The entire nation has become increasingly environmentally conscious. To maintain our standard of living, we must address the important challenges of environmental sustainability: how can we meet our present demands on the environment without compromising the future generations? Sustainability has become a target goal to reach harmony in the human ecosystem where we can pursue … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: Trends Toward Sustainability
Unexpected finding of mould growth can be a major roadblock for construction projects, throwing off the schedule and budget due to added labour, remediation cost, and delayed completion dates. What is Mould? Mould is a microorganism commonly found in nature. Mould spores are present in the atmosphere. It can carry itself into a building through … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements Site Condition: Mould
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 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
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
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
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)
An overview on start-up documentation required for typical leasehold improvements.
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 and Design Manual
Commercial fit-out is the process of building out the interior space after the shell and core of a building has been constructed, making interior spaces suitable for occupancy. Generally speaking, base construction builds out the shell and core of a building from casting the foundation to putting the structural components in place and finally separating … Continue reading Introduction to Commercial Interior Fit-Out and Leasehold Improvements
Let’s jump straight into it. 8 Tips on taking the PMP Exam. Before the Exam Tip #1: Study Effectively I have elaborated on how to study effectively in my previous post on PMP: 6 Tips on Studying for the PMP Exam. Some of the mentioned tips include understanding the exam structure to allocate your efforts … Continue reading PMP: 8 Tips on Taking the PMP Exam
The Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam is not easy. Aspiring PMPs will undergo rigorous preparation over the course of several months. I am a firm believer in having a systematic approach. Having recently passed my PMP exam, I am here to share 6 personal tips. #1: Book the PMP Exam Date Well in Advance … Continue reading PMP: 6 Tips on Studying for the PMP Exam
An overview on completing the PMP application. If you are considering applying, this could help.
Project management demands are growing. A majority of project manager positions are looking for candidates who are PMP certified. This trend is going strong, especially in the construction and real estate management industry I am part of. Project Management Professional (PMP) is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to provide a globally recognized credential … Continue reading PMP: My Certification Experience
Managing multiple projects is challenging. Here are 3 tips I have learned along the way to stay somewhat on top.
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 Project Management: Communication 101
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: Substantial Completion to Close-Out
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)
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
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
It was Monday night. I was getting ready for bed when my phone ran. “Hello, Helen speaking.” It was a call from a site supervisor (let’s call him Eric) who had worked all weekend on an elevator renovation project I am responsible for. Eric is calling me for directions to move forward. As per the … Continue reading The Passion Project: Construction Project Management | Helen Xie
Exchanging our emotions and vulnerabilities are the best way to dissolve social barriers at work. If it’s working out for me, I bet it will work out for you too. - the core message in our newest video. Watch it HERE! (https://youtu.be/RYaRbTmQkQo) My career switch to construction was not easy. I did not get along … Continue reading The Passion Project: Personal Growth in Construction | Helen Xie
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
A week ago, I ran a consolidated site meeting which could have been separated into two. The idea of killing two birds with one stone appealed me. 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 on their work … Continue reading Reflection: The Path of Least Resistance