A Major Transportation Project: A Case Study on the Implementation of a Sustainable Rating System for a MVRD Municipality

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2017

Authors

Kirk, Tiffany
Froese, Thomas M.
Nelms, Cheryl
Zammar, Jimmy

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CSCE Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting

Abstract

In the past decade, numerous sustainable rating systems have been developed for large infrastructure projects. These systems facilitate and assess sustainable practices throughout the entirety of a project. Despite these systems’ prevalence in international projects, there is only one large infrastructure project in the Metro Vancouver Regional District that has achieved a full rating system certification. This paper explores how to include sustainable rating systems as a tool to manage sustainability for more infrastructure projects in the Metro Vancouver Regional District to become certified. The main objective of this paper is to conduct a case study of a Metro Vancouver Regional District transportation project’s inclusion of a sustainable rating system, Envision, during the planning phase of the project. The paper highlights the challenges, successes, impacts and recommendations for the inclusion of Envision. The methods adopted in this case study involve, first, a literature review of decision-method and lesson-learned case studies for the inclusion of Envision, and second, a series of interviews with the transportation project’s project team to determine the lessons learned in selecting Envision. The deliverables are presented in a decision matrix and a lessons learned table organized by the Project Management Book of Knowledge – knowledge management areas. The results demonstrate that the main lessons learned were the outcome of the development a decision matrix, senior leadership endorsement, employee training in Envision techniques, and working within a limited time frame. Future project teams can use the concluded lessons learned to develop risk registers for using Envision for other projects.

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Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure/Leadership en Infrastructures Durables Vancouver, Canada May 31 – June 3, 2017/ Mai 31 – Juin 3, 2017

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Kirk, T., Froese, T.M., Nelms, C. & Zammar, J. (2017). A Major Transportation Project: A Case Study on the Implementation of a Sustainable Rating System for a MVRD Municipality. Paper presented at CSCE Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, B.C. https://www.xcdsystem.com/csce/proceedings2017/CONSPEC/FinalPaper_194.pdf