Granville Island is a unique urban space with a dynamic mix of markets, restaurants, art galleries and theatres. RDH has assisted with developing and implementing a range of maintenance and renewal projects that recognize the islands charm and character.

The Challenge

The 22 buildings on Granville Island were constructed between the 1930s and the early 2000s. It is a dynamic, mixed-use portfolio encompassing retail buildings, parking garages, theatres, crafts and artisan buildings, and light industrial structures. In 2006, a series of infrastructure studies was simultaneously commissioned by Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC), including a transportation study, an urban design study, and a facility condition study.

The Island has an aging infrastructure where the aged appearance of some of the buildings contributes to the charm of the place but also posed challenges for determining an appropriate maintenance program for some of the building elements. The heavy timber structures with light cladding materials represent an important element of the industrial heritage of the Island. The Island’s facility management team did not have a means to evaluate the varied conditions of the different buildings. Furthermore, the records of extensive tenant improvements at the various leased spaces were incomplete, and the impact of these leaseholder improvements on the buildings had not been comprehensively analyzed.

The Project

In 2006, RDH was engaged to quantify the backlog of deferred maintenance and to develop a Facility Condition Index (FCI) as a key performance indicator for each building. This data enabled the facility managers to benchmark the relative condition of each of the buildings, to make resource allocation decisions, and to track changes in the condition of the buildings over time. The calculations of the deferred maintenance backlog were supported with hundreds of photographs of the physical assets, which helped to empirically demonstrate the need for capital reinvestment funding.

In 2014, an update study was carried out in order to validate the positive impact of the work that had been completed on some of the facilities over the intervening years. All data from the 2006 and 2013 studies was captured in a central SQL database for side-by-side comparison.

The Results

In the years following completion of the initial 2006 study, CMHC completed structural rehabilitation projects and roof renewals at some of the buildings, effectively lowering the portfolio FCI to a more desirable level. Presented with defensible data on the condition of the buildings, CMHC embarked upon a program of tackling the backlog of deferred maintenance and asset renewal projects. In 2014, the facility group received training on the use of RDH’s software application to provide a computerized system for managing the major maintenance requirements of the facilities.