December 2017 BCCA Briefing

December 15, 2017
Your December Briefing
  • BCCA's 2017 Best of Public Procurement Announced
Seven public owners were recognized by the BCCA for excellence in procurement this year, a first for the industry. These procurement stars lead the way for others in our competitive industry.
  • Infrastructure Masterclass is heading into 2018
VICA hosted their Infrastructure Masterclass session on December 7th with over 30 attendees – the largest session yet! Another session for VICA is scheduled on February 28, 2018. NRCA is planning its session for May 2018.
  • The Public Owner Procurement Checklist is Here
Be an Owner of Choice: Introducing the Public Owner Procurement Checklist, a guide for those looking to raise the bar in procurement best practices.
  • BidCentral's 14-Day Trial Promotion Continues!
Contractors and suppliers are taking advantage of BidCentral’s 14-day free trial of Premium! Since launching the campaign at the beginning of the month, over 40 users have signed up.
  • Construction phrase of the year: Best Bid
BCCA names construction phrase of the year as "best bid". 

Definition: An offer to do work at a stated price of the most excellent, effective, and desirable quality.
In a construction bid, desirable qualities are defined by a set of non-subjective criteria which the owner uses to identify the proponent with the optimal combination of relevant experience, skills, competencies, and price. Ideally (to insure a fair, open and transparent process) this is a two stage process, with the second stage focusing on the financial considerations.
“Several contractors submitted bids for the seismic upgrade project. The successful bidder was the one with significant experience in similar seismic upgrades who proved their ability to maintain tight schedules and budgets, demonstrated the quality of their team (particularly highly skilled site superintendents and project management staff),  provided bonds and meaningful references, and whose bid aligned with the stated budget and schedule.”
  • STEP Brings the Holiday Cheer
The STEP team in Vancouver attended the 30th Annual Christmas Wish Breakfast to help build a mountain of toys. The Pan Pacific Vancouver, Global BC and Rock 101 collected new toys and cash donations to benefit the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. Way to go, team!
  • STEP Team is Working Hard
So far this year, STEP has assisted over 650 job-ready candidates throughout British Columbia in finding work with construction employers. Contact the STEP REPS near you to get connected.
  • BCCA-IN Contract Renewed
The BC Integrating Newcomers program has been extended for another six months. Construction employers interested in connecting with BCCA-IN to find new employee leads from overseas can connect with Alice.  
  • Looking for Workforce Immigration Help?
Heather Michaud, Employer Liaison Officer with IRCC and Aireen Luney, Program Development and Promotion Manager for BC’s Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, are available for immigration information to build your workforce. Contact Heather or Aireen for more information.
  • LNG Canada Trades Training Fund
The LNG Canada Trades Training Fund continues to provide no-strings-attached funding to eligible apprentices across BC. One apprentice sent these words of gratitude, “I’m very grateful, it’s definitely going to make the holidays a bit brighter, and school more manageable!”  
  • LNG Connect
With 2017 coming to an end, LNG Connect has made over 200 job placements serving construction employers in Northern BC. Get in touch with Steven Bernard in Terrace today.
  • Seeking a Construction Industry Data Master
BCCA, in partnership with Dodge Data and Analytics, is seeking an entrepreneurial Statistician/Analyst/Data Visionary to apply quantitative and qualitative techniques to define, develop, collect and interpret actionable industry data points. Get more information about the position here.
  • BCCA is Tracking Technology
This month we’re keeping an eye on FloodGuard, Smart concrete, and Europe’s 3-D printed building.
  • BidCentral Labs kicks off
BidCentral Labs is a small group of users and construction sector leaders who provide the insights and feedback we need to build a strong and sustainable future. Want to join in the conversation? Learn more here and get in touch with the team.
  • BCCA's "Guide to Project Closeout Procedures"
BCCA is working with General Contractors, Electrical Contractors and members of the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) to create a Guide to Project Closeout Procedures set for a 2018 release. Click here for more information. 
  • BCCA In The News
  • Industry Issues In The News
With the government’s announcement to establish a Project Assurance Board for Site C, we know now more than ever procurement professionals hold the master key to a successful project delivery.

The 2017 Best of Procurement awards recognized excellence in procurement practices throughout BC to show those leading the way for others in our competitive industry. These leading the way also encourage others to sharpen their procurement knowledge and work to achieve a reputation as owners of choice with workshops such as the Infrastructure Masterclass.
“Standing out for procurement professionalism amid the hundreds of public projects underway in B.C. is a significant achievement.” says Chris Atchison, President of BCCA. “Congratulations to those owners from all the regions of our province, who lead the way for others in our competitive industry.”
March 05, 2018

BC Close Out Procedures

The purpose of this Document is to recommend standard procedures to facilitate the closing stages of a construction contract and the close out of the project.
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December 14, 2017

The Unsung Heroes of Public Sector Construction

The BC Construction Association, the province’s provincial advocate for the industrial, commercial, and industrial construction sector, recognized seven public projects and owners for excellence in construction procurement in 2017.
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May 17, 2017

New Construction Industry Report Shows Procurement Drives Innovation

VICTORIA, BC – The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) has published a follow-up to its Innovation Report (February 2016), which revealed BC’s construction sector lags behind other jurisdictions when it comes to innovation. The new report is called “Procuring Innovation” and lays out the case for the sector to recognize the procurement process as the key for driving innovative projects and sector development.
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January 06, 2017

Tribunal Rules on US Gypsum Board Imports

An inquiry has made a series of recommendations about import duties after hearing about the injury caused to Canada’s industry by the pricing regime for gypsum board brought in from the USA.
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December 14, 2016

NRCA's New Website Launches

We are happy to announce that our new website is live! We are excited for our members to take advantage of all the new features available to them.
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November 30, 2016

Proactive Release of Project Information for the Construction Industry

Over the last decade new people, processes and procurement protocols have led to a loss in some fundamental practices in regard to accessing information that is paramount to fair, open and transparent bidding. This has been a significant challenge for the construction industry, and recently the BC Government has taken an important step in restoring standards for accessing information through the release of “Guidance for the Release of Information &/or Documents Related to Competitive Procurement Opportunities”.
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October 26, 2016

The Construction Management Project Delivery Method

CCA has introduced the new CCA 26 A Guide to the Construction Management (CM) Project Delivery Method (2016). Along with the Guide these are some other considerations which are very important in insuring a successful delivery of a project using Construction Management.
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