January 2018 BCCA Briefing

 
January 24, 2018
 
Your January Briefing
 
 
 
Here’s what you need to know.
  • 2017 Best of Public Procurement Awards
The 2017 Best of Public Procurement awards recognized excellence in procurement practices throughout BC as an example to others in our competitive industry. These honourees 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. And the honourees were ... 

CITY OF VERNON
For the Vernon Multi-Use Facility Expansion

DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION CANADA
CFB Comox Procurement Team for procurement practices

INTERIOR HEALTH AUTHORITY
For procurement practices

LOWER MAINLAND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT HEALTH AUTHORITIES

For procurement practices

PUBLIC WORKS & GOVERNMENT SERVICES CANADA

Real Property Contracting, Pacific Region for procurement practices

TOWN OF SMITHERS
For the procurement of the Airport Expansion Project

VANCOUVER ISLAND HEALTH AUTHORITY
For procurement practices
  • 2017 Best of Public Procurement Award Presentations
BCCA President Chris Atchison presented a 2017 Best of Public Procurement award to the Lower Mainland Facilities on January 16, 2018. On January 22, he was in Kelowna and Vernon with the Southern Interior Construction Association's CEO, Jason Henderson, to present awards to the Interior Health Authority and the City of Vernon. Award presentations continue with dates planned in Vancouver, Comox, and Victoria. 
BCCA President, Chris Atchison (right), and SICA CEO, Jason Henderson (left), presented a 2017 Best of Public Procurement award to Jigar Patel, Director of Capital Projects for Interior Health Authority on January 22, 2018.
  • Q&A with 2017 Best of Procurement Honourees
BCCA talked to Elizabeth Zhu, Acting Manager, Facilities Procurement for Lower Mainland Facilities Management, Chris Sheel, Manager of Procurement Services, City of Vernon and Jigar Patel, Director of Capital Projects, Interior Health Authority about their awards for 2017 Best in Public Procurement. Still to come: conversations with Defence Construction Canada, Public Works & Government Services Canada, and the Town of Smithers! 
VICA's Infrastructure Masterclass is scheduled for February 28, 2018. VRCA will host its session on April 16, 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
  • What is Best Bid?

Definition: An offer to do work at a stated price of the most excellent, effective, and desirable quality. BCCA announced best bid as the construction phrase of the year 2017. Here's why.

  • BidCentral's 14-Day Trial continues through February
Contractors and suppliers not ready for membership can take advantage of BidCentral’s 14-day Premium free trial
  • 2018 BC Codes: Public Review of Proposed Changes
The Province invites code users and other stakeholders to participate in a public review to provide feedback on proposed changes for the next edition of the BC Codes. 
  • Standards & Practices Update
The S&P Update gives the news on Standards & Practices from the national, provincial and regional levels. 
  • 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 LNG Canada Trades Training Fund currently has $280,000 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.
  • We're hiring: 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.
  • Keeping up with Technology

Here are a few examples of technologies BCCA is researching and exploring: Polystyrene concrete blocks, AI Masonry, and these new technologies to keep workers safer in extreme temperatures

  • BC construction month is coming this April! 
We're working with the government, regional construction associations and industry insiders to plan BC's construction month for April 2018. Stay tuned for more information. 
  • BCCA to host provincial event: UR+ BC_Built Environment
Understanding Risk BC  will take place on April 17 - 18, 2018 in Victoria, BC. This symposium builds off the outcomes of UR+ Vancouver (March 2017) to focus on hazard mitigation and increased resilience in our province’s built environment.

UR+ BC assembles an interdisciplinary group to share knowledge and perspective on how to build long-term resilience to future hazard events and the impacts of climate change. Emphasis will be placed on seismic hazard, but there is a recognition of risks associated with wildfire, tsunami, flood and sea level rise and that a variety of these hazards need to be considered in the built environment in various regions throughout the province. Engineers, planners, and emergency managers will collaborate with developers, builders, investors, and insurers to find solutions and drive change.

Ticket and accommodation information is available here. 
  • BidCentral at the BC Natural Resources Forum
Jonathan Smallwood, BidCentral's Business Development Manager, and the team from the Northern Regional Construction Association were talking shop with attendees at the BC Natural Resources Forum (#BCNRF18). 
  • Building Smart for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings: Seminar
This seminar series showcases cost-effective building solutions for energy efficiency that best supports the new BC Energy Step Code requirements (as of December 15, 2017, Section 5 of the Building Act).
  • BCCA 2017 Update 
The past year has been a significant and transformative one: Chris Atchison began his tenure as BCCA President in January 2017 and the organization introduced a focused new strategic plan. Here's a closer look at what we've done and where we're going.
  • BCCA In The News
 

Sincerely,
The Team at BCCA
 
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May 17, 2017

New Construction Industry Report Shows Procurement Drives Innovation

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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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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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April 27, 2016

CCA Quality of Documents Report Issued

In 2015, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) embarked on a series of “Quality of Documents” workshops across Canada. In BC workshops were sponsored by NRCA in Prince George and VRCA in Vancouver with participants invited from across the Province. It was an opportunity to discuss the issue of poor quality documentation in the Canadian building industry.
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