13 08, 2018

CCA checking CCDC documents to see if they provide Canadian tariff relief

By |August 13th, 2018|CCDC, CCDC Education, In The News|

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 [...]

30 07, 2018

Three new CCDC seminars added in August

By |July 30th, 2018|CCDC Education, Education, Membership|

VRCA is pleased to have added three new CCDC seminars to the Education Calendar for this August. The first is a half-day seminar on August 29 from 1-4:30 p.m. on Construction Management Contracts. Construction Management (CM) form of project delivery takes a team approach to the construction process. The concept joins the owner, consultant and [...]

30 07, 2018

We need your help identifying the industry’s education needs

By |July 30th, 2018|Education, Member News, Membership|

As you may know, VRCA received a generous grant from the Real Estate Foundation of BC that allows us to engage a consultant to undertake an industry-wide educational needs assessment. RDH Building Science was awarded the contract to perform the needs assessment activities. RDH has been collecting historical and current data from VRCA and [...]

16 05, 2018

VRCA is now a Recognized Educational Provider for AIBC

By |May 16th, 2018|Architectural Institute of British Columbia Continuing Education, Education|

The AIBC’s Continuing Education System (CES) was introduced in 2001 in response to the profession’s recognition of its own needs and the public’s increasing expectation that architects remain current with contemporary technology, business practices, methods and materials. All architects and architectural technologists are required to earn 36 Learning Units every two years, consisting of [...]

14 05, 2018

Education committee visits Sherwood Park Elementary

By |May 14th, 2018|Education, Member News, Membership|

It’s not everyday that one sees a pair of concrete trucks parked on a basketball court. Last Thursday, VRCA Education Committee volunteers were at North Vancouver’s Sherwood Park Elementary School talking to approximately 232 students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 about the construction industry. The concrete trucks were used for show and tell. “It [...]

9 04, 2018

CCDC seminars introduce new and updated contracts

By |April 9th, 2018|CCDC, In The News|

VRCA, in partnership with the Canadian Construction Documents Committee, will be hosting a set of CCDC seminars on May 11 at Douglas College in New Westminster to introduce new and updated contract forms and guides. The seminars, split into a morning and afternoon session, are conducted by those same CCDC members who have worked [...]

9 04, 2018

BC Energy Step Code Design Guide available for download

By |April 9th, 2018|In The News, Step Code|

The BC Energy Step Code Design Guide is now available for download from the BC Housing website. Published by BC Housing in collaboration with BC Hydro, the City of Vancouver, the City of New Westminster, and the Province of BC, the guide provides information on the key strategies and approaches to meeting the Energy [...]

12 03, 2018

Prompt Payment BC advocates for provincial legislation

By |March 12th, 2018|Advocacy|

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 [...]

12 03, 2018

BCCA tapped to develop supports for women building a career in the trades

By |March 12th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News, Women In Construction|

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 [...]

1 03, 2018

Business not at the forefront in the provincial and federal budgets

By |March 1st, 2018|Federal Budgets, In The News, Provincial Budget|

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 [...]

19 02, 2018

Lean Construction Institute of Canada Annual Conference and Training Day

By |February 19th, 2018|Education, Events, Member Deals, Membership|

The Lean Construction Institute of Canada Annual Conference and Training Day will be in Vancouver April 24-26. VRCA members are eligible for discounted registration when three or more people from the same company are attending. Pay full price for the first two registrations and receive 50 per cent off the third registration from the [...]

14 02, 2018

Performance Benchmarking – How Do We Improve What We Don’t Measure?

By |February 14th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News|

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 [...]

2 02, 2018

“Constructionomics” Inside British Columbia’s Labour Market Challenges

By |February 2nd, 2018|Advocacy, In The News|

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 [...]

2 02, 2018

Gold Seal Success Story: Dee Gabrielle

By |February 2nd, 2018|Education, Gold Seal Certification, Member News, Membership|

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 [...]

22 01, 2018

Jacob Bros Construction sets up memorial endowment to honour Jordan McIldoon

By |January 22nd, 2018|Endowment Fund, Member News, Membership, Trade Contractors|

In October 2017, we were shocked to learn that Jordan McIldoon, a mechanic with VRCA member Jacob Bros. Construction, was killed in the senseless Las Vegas shooting.  In the period since, Jacob Bros. Construction has been working with Jordan’s parents and BCIT to establish a Memorial Endowment in Jordan’s memory.  Thank you to everyone [...]

18 12, 2017

VRCA Featured in Business Elite Canada Magazine

By |December 18th, 2017|In The News|

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.

13 12, 2017

Advocacy Series – The Connected Environment

By |December 13th, 2017|Advocacy, In The News|

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, [...]

9 11, 2017

Gold Seal Success Story: Cynthia Raven MacPhail

By |November 9th, 2017|Gold Seal Certification|

Currently, Cynthia is working on the Vancouver House Project for ICONWEST Construction, which employs approximately 350 workers across a job-site bigger than a city block. Within the next 6 months, she anticipates the number of workers to double. Cynthia is the Senior Safety Advisor on site, she also has currently three juniors that work under her [...]