31 08, 2018

BC Lions Announce “Salute the Trades” Game Night September 7

By |August 31st, 2018|Member Deals, Member News, Membership|

The BC Lions is hosting its second annual “Salute the Trades” game night on Friday, Sept. 7, when the Lions take on the Ottawa Red Blacks. The first BC Lions “Salute the Trades” game night was held last September, inviting BC’s registered apprentices to purchase generously discounted tickets. The Lions also extended a similar [...]

13 08, 2018

BCCA aiming to have prompt payment legislation tabled next spring

By |August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News|

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 [...]

3 08, 2018

A final look back at last year’s Outstanding Achievement winners

By |August 3rd, 2018|Awards of Excellence, Events|

With the nomination deadline for the 2018 VRCA Awards of Excellence – Outstanding Achievement categories just days away, we’re taking a last look back at the winners from 2017 to help inspire nominations for the award’s 30th anniversary. Nominations are due August 10. Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation - Graham Infrastructure LP In 2015, [...]

30 07, 2018

Looking back at last year’s Awards of Excellence Outstanding Achievement winners

By |July 30th, 2018|Awards of Excellence|

With the August 10 nomination deadline for the 2018 VRCA Awards of Excellence – Outstanding Achievement categories fast approaching, we’re taking a look back at the winners from 2017 to help inspire nominations for the award’s 30th anniversary. 2017 U40 Excellence in Construction Award Recipient - William Donnellan William Donnellan is an accomplished business [...]

16 07, 2018

Pitt Meadows Plumbing prepares to celebrate anniversary

By |July 16th, 2018|Member News, Member Project Showcase, Membership, On Site with Olivia, Trade Contractors|

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 [...]

18 06, 2018

BCCA announces appointment of Sue Connors to the position of BidCentral CEO

By |June 18th, 2018|In The News|

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 [...]

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 [...]

12 03, 2018

Judges offer their Top 5 tips for Awards of Excellence presentations

By |March 12th, 2018|Awards of Excellence, Events|

Do you worry about what’s the best way to present your Awards of Excellence submission to our judges? Well, there’s no need to – our judges are here to offer a few words of advice. VRCA hosted an Awards of Excellence information session on March 7 featuring awards chair Tony Everett and awards [...]

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 [...]

30 01, 2018

Amazing Brentwood Update

By |January 30th, 2018|Member News, Member Project Showcase, Membership|

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 [...]

15 01, 2018

Westbank’s Kensington Gardens

By |January 15th, 2018|Member News, Member Project Showcase, Membership|

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 [...]

22 12, 2017

Industry Consultation, Public Opinion and Credible Policy Making

By |December 22nd, 2017|Advocacy|

Industry Consultation and Public Opinion Trust is the foundational ingredient upon which the sustainability and legitimacy of political systems are constructed. Shifting paradigms of public sector management are promoting an emphasis on accountability. Organizations and individuals depend on and expect credible policy-making. Industry consultation and public opinion can have various effects on how policy [...]

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, [...]

4 12, 2017

Print Member Directory Now Available

By |December 4th, 2017|Member News, Membership|

In collaboration with our media partner, Construction Business Magazine, we have developed VRCA’s brand new print 2017/18 Member Directory! Please take a moment to check out: The category-specific member listing The suite of member benefits that you can access as a member of VRCA, including the ability to influence provincial and national industry conversations [...]

30 11, 2017

Advocacy Series – Communication and Collaboration

By |November 30th, 2017|Advocacy, In The News|

Infrastructure Masterclass The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw The word communication comes from the Latin word "communis", which means common. When we communicate, we are trying to establish “commonness”, share information, an idea, or an attitude among the team involved in that [...]