You always know the Canadian Armed Forces are marking a special occasion when one of its units marches its colours. That is exactly what happened recently when the Royal Canadian Dragoons marched its colours outside their new armoury in Petawawa.

The $70-million integrated project delivery (IPD) project’s new building came in five months ahead of schedule and under budget, and was conducted under one of the most inclusive and innovative contracting models in the construction industry today.

What makes it so unique is all parties, the owner representatives—DCC and its Client-Partner—and five other parties, including the trades (which is a first) have a seat at the table, for up-front planning, ongoing contract management and even health and wellness checks. Each party shares equally in the risks and the rewards, providing inherent incentives for everyone to work together for the benefit of all. The Dragoons were heavily involved as well.

The pilot project was a resounding success, says DCC Petawawa Program Leader, Ryan Maher.

“The Dragoons were particularly thrilled because we got them in ahead of schedule so they could start their training. We built efficiencies and reached enough of a point where they could occupy the building, which is amazing. I was so happy we were able to work with the user and meet their training schedule.”

“The building is bright and spacious so I can only imagine how happy they are to be in there compared to the old facilities they were in before.”

DCC is now exploring other options with their Client-Partner for using the IPD contracting model for future projects.

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Featured image: The new home of the Royal Canadian Dragoons at CFB Petawawa. Source: Department of National Defence

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