Safeway store renovation

Safeway

Open For Business

Strong communication, coordination and construction expertise kept this extensive renovation on-track

 

Client
Safeway Canada
Architect
MQN Architects
Role
General Contractor
Location
Port Alberni, BC
Size
38,000 ft2
Budget
$900,000
Status
Completed (2010)
Key Features
Commercial, General Contractor, Accelerated Schedule, Ongoing Operations, Phased Construction, Renovation

Safeway

Open For Business

Strong communication, coordination and construction expertise kept this extensive renovation on-track

 

No impact on operations or sales was the mantra for this project. This extensive renovation of an operational grocery store required a 24/7 work schedule to meet the strict 40-day timeline – all departments remained open to the public through every phase of the project.

The project included a complete upgrade to the interior and exterior of the building, installation of a new Starbucks store, deli, and new fixtures and refrigeration equipment.

Proactive and detailed communication proved to be a critical success factor.

A preconstruction meeting with the client and store managers provided a firm schedule for all parties, including corporate, store staff and subtrades. Weekly meetings were held with department heads and subtrade foremen to establish a detailed construction schedule and allow for all affected personnel to voice their concerns and requirements.

Finally, daily update meetings were held to coordinate three, back-to-back shifts and ensure proper handover and progress. A temporary department plan was created and phased-in to allow for the build of new departments which were transferred over at night to eliminate any impact on operations or profitability.

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