Progress Report for Cape Dorset High School

The Design Build Team (DBT) comprising Kudlik Construction, Parkin Architects Limited and Accutech Engineering, has successfully achieved substantial performance on the High School in Cape Dorset. The combined efforts of the DBT, the Government of Nunavut (GN), and the board of education (EDU) met their goal, turning over the school in under less than a year in a half of construction.

During the second week of August, the keys will be turned over to the client. A total of 16 months of construction took place on a 34,000 sq.ft. high school in the Arctic. The logistical challenges alone, including maritime material transport, would have pushed a traditional construction timeline to twice the amount of time. The DBT provided a construction schedule that had not been seen before in the Arctic for a building of this size and type. Using a Design Build model, the goal was to provide the client with a building in record time while also maintaining the quality and performance that the Kudlik, Parkin, and Accutech team achieves. Using the experience and knowledge of the DBT, this remarkable challenge was met.

At the end of August 2018, the Cape Dorset High School will be open to the community one full year ahead of what would have traditionally been constructed. The DBT is currently using a similar approach to building its first K-12 School in Kugaaruk, which will be delivered at end of summer 2019.