In 2011, Ehvert was engaged by Quiettouch (later purchased by Cogeco Peer 1) to design, manage and construct a 5,000ft2 computer room in a 28-storey office tower in downtown Toronto. The data centre was constructed on the 8th floor along with a 20-storey chilled-water & electrical riser. In probably the most challenging singular project management assignment that Ehvert has encountered, Ehvert coordinated and managed a helicopter hoist, lifting mechanical and electrical equipment onto the roof of the high rise. Ehvert had to shut down several downtown intersections and major transportation services. Ehvert directed and coordinated with the following groups:
- Ministry of Transportation Ontario
- Navigation Canada (Air Traffic)
- City of Toronto
- Toronto Police (50+ duty cops on site through execution)
- Toronto Ambulance
- Multiple commercial and residential landlords
- Other tenants within the facility
- Multiple sub-trades and equipment vendors
This retrofit construction project took place while all offices in the building remained fully operational. On this project, Ehvert served as the construction manager, engineer, prime consultant, and self-performed all of the mechanical, electrical, controls, communications, and security engineering.
Cogeco (corpo.cogeco.com/cgo/) is a telecommunications and media company that operates in Quebec and Ontario and in parts of the United States. It has a workforce of approximately 4500 and annual revenues in excess of $2 billion Canadian Dollars. Ehvert has been working with Cogeco for over 7 years.
- This retrofit construction project took place while all offices in the building remained fully operational
- Project was completed in Ontario
- 145 King St. West, Toronto located in a dense urban setting
- Helicopter hoist is indicative of the management abilities to solve unique and complex problems.
Effectiveness of Approach:
- The project was completed on time and on budget
- The only project change orders were based on client directed scope changes
- Execution of the helicopter hoist would not have been possible without the management tools and project methodologies employed. At the time, it was the only helicopter hoist in the downtown core of Toronto within the previous 10 years.