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Ledcor Group of Companies

1500 - 1055 Hastings St W

Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2E9


Company Description

Ledcor is a multi-faceted construction company that offers specialized services in project and construction management, pre-construction services, design-build, general contracting, and Public Private Partnership (P3) delivery models for a variety of clie ... more

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Employment History

Special Projects Director

Stuart Olson Inc

Project Manager

Dominion Construction Inc

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"UBC has a concept where they ... [cached]

"UBC has a concept where they view their campus as a living laboratory," says Richard Aarestad, Ledcor project manager.

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"UBC has a concept where they view their campus as a living laboratory," says Richard Aarestad, Ledcor project manager.

"Using the thin-shell panels will help earn LEED points for reaching 42 percent energy savings, and it is in line with UBC's sustainability mandate," Aarestad says.
Instead of investing in sophisticated mechanical systems, the project design team took a three-prong approach: insulate the exterior with dense concrete panels, supply fresh air direct to the suites and supplement heat with electric baseboards when necessary.
"We believe that this combination creates a comfortable living environment for students and minimizes the amount of energy used," Aarestad says.
The panels have also been the single most challenging aspect of the job. The use of thin-shell precast panels is relatively new to the area around UBC.
"The industry here has done a lot of projects with sandwich panels, but not a lot of smaller, thin-shell sandwich panels that work in conjunction with window wall glazing systems," Aarestad says.
"For some users, this will be the only opportunity they will have to get a new space for many years and they want it to be done right," Aarestad says. "That means we must be very adaptable and accommodate changes on the fly."
When the Ponderosa Commons project is completed, UBC will have increased its stock of on-campus student residences and created space that will help spice up its campus environment. For Ledcor, the lessons learned on the project will surely be passed on to future work.
"We've learned a lot about thin-shell precast systems and doing as much as possible to nail down user requirements as early as you can," Aarestad says.

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From L to R: Leung Chow (McFarland Marceau Architects), Mike Champion (UBC), Richard Aarestad (Ledcor), Larry McFarland (McFarland Marceau Architects), Dianna Foldi (UBC), Marie-Odile Marceau (McFarland Marceau Architects).

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The project required a high degree of co-operation between the builders, said Ledcor senior project manager Richard Aarestad

"During this project, a unique partnership between two general contractors - Ledcor as base building contractor and Nexterra (Systems Corp.) as the equipment installer - was formed," he said.
During the transition between the two phases of the project, Ledcor co-ordinated the delivery and installation of Nexterra equipment to the site and made sure the building was ready for handover.
"A tight site meant detailed scheduling was needed to manage the trades," Aarestad said.
"We communicated UBC's, Nexterra's and our expectations of working around the equipment during phase two of the project, to keep the trades safe and the integrity of the equipment intact."
The physical constraints of the site led Ledcor and Nexterra to develop a traffic management plan to co-ordinate deliveries that included designated trucking routes, access gates and detour routes.
"The main components of the project were manufactured by local suppliers delivered as needed, because of site constraints and the production limitations of local factories," Aarestad said.
"The facility's key sustainably feature is the CLT panels, which are made of pine beetle-killed wood," Aarestad said.
Aarestad said many lessons were learned about the use of CLT panels on the project.
"We developed detailed procedures to safely install and work with CLT and manage their handling, hoisting and erection," said Aarestad.

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