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Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) Renovation

Calgary’s Urban Project Society (CUPS) needed a complete renovation of their 1940s warehouse in downtown Calgary. This non-profit organization has helped Calgarians overcome adversity and build resilience that spans generations since 1989. An entirely new building exterior and interior fit-out was completed including child daycare services, medical and dental services, office administration, and education services, all with little impact and uninterrupted services to their clientele.

It was a complex project involving a medical clinic, dental clinic, childcare centre, family development centre, administration, clinical observation room, kitchens, rooftop playground, counseling rooms, a tight timeline, and a tight budget. Additionally, building renovations required an understanding of what CUPS’ programs and services provide for the low-income and marginalized populations.

The project was broken into 13 different tender packages to allow each of the customer user group influence into the ongoing project. We used Project Management and GANTT chart software as the primary tools to track the critical path and manage the schedule, and the onsite whiteboard (pull plan) system was also used for the trades to track daily and weekly objectives. 

This was a project that will have a lasting and historic impact for the City of Calgary, the community’s most vulnerable citizens, and our province at large. Both the Mayor of Calgary and Premier of Alberta stated, “Because of this project, the quality and scope of work that CUPS does for the marginalized and vulnerable Calgarians have improved dramatically.” 

Over the years, our Chandos team has remained close with the team at CUPS; joining together for an annual holiday gift wrap, supporting their fundraising targets, and more. We’re committed to supporting the communities we build in.

Read more about the project challenges and solutions in our case study

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