The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) is working with industry stakeholders, including VRCA, to get a legislative solution addressing the need for prompt payment in B.C. on the table for the Spring 2019 legislative session. Lack of prompt payment is one of the most significant issues in the construction sector. When contractors don’t get [...]
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) are reviewing its standard documents to see if current CCDC language will provide relief to construction companies that have seen costs rise as a result of tariffs on goods imported from the United States. On July 1, Canada imposed tariffs on a [...]
The BC Construction Association (BCCA), on behalf of the four regional construction associations, has launched a letter-writing campaign against the Community Benefits Agreement for key infrastructure projects in B.C. Trades people and owners of construction companies are encouraged to sign a pre-drafted letter that will be sent to B.C. Premier John Horgan explaining why [...]
Pitt Meadows Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Ltd. hosted an open house last month to kick off its year-long celebration leading up to its 40th anniversary. Pitt Meadows Plumbing (PMP) is a family-owned business, having been founded by twin brothers Steve and Stewart Robinson. Over the years, PMP has seen its share of challenges that [...]
The Government of B.C. is introducing a new procurement strategy that aims to change the way government buys goods and services and make it easier for businesses to access opportunities. In its June 25 announcement, the provincial government said its modernized approach to procurement will remove barriers for small, medium and Indigenous businesses; promote [...]
VICTORIA, BC June 14, 2018 – Chris Atchison, President and CEO of the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) today announced the appointment of Sue Connors to the position of BidCentral CEO, effective immediately. Connors has a deep background in developing and implementing growth strategies for global ecommerce marketplaces and B2B platforms. Prior to her appointment [...]
The Audain Art Museum in Whistler is among 20 exceptional new buildings in 16 countries to receive the 2018 RIBA Awards for International Excellence The museum constructed by Axiom Builders was commissioned by property developer Michael Audain to house his personal art collection. Patkau Architects designed the museum. The 20 winning projects announced this [...]
VRCA has rolled out an improvement to its online store that makes it easier for anyone shopping for construction industry documents, including CCDC guides, contracts and stickers. The change allows customers to add an item to their shopping cart with one click and stay on the page so they can easily select additional items [...]
Nationwide, $46 billion in construction invoices remained unpaid beyond a 30-day period, an amount representing approximately 16 per cent of the estimated $285 billion in annual construction activity in Canada. Worse yet, between 2007 and 2012, the average duration of receivables increased by more than 13 per cent, rising from 62.8 days to 71.1 [...]
The BC Construction Association has been selected as one of two groups that will develop a a range of programs designed to help women working or entering a career in the building trades through improved workplace supports, services and practices. BC Premier John Horgan made the announcement on International Women’s Day following a speech [...]
It’s not often that we can say the same thing about two budgets, especially when they are delivered by different levels of government in the same fiscal year. So, here it goes: The 2018-19 budgets will be good for individuals, however, not so good for business. In the last 10 days, the provincial and [...]
What is Benchmarking and Why is it Important? The term "benchmarking" was originally coined by land surveyors, who used the term to identify a fixed point from which all other measurements are made. In the late 1970's it took on a broader meaning when applied to industry. Businesses such as AT&T, Motorola, and Xerox [...]
A Growing Demand British Columbia’s construction labour market will be put to the test over the next decade, as the need to resource major projects will put a strain on the available local workforce. Retirements are expected to draw on the current labour force creating a significant skills vacuum that will require innovative and [...]
Congratulations to Dee Gabrielle from Graham Construction & Engineering LP for earning her Gold Seal Certification! The Gold Seal Certification program piqued Dee’s interest when hearing it from her colleagues who were also going for their Gold Seal Certification. Her current employer required her to have her Gold Seal Certification. Others have mentioned that [...]
Excellent progress at Shape Properties' massive $317 million Amazing Brentwood Mall project designed by James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc. / Stantec & being built by VRCA members EllisDon & Axiom Builders Inc. Axiom is building the 3 highrise residential towers. Making it happen are fellow VRCA members Harris Rebar, Flynn Group of Companies, Matcon Civil [...]
In December 2017, Chilliwack based Gerry Enns Contracting joined the Emil Anderson Construction Group of Companies. Click here for more information about this announcement.
Awesome progress continues at Westbank Corp's massive Kensington Garden's project on Kingsway. Designed by Henriquez Partners Architects, it's being built by VRCA - Vancouver Regional Construction Association member Icon West Construction Corp. The project consists of three distinct 14 storey buildings linked by an elevated landscaped courtyard. When completed this year the project will [...]
VRCA was featured in the December Issue of Business Elite Canada. This article contains background on the VRCA and a look at our visionary 2017-2020 strategy. Click here to view the article.
Here is a link to the December edition of Business Elite Canada magazine, where you’ll find a profile of VRCA and it’s 2017-2020 strategic plan. The magazine is a national publication aimed at professionals e.g. lawyers, accountants, insurers etc. Click here to view.
Radical Transparency – A New Playbook for a Connected Environment In his best-selling book "The Tipping Point", Malcolm Gladwell used the term “connector” to describe individuals who have multiple ties to different social worlds. It’s not the number of people we know that makes connections significant. It is our ability to link people, ideas, [...]