Capital City Smiles

Capital City Smiles

Completed: September 2009

Value: $21,362.00

Architectural Design: Pye & Richards Architects Inc.

Mechanical & Electrical Design: Jp2g Consultants Inc.

Electrical Contractor: Drycore Electric 2002 Inc.

Mechanical & Plumbing Contractor: HydroPlumb Mechanical Ltd.

Taplen was engaged as the Design-Builder to fit-up a new dental office in a ground-level retail space located at 134 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario. Our mandate was to maximize the use of the new space while developing a modern interior design using glazing to bring in as much natural light as possible from the street front.

The construction scope included installing or constructing electrical, mechanical and plumbing fit-outs, interior walls and ceilings, millwork and flooring. A key facet was incorporating and installing operatory chairs from the existing practice while ensuring their functionality with the new equipment.

The project consisted of three phases: Design Development, Tender and Construction. We were required to:

  • Refine the physical layout to ensure it met functional requirements, complied with building codes, and fit the operation into the physical constraints of the new site.
  • Address the placement of dental chairs and equipment, and spatial and services requirements in the operatories and ancillary production rooms.
  • Develop the millwork configurations and select the architectural finishes.

Significant Change Request

After construction had begun, several significant architectural changes were requested requiring us to quickly modify the design, price the revisions, and minimize the impact on the schedule.

Even though we had to incorporate major changes, we completed construction in just eight weeks—only an additional two weeks than originally planned.


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