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Capital Project Management for Aboriginal Communities


Constructing a new facility can take a toll on your community’s resources. Managing the project from concept to completion demands much more than the construction management services offered by various parties. While construction management is necessary to ensure the actual building of the facility goes smoothly, getting to the point where construction begins requires project management at a higher level.

Depending on your community’s needs and goals, project management can involve conducting community and stakeholder consultation, budgeting and managing cash flow, financial management and reporting, developing proposals and business plans to support requests for funding and financing, liaising with government, managing the tendering process, and much more.

A key aspect of project management is that it starts projects off properly. Without planning, consultation and agreed upon parameters, projects can get stalled indefinitely. Individuals may disagree about needs and wants, budgets may not be realistic and expected funding may not actually be available. All of these situations can result in failure to launch.

An objective, third-party project manager offers many benefits to Aboriginal communities, including the following:

  • Clarity on needs and goals
  • Accurate budgets and funding requirements
  • Reduced frustration for project leaders
  • Assistance with business plans and proposal
  • Timely completion of projects

MNP has been managing large-scale construction projects for 20 years. Today, these services are more critical than ever. Housing and public works projects that go over schedule and budget can bankrupt communities. Additionally, the success of individual projects impacts the community’s ability to secure funding for future projects.

MNP was recently engaged as project manager overseeing the construction of a $1.7-million daycare for the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta. The community had been discussing a larger daycare for about seven years and wanted to get one built in time for an upcoming funding deadline.

Drawing on our firm’s extensive resources and broad-based expertise, we were able to help the Piikani Nation save over $1 million from its original concept and meet its funding deadline. The new daycare has almost 6,000 square feet of space and provides safe care for 80 children.

MNP’s customizable Project Management Services are available to Aboriginal communities for capital projects of all sizes. To learn more, contact me, Will Fong, Senior Manager of Project Management, at 403.536.5601

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