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Building Information Modeling

Lark has made significant advances with BIM modelling in recent years. Using a design model from the Architect, Structural Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Electrical Engineer a BIM model is produced. From that model, costing and scheduling are created. From the consultant’s models, we produce a BIM Construction model for clash detection, constructability, scheduling and costing. These are referred to as 3D (construction Model, 4D (scheduling), and 5D (costing). This model is continually updated throughout the life-cycle of the project incorporating all revisions throughout the life of the project contract.

We utilize our proven, fully integrated 3D, 4D and 5D BIM technologies and workflow to control the project from design through to completion.

Lark has taken the initiative to be at the forefront of BIM technology in order to maximize the value that BIM brings to Owners. We call this True BIM. It starts with our in-house capability to produce accurate Construction models, building the model in detail floor by floor and adding construction means and methods. We use schedules within Revit to monitor the design development and Trimble Vico software and processes to control 4D (scheduling) and 5D (costs). Vico is the most integrated BIM software and any changes to the model automatically update the impact on cost and schedule.

The “As-Built” BIM model at a Level of Development (LOD) 500, is populated with relevant building component information such as product data, O&M manuals, cut sheet specifications and warranty data.

From Design Development to the completion of Construction Documents, the models are continually compared for clash detection to assist with coordination. On a number of projects, we have been shown to reduce the number of RFIs and changes during construction significantly.

We log and track every clash and constructability issue until each is resolved.

During construction, we use 3D models to enhance communication and as a reference for dimensions and elevations. In congested ceiling spaces, we often produce colour-coded construction drawings for Mechanical and Plumbing layouts, using accurate information from the fully coordinated Mechanical model.

Sustainable Design and Construction

At the Lark Group, we take our commitment to quality service seriously, which is why we believe in protecting and enhancing the environment in the process. As part of our dedication to reducing the impact the construction industry has on communities, we strive to minimize any detrimental effects our business might have. From energy and water conservation to sustainability and environmental preservation, we recognize our duty to do what›s right for the planet.

That’s why we’re proud to be one of the first BC construction companies to achieve the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s Excellence in Sustainable Construction (ESC) certifications. This program helps us manage, report, and improve our business practices related to social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Additionally, we’ve completed several LEED® projects, featuring sustainable elements like roof gardens, Bioswale, and energy conservation features.

When you choose the Lark Group, you can be assured that we’re committed to doing our part for both our clients and the environment.

Design Build

As design-builder and owner of many projects, Lark understands the im­portance of designing and building to exceed client needs and delivering a building that will perform over its life.

Since its inception in the 1970s, the Lark Group has built a solid understanding of the British Columbia design-build market. Our teams work hard to understand all aspects of the project, using our knowledge to determine how the project can be best financed, what its optimal design will be, and how to ensure the best price over the lifetime of the contract while also considering safety and comfort. In short, we are experts.

Developers of new properties face challenges today that must be resolved before the project can commence, including land scarcity, rising costs and skilled labour shortages. The Lark team uses our expertise in cost control, value engineering, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the use of VICO with life cycle costing in order to consistently deliver industry-leading projects.

This approach uses win-win solutions, including those having the best balance of cost, function, efficiency, maintainability, and delivery for a particular project.

In today’s competitive construction market, there are almost as many project delivery methodologies as projects. But tailoring your choice to the individual project’s specifications and circumstances will help ensure success. Key factors dictating a particular type of delivery method include budget, time restraints, risk, and level of quality.

Lark Group specializes in fast-track, design-assist and design-build solutions that integrate design, construction and building operations, favouring best life cycle cost over low component costs. Over the last ten years, our team has been involved in 40 design-build projects across a variety of sectors. Our construction methods allow us to meet any schedule and budget, ensuring a successful outcome.

Lark values its long-term relationships and partnerships with governments, health authorities, lenders, owners, operators, consultants and sub-contractors. These relationships are the key to our success in Public and Private sector projects. Focusing on a successful outcome, Lark coordinates and manages competing demands for an optimal solution that satisfies all parties involved in the project.  These win-win arrangements foster long-term relationships which remove risk, and make the process both rewarding and enjoyable.

Our highly successful track record is reflected in the numerous awards that Lark projects have received. These include Best International Project at the 2010 Public Private Finance Awards for the Royal Jubilee Hospital Patient Care Centre, a state-of-the-art, 500-bed care facility, as well as the Silver Award for Project Financing from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

Construction Management

Lark’s construction management approach provides a collaborative environment in which the Owner, Consultants and Construction Managers work as a team to find the best solutions. These solutions can be quickly turned into results delivering the project in the most efficient manner possible. This efficiency translates into a balance between cost, schedule and quality. Lark’s process is completely open book where the owner is in an informed position throughout the life of the project and involved in the decision making process.

Establishing the project requirements for quality begins at project inception. A careful balance between the owner’s requirements of the project costs and schedule, desired operating characteristics, materials of construction, etc. and the design professional’s need for adequate time and budget to meet those requirements during the design process is essential. Owners balance their requirements against economic considerations and, in some cases, against chance of failure. The design professional is obligated to protect public health and safety in the context of the final completed project. The constructor is responsible for the means, methods, techniques, sequences, and procedures of construction, as well as for safety precautions and programs during the construction process.

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