Graduate Student Residence

Location: Saskatoon, SK

The project involved a five-storey concrete and structural steel building with a mechanical penthouse level, exterior landscaping, playground relocation, and site services. The 11,746 m2 (126,443 ft2) building consists of 254 bedrooms, a classroom, an exercise room, a music room, retail space, a small student lounge on each floor and a larger one on the main floor, and an exterior patio area.

Prior to commencement of the project, the owner was significantly over budget. Through value engineering, Graham provided a series of cost saving options for the owner to explore, saving them a considerable amount of money and allowing the project to move forward. Many of the changes involved finding comparable products (e.g., finishes and windows) that cost significantly less than the higher-end, brand name product the owner was proposing. Graham made sure that any price request issues on the project was reviewed and ensured competitive prior to submitting to the owner.

Contract Value


Prime Consultant

Stantec – Saskatoon

Project Owner

University of Saskatchewan


Contract Format

Stipulated Price

Completion Date

September 2014

Contract Duration

41 months