Leasehold Improvements Site Condition: Asbestos

Asbestos is a name for a group of popular building materials that was used from 1950s to 1990s. Asbestos was often added to other materials to enhance the overall insulating, long-lasting, and heat resistance qualities. Common applications include spray fireproofing, mechanical insulation, linoleum, flooring tiles, drywall compound, vermiculite, and cement pipes. From past commercial fit-outs, … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements Site Condition: Asbestos

Leasehold Improvements: How to Relocate Tenants for Construction

Leasehold Improvements are customized alterations to a rental space for a tenant’s specific needs. These include changes to floors, partition walls, ceilings, custom furniture and lighting, among others. Tenants will be required to vacate areas for construction. One of the challenges of leasehold improvements is in tenant relocation. It is important to meet with the … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: How to Relocate Tenants for Construction

Leasehold Improvements: How to Handle Unforeseen Site Conditions

The challenge with building a tenant leasehold improvement project is that you can run into unforeseen site conditions more frequently due to the fact that the performance of the interior is not only affected by elements of the interior but also the exterior. The overall building condition and the existing structure are often overlooked. Structural … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: How to Handle Unforeseen Site Conditions

Leasehold Improvements: How to Minimize the Impact of Construction on Commercial Tenants

As with any construction project, leasehold improvements come with their unique constraints. Most leasehold improvement projects are located in a highly populated environment where construction must occur within a fully occupied building. How the project team handles tenant impact can make or break the project. This involves addressing the increased noise, odour, dust resulting from … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: How to Minimize the Impact of Construction on Commercial Tenants

Leasehold Improvements: Cutting, Coring, and Drilling (Base Building Structural Work)

Cutting, coring and drilling of concrete is a necessary part of the interior fit-out construction when the project requires new plumbing and electrical penetrations such as sinks or floor monuments. If not conducted properly, it can result in damages to the building structures and conduits. Inadequate preparation can also lead to worker injuries due to … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: Cutting, Coring, and Drilling (Base Building Structural Work)

Leasehold Improvements: Start-Up Documentation (Ontario)

An overview on start-up documentation required for typical leasehold improvements.

Leasehold Improvements: Introduction to Construction & Design Manual

What are Leasehold Improvements? Leasehold Improvements are construction related work within demising walls* of the tenant’s suite for the exclusive benefit of the tenant. Further definitions are included in the tenant’s lease**. *A demising wall is a wall that separate a tenant's suite from another tenant's suite, or separate common areas in a building. **A … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: Introduction to Construction & Design Manual

5 Tips to Land the Right Job in Any Industry

If you are reading this post, chances are you are looking for opportunities. Having gone through multiple jobs, I understand the frustration and intimidation of leaving a familiar environment to start somewhere new. The general piece of advice that helped me is to trust your instinct and follow your heart. During university, I attended a … Continue reading 5 Tips to Land the Right Job in Any Industry

Project Management: 3 Tips to Effectively Manage Multiple Projects

Managing multiple projects is challenging. Here are 3 tips I have learned along the way to stay somewhat on top.

How to Communicate in Project Management

Communication is not only an essential tool in our daily life, it is also an indispensable tool in project management. We communicate to share information, to share ideas, and to influence others. Successful projects stem from effective communication. Now and then, we observe communication breakdowns. When we send a message to another person, we can … Continue reading How to Communicate in Project Management

Project Management: How to go from Substantial Completion to Close-Out

Getting a construction project from substantial performance to completion and turnover is not easy. This process involves actions performed by individuals from all facets of the construction chain, with General Contractor leading the pack. Project close-out is a tedious process involving a lot of paperwork. Project close-outs have become a real challenge for many contractors; … Continue reading Project Management: How to go from Substantial Completion to Close-Out

What is Substantial Completion? (Ontario)

Substantial Completion or Substantial Performance of work is one of the most important milestones to be reached during construction. When a project is substantially completed, the project is completed enough for intended usage except for a few minor deficiencies. This comes to roughly 97% completion of the work outlined in the construction contract. In accordance … Continue reading What is Substantial Completion? (Ontario)

How to Close Building Permits: Part III

Permit closure can be broken down to a linear process: Project reach substantial completion (98% completion, as certified) Provide necessary paperwork to corresponding inspector Call in for an inspection Complete the final inspection with no outstanding deficiencies The challenge lies in the fact that every project is different; inspection results are evaluated on a project-to-project … Continue reading How to Close Building Permits: Part III

How to Close Building Permits: Part II

Permit Status If you are wondering about the permit status on your property or project, check with the local municipality. In recent years, City of Toronto has offered an online database for their projects. You can search the Building Permit Status by specifying an Application/Permit number or entering an address. In the example above, I … Continue reading How to Close Building Permits: Part II

How to Close Building Permits: Part I

What is a permit? Why do we need permits and why are open permits a concern? I have been heavily involved in closing off permits in the past. Here is my attempt at answering these questions. If you are well versed in this topic, feel free to jump over to Part II and Part III. First … Continue reading How to Close Building Permits: Part I

What I Learned about Construction Site Meetings

A week ago, I ran a site meeting combining two separate meetings together on a multi-tenanted floor. I was appealed to the idea of killing two birds with one stone. The corporate world really seems to slow down in July and August. Most of the key decision makers are either on vacation or catching up … Continue reading What I Learned about Construction Site Meetings