Indigenous Institutes Consortium


Building Condition Assessments – Indigenous Institutes Consortium (IIC)

Philip Brearton, Project Lead
Phil Dewasha, Senior Project Manager
Kevin Shaw, Building Science Lead
Kelly Worden, Project Manager
Roja Varzegani, Project Coordinator
Roger Ramsden, Project Coordinator
Justin Wong, Project Coordinator

Solucore Inc. – Elevator Consultant

Kevin Martin, KLM Tech

Cion Corp. was retained in 2020 by the Indigenous Institute Consortium (IIC) in a competitive public tender to conduct Building Condition Assessments (BCAs) that included a portfolio of 16 educational institute facilities operated by seven (7) separate Indigenous educational institutes and under jurisdiction of the IIC.

The portfolio was spread across much of Ontario and southwest Quebec. Facility ages ranged between century buildings and newly constructed/uncommissioned facilities. Buildings both leased and owned by the educational institutes were included in the study.  Construction types included conventional construction, prefabricated buildings, and a traditional longhouse constructed of wood and cedar bark. The project was on a fast-tracked 16-week schedule during the 2020 pandemic situation.  The site visits were conducted following special COVID-19 protocols for the safety of the institute and project staff.

The BCA audits required onsite assessment of property components following the Uniformat Level II classification system to develop a twenty-five (25) year capital asset plan.  Whole building replacement costs and facility condition indexes (FCIs) were calculated for each facility.  Prioritized capital repair and replacement plans were provided for each facility. 

Cion also provided the building cost scenarios for IIC’s multi-level financial analysis for the planned renewal and upgrading of the Facilities.  The scenarios needed to meet a target FCI while meeting the future programming needs of the specific educational institute.

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