm moved into their new office. Now, let’s delve deeper into the process of how all that was done. It was a journey, a seven month process to complete the renovation. As each trade finished a floor, they’d move up and the next would take their place. Getting occupancy of the 27th and 28th floors in early November, we worked diligently. Later, we proceeded up to the 29th and 30th floors, culminating our efforts in the renovation of the conference and meeting floor. Fogler Rubinoff wanted us to reuse anything that we could, to avoid sending waste to the landfill. We eagerly accepted this request, using existing doors, frames, and walls in every place it was possible to do so. The floors and the paint were redone to meet the new design and style of Fogler Rubinoff. The TD Centre renovation was the largest project we have had, and we managed it with the same detailed and organized process that has made us so successful. In the end, we finished on time and within budget. The ultimate look and feel of the office space lived up to Fogler Rubinoff’s expectations, and met all of their design requirements. They are very happy with the outcome....

Top 4 Reasons Why You Need a Professional Construction Project Manager

Construction is complicated – delays, disputes, and accidents can cost a lot. Owners don’t always know how to manage construction staff effectively, in order to attain the best possible results. That’s where construction project managers come in. Having quality, professional construction project management is essential for facilitating and directing the entire process to achieve ideal results (not to mention, reducing headaches). So what are the top 4 reasons you need a construction project manager? 1.  Speed of Project Completion A good construction project manager knows how to time-manage. This may sound like an easy task, but with everything that has to be taken into account to get a construction project done, it can get pretty intricate. Time sequencing the project to ensure that each phase transitions seamlessly into the next is a project manager’s specialty. The project must be constantly moving, as any slow-downs or delays are sure to have financial repercussions. An experienced project manager knows how to synchronize all the different components to avoid unnecessary interruptions. Ultimately, you’ll find that if you use a seasoned project manager, the construction project will be completed faster, with fewer delays. They might even finish ahead of schedule. 2.  Cost Savings When dealing with a construction project manager, you – as the owner – have more control and ability to manage costs. That means more flexibility in decision making. Furthermore, when projects are completed on time (as they should be), you won’t miss out on business or pay for delays. When a project is finished early (as we usually do, at Quality Project Management) a lot of money is saved. 3....