Diverse trio vying for gold for electrical contractors over $8 million

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Three 2022 Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) Silver award winners are vying for gold in the Electrical Contractors Over $8 Million category.

The lucky winner will be announced at the Excellence Awards Gala, to be held October 26 at the Vancouver Convention Center West.

Canem Systems Ltd.BCIT Health Sciences Center for Advanced Simulation

The four-story, 111,460-square-foot BCIT Health Sciences Center for Advanced Simulation will be one of the largest healthcare simulation training centers in Canada.

It will allow students at the Burnaby campus to replicate various hospital, community, home and laboratory settings.

Project criteria included simulations replicating hospital workflows; ability to adapt to future changes in educational practices; applied learning and living labs; simulation laboratories; multi-purpose rooms (spaces for collaborative learning by project); and electronic health registration stations.

Canem’s scope of electrical work included main campus connection services, vault/conduit bank connection; communications, security and a DAS (distributed antenna system); a large AV (audio-visual) infrastructure component; fully integrated wireless lighting control; life safety generator and fire alarm; and installation of 60 EV (electric vehicle) chargers.

Canem took up and solved several challenges on the project.

The delivery of the lights was delayed, but Canem and the seller worked together to find a better product at no cost to the owner and with improved delivery. After receiving the first batch of lamps, the rest of the lamps were delayed due to backorders. Significant schedule changes were necessary to circumvent such constraints.

Another challenge was caused by the slow delivery of circuit breakers and outlets, which caused significant delays in the installation of the starline cable tray and internal meters on the distribution panels.

Canem worked daily with the cable tray supplier to ensure that the equipment was delivered as quickly as possible. A few days before the occupation, the remaining product arrived and Canem provided more workers to complete the installation on time.

Canem worked proactively with the site team to meet key energizing dates by prioritizing critical loads and providing timely solutions.

Limited Electric SwellNeptune bulk terminals: Allison project

Neptune Bulk Terminals in North Vancouver is one of the largest multi-product bulk terminals in North America.

The Allison Project increased throughput capacity for coal exports through a large-scale overhaul of the facility. Neptune is now able to export 20 million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year, double its previous capacity.

HOULE ELECTRIC LIMITED — Houle performed all electrical and instrumentation work for the project.

Houle carried out all electrical and instrumentation work for the project, including main electrical, lighting, fire alarm, a high voltage distribution system, controls and temporary power.

Houle’s work on the project also included seismic design, estimating, procurement, installation and execution, monitoring, management and planning, quality control and commissioning assistance. in service.

In order to meet strict deadlines, Houle increased its workforce on site in order to be able to complete 68% of the work within 25% of the deadline. To do this, he had 30 office workers supporting the work of 325 electricians.
Innovative features of Houle’s work on the project included prefabricated sections of PVC conduit offsite, which reduced installation times; 3D digital representation, which allowed Houle to plan ahead and anticipate obstacles; and the use of estimates based on the whole project rather than individual parts of it.

Like many other recent projects, Neptune Bulk Terminals’ work has had its challenges.

For example, the project was specified with non-standard materials whose delivery was delayed due to supply chain issues.

This challenge was solved by using other materials, different brands and new methods of supply.

Other challenges included site footprint and workload; manage the quality control process; shift and schedule management; and meet the subsystem monitoring and planning requirement (at 40% completion of scope).

Western Pacific Enterprises Ltd. – Edmonton Valley line LRT

The Edmonton Valley LRT Southeast line is an extension of the existing Capital and Metro lines. It runs 13 kilometers from downtown Edmonton to Mill Woods, with 11 stops at street level.

Western Pacific Enterprises Ltd. (WPE) led the electrical construction of the LRT systems.

The Edmonton Valley LRT Southeast line is an extension of the existing Capital and Metro lines.  It runs 13 kilometers from downtown Edmonton to Mill Woods, with 11 stops at street level.  Western Pacific Enterprises Ltd.  (WPE) led the electrical construction of the LRT systems.
EDMONTON VALLEY LINE — The Edmonton Valley LRT Southeast Line is an extension of the existing Metro and Capital lines. It runs 13 kilometers from downtown Edmonton to Mill Woods, with 11 stops at street level. Western Pacific Enterprises Ltd. (WPE) led the electrical construction of the LRT systems.

It provided all labour, equipment, supply and installation of all elements of the system, including the OCS (Overhead Contact System), propulsion electrical substations, fiber and communication, station communications, train control and catenary systems (overhead cables that provide electricity).

The line, Edmonton’s largest infrastructure project to date, was originally scheduled to be operational in December 2020, after construction began in the spring of 2016.

Several delays during construction of the project, including the discovery of a car-sized concrete slab in the North Saskatchewan River, pushed back the schedule for civil works.
All WPE installations were the last to continue and are essential for all testing activities.

In November 2020, the project parties that had contributed to the delays agreed to fund acceleration efforts to modify the project schedule and make up for lost time.

WPE met the requirements of the Acceleration Schedule, during a global pandemic, substantially completing its scope of work in August 2021.

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