LATEST NEWS

Construction of New Affordable Housing in Bowmanville Underway

Construction has officially commenced for a new 75 unit, high quality, affordable housing development at 50 Martin Road in Bowmanville.

The demolition contractor has installed fencing to secure the site, site services have been capped and the existing dwelling has been removed. The construction of foundations are slated to begin as soon as approvals are received from the Municipality of Clarington and the Region of Durham. Project completion is scheduled for early 2019.

With views of Lake Ontario and ample retail opportunities close by, this fully accessible building will offer a mix of one and two-bedroom units to serve low-income seniors, low-income singles and couples, and persons with disabilities. The building has been designed to not only provide shelter to its residents, but to encourage a sense of community for tenants through an impressive social calendar of organized activities and common areas including a common room, library, outdoor BBQ area and pet spa. In addition, the developer has partnered with local community support organizations to facilitate easy access to important social service providers.

This project has been made possible by developer, New View Holdings Inc., in partnership with the Region of Durham and the Federal and Provincial Governments as part of the Investment in Affordable Housing program.

      

Mayor’s Golf Classic in Support of Carea Community Health Centre

IPM has been a supporter of the Carea Community Health Centre (formerly Oshawa Community Health Centre) for over a decade. As Project Managers, we were part of the team that assisted with the construction of their present facility in 2007. Our relationship has continued throughout the years as volunteers and supporters of their various fundraising efforts. Carea provides a variety of much needed, community-based health and wellness services in our community, and as a non-profit, they rely on corporate and individual support in order to provide a wide range of free, high-quality programs. They are an incredibly caring group of people committed to assisting those in our local community and its our pleasure to aid them in reaching their goals.

This July will mark the 15th year of the annual Mayors Golf Classic in support of Carea Community Health Centre and they are hoping to break the million dollar mark. IPM was asked to partner with Carea to assist them in filling their live and silent auction tables with tons of amazing items so that this year’s tournament can be their most successful yet.

IPM is asking our community partners to consider donating an item, big or small, for their live and silent auctions. We will be collecting prize donations at our office in Oshawa and those making donations will receive recognition by way of their company name and item prominently displayed on the prize table with company business card.

Your kind and generous donation will allow Carea to continue assisting those in our community, and on behalf of them, we thank you for your consideration and support.

Please contact Warren Young at (905) 723-9300 if you have any questions or would like to make a donation.

For more information about this year’s event, please refer to the attached letter from Mayor John Henry (OMGC Letter 2017) and Carea’s Tournament Organizer Kim Wildman (Auction Letter).

IPM A PROUD FOUNDING MEMBER OF “COMPANIES WHO CARE”

Several few months ago, IPM partnered with a handful of other local business owners to form a group called “Companies Who Care”.

Companies Who Care was born while these individuals were casually discussing the “100 Men, 100 Dollars” phenomenon and the amazing things that can be accomplished when people come together to work towards a common goal. Companies Who Care is on a mission to help local support groups make a big impact on the lives of the communities they support. Any donation recipient must use the funds immediately and ensure that 100% of the funds go to the end user (not management or administration costs). We personally research the prospect groups to ensure they are reputable, sustainable and are making a positive difference in the local community. Whether you or your organization can donate $50 or $5,000, the funds will be pooled with other donors to ensure the maximum benefit for the recipient organization. And instead of big charities with big marketing budgets, Companies Who Care is seeking out the smaller, grassroots organizations where $1 really goes a long way to helping. We hope to attract donors willing to make a once annual donation for 3 consecutive years so that we can continue to make a measurable, long-term difference in our community….together. And as an organization, our mandate is to operate without any administration costs to ensure the full value of donations goes to the recipient group, a goal we have succeeded in accomplishing due to the donation of services from local business providers.

In just a few short months, this group has grown to 18 partners who’ve raised $17,000 with more potential members joining weekly. To date we have provided 3,500 meals to those in need via the Back Door Mission (www.backdoormission.ca). We have sent 10 at-risk youths to the Horses Help Horsing Around therapy program (www.horseshelpcanada.com) in partnership with Carea Community Health Centre (www.ochc.ca). And most recently, we donated to Their Opportunity (www.theiropportunity.com) to help 22 local children enroll in organized sport and recreation programs. It is amazing what we have accomplished together in such a short time!

And we’re not done yet! We look forward to continuing our efforts in the near future with another deserving community service group. If you would like become a partner member of Companies Who Care and participate in our next drive, please contact us at companieswhocare@outlook.com.

For additional information, please listen to our very own Denis O’Connell speak on local radio about Companies Who Care:

IPM is proud to be a part of this amazing initiative and we hope that you will considering joining us in this mission to help the many deserving organizations in our local community.

A New Home for Local Seniors at Ritson Residence

IPM are thrilled to announce the successful completion of Ritson Residence, Oshawa’s newest provision of affordable housing for seniors.

In 2013, IPM assisted Mahogany Management in preparing a proposal submission to the Region of Durham to provide subsidized seniors housing as part of the government’s Investment in Affordable Housing Program. Mahogany Management was the successful developer and construction of this $9M, four-storey, 75 unit apartment complex began in March 2015. Just short of two years later, the building officially opened its doors to its tenants.

Ritson Residence has been designed to provide seniors with a lifestyle that ensures their comfort, safety and privacy while also providing ample opportunities for an active social life, a sense of community and access to community service organizations as needed. The development includes thoughtful design, quality construction, extensive amenity spaces, beautiful landscaping and is situated close to a multitude of retail shopping options.

