Shortly after Govan Brown partnered with MEG Energy, the energy sector took a hit due to oil prices, which stalled construction kickoff of MEG’s new offices. This was an opportunity to truly leverage the design-build/construction management partnership the team had established. Our team was able to capitalize on the stalled start and mitigate future roadblocks by working diligently with the design team and the client during the extended pre-construction period on creative phasing, budgeting, and constructability. Our team was also critical in scheduling the project and working with the client to establish detailed monthly cost reports, which the client used to obtain TI allowances from Oxford and ensure that they were always cash-flow-positive throughout the project.
The 140,000sf project included a full tenant fit-out of 5 floors, the top being an executive floor and the 21st a computer server room. All 5 of these floors are linked by an internal staircase that spans the 19th to the 25th floor and was built in tandem with the tenant work. Our team worked closely to complete the project in phases so MEG could take control of specific floors and commence moving staff into the new space. The phased turnover created additional challenges as we had to carefully coordinate our work so as not to disturb the new occupied portions of the building. By leveraging our collaborative approach with the design team and client, we managed to deliver the aggressive construction schedule on time and on budget.