Context: The Yukon Government (YG) maintains a number of facilities in Yukon communities to accommodate a variety of functions and services. These facilities are constructed periodically as needed and therefore vary in age, construction type, and condition. Uses and occupancies also change over time. As part of a program to optimize program delivery, space use, and operational costs, the YG has initiated a series of studies to examine the current situation in several communities, estimate current and future accommodation requirements, examine potential efficiency and consolidation options, and prepare business cases for proposed initiatives. The outcome of these studies provides a framework for making effective decisions regarding retaining, replacing, and’/or expanding facilities to achieve optimal benefits.
Approach: The study logic adopted by Cornerstone incorporated a number of features that were part of a previous study for the community of Mayo that the YG found to be very useful. The work first involves understanding the “supply” side of the equation – i.e. the amount type, and condition of existing facilities. This involves technical analysis, quantitative analysis, and mapping. The “demand” side of the equation is expressed as the amount type and location of facilities that are required to accommodate programs and services now and into the future. This part of the work combines functional analysis and stakeholder consultation to explore the impacts of potential future trends on activities and programs. The gap between supply and demand represents the challenge to be solved by deriving a strategy that optimizes program delivery, space use, and operational costs. This final stage includes capital cost analysis, operating costs analysis, and evaluation of relative merits and risks.
Results: The Final Report presents options that range from Minimal to Maximum Consolidation with variations on how existing facilities are utilized in combination with new and/or renovated and expanded facilities. The relative costs and functional merits provide a reliable and well considered foundation for making effective management decisions about operations and facilities.