|Client:||The City of Windsor||Size:||118,500 sq. ft.|
|Project Type:||City Halls & Municipal Facilities||Project Challenge:||Cost Management|
“It’s great news,” Mayor Drew Dilkens said. “A lot of people thought this was just a budget number and that it was going to go over. But because we hired a cost consultant to work on our behalf, we felt very comfortable going in that we would hit the mark, that we shouldn’t have bids over the amount.”
The comments above were provided by Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens following the successful tender of the new Windsor City Hall. AW Hooker provided The City of Windsor with cost management services including estimates at schematic design, design development, and working drawing stages with value engineering exercises occurring throughout. AW Hooker’s schematic design estimate was initially received with concern as it was much lower than Council’s accepted budget; however, in the end, that preliminary estimate was within 1.5% of the winning tender, thus further proving the value of procuring the services of a professional quantity surveyor in the conceptual stages of a project.
The project consisted of the construction of a new City Hall located adjacent to the existing City Hall at 350 City Hall Square West in Windsor. The new five storey building includes a partial basement level and an enclosed mechanical penthouse with public areas, council chambers and various meeting rooms on the ground floor; and, City administration, engineering offices, and meeting rooms on the upper floors.
The City of Windsor created a webpage to highlight the New City Hall Project and provide relevant project information such as sustainable features, presentation material and a time lapse video, start to finish
The project received 5 compliant bids from the prequalified general contractors with a spread of 11.0%.
The lowest bidder was awarded the contract.
AW Hooker’s WD estimate was 0.2% from the average bid and 5.7% higher than the lowest (awarded) bidder.