For additional information, please visit www.ritsonresidence.com.

IPM are proud of have been a part of this important community project and look forward to working with this team on a similar affordable housing development in Bowmanville.

        

 

IPM Awarded Business of the Month

We are proud to announce that Independent Project Managers has been awarded the Business of the Month for February by the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. Each month the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee recognizes a local business for making a difference in the Greater Oshawa community through charitable, philanthropic or volunteer involvement.

To view the official announcement, visit https://oshawachamber.com/business-of-the-month.

IPM is proud of have been awarded this honour and looks forward to continuing to support local community iniatives.

We are currently partnering with other like-minded business owners to launch a group committed to achieve something amazing in the community. Stay tuned for updates!

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Sir Winston Churchill

Toronto Hydro’s Rexdale Operations Centre Opens

In late 2016, Toronto Hydro officially relocated their west-end operations to their newly renovated 191,000 sf Operations Centre at 71 Rexdale Boulevard.

The project involved the extensive renovation of an existing warehouse/factory into four distinct operational spaces:

  1. Administrative Offices – 86,000 sf of open concept office space and meeting rooms was created by raising approximately 41,000 sf of existing roof and constructing a second floor within the existing building footprint.
  2. Marshalling Services – A large space for Marshalling Operations was designed complete with associated shower and locker facilities as well as a Trades Training Facility.
  3. Fleet Services – Toronto Hydro’s service vehicle fleet found a new home in 48,000 sf of indoor garage space complimented by 13,000 sf of exterior storage with covered canopy.
  4. Warehouse – Ongoing operations are assisted by way of 38,000 sf of warehouse space including loading docks and storage facilities.

The mass facility renovation also included all new building shell upgrades and all new state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical systems with back-up power.

The new facility will consolidate numerous Toronto Hydro departments (Fleet, Warehouse, Facilities Group, IT, Metrolinx Group, Administration, Security, etc.) into a single, centralized location to help improve efficiency in operations and service.

The fast-track construction spanned approximately 20 months and the building was delivered to Toronto Hydro in accordance with the established schedule and budget.

All of us at IPM would like to welcome Toronto Hydro to their new facility as well as congratulate the assembled team of Consultants and Contractors on a job well done!

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Best Wishes from All of Us at IPM!

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As 2016 draws to a close, all of us at Independent Project Managers would like to wish our Clients, Consultants, Contractors and business associates best wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

IPM had the pleasure of being involved in the construction of many successful projects in 2016. In February, we proudly celebrated the opening of the Harmony Hill Retirement Community, a $32M retirement residence comprised of 204 independent suites as well as extensive amenity spaces. We also assisted Toronto Hydro in the completion of a multitude of small and large scale renovation and new construction projects, across more than a half dozen properties, as part of their overall $200M+ Facilities Consolidation Project.

We’ve also been successful in securing several new Clients, whose construction projects are now in the design stage with scheduled construction starts in 2017.

It has been a pleasure working with all of you over the last year and we look forward to all that 2017 has to offer.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Athanksgivings the air grows crisp, the days draw shorter and we watch the leaves change colour, the construction industry begins its natural slowing as current building projects near completion and new projects begin the design phase in time for a spring construction start.

With Thanksgiving weekend once again upon us, Independent Project Managers would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the many business associates we have had the pleasure of working with this year – Clients, Consultants and Contractors alike!

We thank you for your patronage and for allowing us to work both for you and with you to see the many construction projects of 2016 come to successful fruition.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Golf Fore ALS

On August 17th, 2016, Independent Project Managers was a proud sponsor and participant at the 4th annual Golf Fore ALS tournament in support of the late Gerry Johnston.

In 2013, Gerry Johnston lost his courageous battle with ALS.  Gerry will be forever remembered as a great businessman and a dearly loved community leader and volunteer.  After Gerry’s initial diagnosis, a team of his family and friends committed to raise funds to find a cure for this devastating illness.  After four consecutive years, the Gerry Johnston Memorial Golf Tournament, has now raised over $100,000 for the fight against ALS.

Gerry Johnston was a very good friend of IPM’s own Warren Young and we have been a proud supporter of this tournament since its inception.  In addition to playing in the tournament, IPM was happy to sponsor some new hardware at this year’s event by providing the winning foursome with a memorial trophy in Gerry’s honour.

ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed.  Every day two or three Canadians die of the disease.  For more information, please visit the ALS Society of Canada at www.als.ca.

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Nomination for Business Person of the Year

The team at IPM would like to send a hearty congratulations to our very own Mr. Denis O’Connell!

In early May, Denis was notified that he had been anonymously nominated for the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Business Person of the Year.  The award recipient must be someone that excels in all areas of business and displays leadership within the community. Denis was required to provide the Awards Committee with a personal biography and attend an interview with the selection panel.

We are thrilled to announced that Denis has been successfully short-listed as one of only two finalists for this prestigious award!

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce’s 21st Annual Business Excellence Awards will take place on Thursday, September 22nd at Tosca Banquet Hall & Conference Centre in Whitby and the final award winner will be announced that evening.

As Denis continues his transition to retirement, we can’t think of a more esteemed honour than Business Person of the Year or a more deserving recipient.  It would be a lovely cap to his decades’ long career and all he has accomplished to date.  The team at IPM are proud to have this man as our Vice President and will be in attendance at the big event to show our support.  Fingers crossed!

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