February 2018 BCCA Briefing

 
February 27, 2018
 
Your February Briefing
 
 
  • 2017 Best of Public Procurement award presentations continue
BCCA President Chris Atchison and VICA CEO Rory Kulmala presented a 2017 Best of Public Procurement Award to Vancouver Island Health Authority on February 14, 2018. Later that same day, the Defence Construction Canada Comox procurement team stopped by the BCCA office to accept their award from Chris and Rory. Please continue to share this content with your community! 
Bernie Arthurs, Coordinator, Construction Services for Defence Construction Canada presented a 2017 Best of Public Procurement award from BCCA President Chris Atchison (left) & VICA CEO Rory Kulmala (right).
  • Chris is on his way to Smithers this week!
BCCA President, Chris Atchsion, will be in Smithers today to hand out the final 2017 Best of Public Procurement award! Stay tuned for pictures on our social media channels. 
  • Q&A with 2017 Best of Procurement honourees
After a 2017 Best of Public Procurement win, BCCA talked to Matthew Cronwiller, Manager Facilities Capital Construction, Vancouver Island Health Authority - South Region, about the cast of thousands who make up Vancouver Island Health Authority's procurement team and how they ensure best practices. 
BCCA President Chris Atchison (left) and VICA CEO Rory Kulmala (left) presented a 2017 Best of Public Procurement award to Deanna Fourt, Director of Design, Energy and Sustainability and Matthew Cronmiller, Manager of Facilities Capital Coinstruction from Vancouver Island Health Authority.
VICA's Infrastructure Masterclass is scheduled for February 28, 2018. VRCA will host its next session on April 16, 2018. NRCA is planning its next session for May 2018.
  • BC Construction Project Close Out Procedures - New Guidelines
Procedures Concerning Construction Contracts and Close Out of Projects. February 2018 update. Please circulate to your members. 
  • Attention BC Construction Employers, get STEP support!
STEP has been supplying BC construction employers with job-ready workers since 2006. STEP screens individuals on your behalf, and supports them by opening doors to employment – certifications, equipment, education, networking opportunities. Contact the STEP REPS near you to get connected.
  • LNG Canada Trades Training Fund
The $1.5 million LNG Canada Trades Training Fund currently has less than $300,000 in funds remaining! This no-strings-attached opportunity for eligible apprentices across BC  is worth sharing. Spread the news to your members who are supporting apprenticeship training. 
  • LNG Connect helps Northern BC's Construction Industry
Based in Terrace, Steven Bernard focuses exclusively on helping connect local construction employers with workers and potential workers in Northern BC.  Get in touch with him today.
  • Build Force: Major projects stretch BC's construction workforce
The ramp-up of major projects starting next year, from planned pipeline to transportation and liquefied natural gas (LNG), may create significant recruitment challenges, with as many as 16,000 new workers needed over the next three years, according to the latest labour market forecast released by BuildForce Canada.
  • We're hiring!
  • Keeping up with Technology

BCCA will be at this year's #BCTECH SUMMIT: PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF INNOVATION to continue our efforts in exploring ways technology can benefit the construction sector. 

We're gearing up for the launch of Construction Month in April 2018! There will be many ways to get involved, but here's how to start. 

START NOW:
  • Nominate a woman in construction here
  • Provide your logo to show support for Construction Month website. Submit here.
  • Add your April events to the Construction Month website. Submit here.  

COMING SOON:
  • Co-host a contractor's breakfast. Grants available.
  • Request one of 25 Construction Month Leadership Awards for a recipient of your choice.
  • Post the Construction Month campaign logo on your company website.  
  • Order Construction Month pins. Quantities limited.
Contact Lindsay.Groves@bccassn.com with questions or requests for more information!
  • Women in Construction Awards - Get your nominations in! 
As part of our province-wide celebrations for Construction and Skilled Trades Month, let’s recognize the women who are leading the way. Please take a moment to submit a nomination from your Regional Construction Association. Winners will be awarded at the Construction Leadership Dinner in Victoria on April 16th. 
  • Understanding Risk_Built Environment: World Bank UR+ symposium
BC’s industrial, commercial and institutional builders will join geological scientists and emergency management professionals in Victoria this spring to share perspectives on mitigating hazard risk and improving disaster resilience in the built environment. Get tickets and join the conversation.
  • We're live for UR+ BC's Proposal Workshop
BCCA was live from the Inn at Laurel Point to host Understanding Risk in the Built Environment - Symposium Proposal Workshop. Watch here
  • BC Budget 2018: What the construction industry should know 
"It’s an ambitious budget that is working hard to provide assistance to equity seeking groups, which we can all appreciate. But it’s likely to be hard on small businesses who will see increased expenses – this is concerning because employers already have a significant cost burden. “ Here's what you need to know.
  • VICA's WiC: "She's the Boss!" Panel Session
"The biggest win is having people ask me for my advice. Knowledge -- making the effort to learn as much as you can -- that is the key for me. Dazzle them with knowledge." - Summer Green

BCCA attended VICA's February WiC Powerhouse Panel this month. The panel included: Carla Smith, President of CMF Construction Ltd.; Kyla Bidgood, Principal of Bidgood + Co; Suzette Goldworthy, Director of VI Firestopping Services Ltd.; Summer Green, Owner of Removal Remediation Services.
  • BCCA response to the throne speech
The BC Construction Association is encouraged that the Speech from the Throne means good things ahead for all of BC’s tradespeople. Read more. 
  • BidCentral at BuildEx Vancouver
BidCentral was talking shop at the latest BuildEx Vancouver on Feb 14 and 15th. One highlight was the "Post-Earthquake BC: How Do We Stand Up?" presentation that connects with UR+ BC conversations. 
BuildEx Vancouver Presentation attended by BCCA titled "Post-Earthquake BC: How Do We Stand Up?"
  • BCCA In The News
 
 
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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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