Location | Tuktoyaktuk, NT
Sector | Social Infrastructure
Market | Education
Project Delivery Method: Design New Construction
Discipline | Civil
Located on the artic shores of Tuktoyaktuk, Mangilaluk School is a growing facility that currently inhabits a student population of 225. An upgrade to the school is necessary as “it is currently holding more students than it was intended to when it was built int 1990”, according to the Territorial Department of Education.
The project upgrades include adding increased classroom space to accommodate Jr. K-12 students programming needs, a new full-sized gym, new stand-alone career and technical services (CTS) building, and a larger community library space. In addition, there is consideration for a future daycare, dedicated high school area, seminar rooms and community gathering space. Williams Engineering Canada (WEC) is providing civil engineering services for the existing 29,472 square feet. Civil issues identified by community representatives included: ponding and poor drainage on the existing school property, as well as sloughing and settlement issues. The civil team re-graded the property surrounding the school to ensure storm water and run off would be carried away from site, and maintained walkway slopes to be no more than five percent to create barrier free access ways.
The architectural design for the renovation and location of the proposed addition was approved at the beginning of 2019. Since the construction season is limited in the north, construction will begin in the summer of 2019 and is estimated to be completed by 2020.The services provided will include the continuation of this project from design development report, to complete final development design drawings, issue for tender documents, and the construction administration phases for the renovation and proposed addition to the school.
The civil team reviewed the geoscience components using flood plain imagery. This ensured the site would not be negatively impacted by flooding, as floods can occur every two to three years in the north. Additionally, they provided assessment and input from a northern perspective on the structural pile design. To continue to have an operational school while the renovations are taking place has proven to be a challenge. The students will be relocated to the proposed CTS addition once it is built. As well, the construction season is severely limited due to weather conditions, therefore earthworks can only be completed in July and August. This has caused the team to be highly diligent in making project schedule planning a priority. Being in a remote area of the north, there are a lack of suitable civil engineering materials available locally. Alternatively, materials are being transported in from Inuvik, NT.
Overall, the project budget will be monitored, controlled, and measured against the performance measurement baseline established during project planning. Upon completion of the project, Mangilaluk School will be able to accommodate a greater amount of students in the community and provide a sustainable learning environment.