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VRCA is now an AGC testing centre

By |July 29th, 2019|Education|

VRCA has recently become qualified to host the Association of General Contractors (AGC) CM-Lean Exam. Lean construction is based on the pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project. If you have completed the seven mandatory lean courses, you are eligible to register to take the exam [...]

Wylie-Crump Limited supports youth in the community

By |July 19th, 2019|In The News, Member News, Membership|

The Wylie-Crump Limited team held their annual Kids Help Phone Dinner Dance this past May, where they raised over $17k in one night with the help and generosity of their clients, colleagues and close friends. This money went to a well-deserving cause which provides Canadian kids and youth with 24/7 professional counselling support through [...]

VRCA launches new Infrastructure Series

By |June 10th, 2019|Events, Membership|

The Lower Mainland is on the verge of a construction boom that will see the upgrade and replacement of major transportation infrastructure including bridges, tunnels and rapid transit; hospitals; Kindergarten-Grade 12 schools; port facilities; and 75 major projects at YVR over the next 20 years. VRCA is therefore partnering with the region’s largest procurers [...]

VRCA’s U40 Network tours Surrey’s Clayton Community Centre construction site

By |June 3rd, 2019|Events, Member Project Showcase, Membership, U40|

Last Thursday, VRCA's U40 Network held a construction site tour at Clayton Community Centre. The Centre is designed to achieve Passive House certification, putting it on track to be the first community centre to achieve Passive House in North America and Canada’s largest Passive House facility to date. Designed as a futuristic community space, [...]

VRCA Education Needs Assessment: Mid-year update

By |May 27th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

We’re nearly halfway through 2019, and it’s time to reflect on the changes made to our educational courses following the completion of last year’s Education Needs Assessment. In 2017, VRCA applied for a grant from the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) in order to fund an industry-wide study to identify unmet education needs. [...]

The 36th Annual Women of Distinction Awards

By |May 17th, 2019|In The News|

On May 13, over 1,300 guests and volunteers gathered at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver to honour and celebrate the sixty-two 2019 Women of Distinction Awards nominees and four outstanding organizations, each nominated for their achievements and service to their organizations and communities. VRCA president, Fiona Famulak, was 1 of 9 women nominated in [...]

Maierle, Everett receive BCCA Construction Leadership Awards

By |April 18th, 2019|In The News|

Mike Maierle and Tony Everett have been recognized for their exceptional achievements in the construction industry as part of Construction Month in B.C., receiving 2019 Construction Leadership Awards presented by the BC Construction Association earlier this month. Maierle received his award April 9, while Everett was honoured April 15 at a Construction Month Breakfast [...]

VRCA hosts Construction Month breakfast to celebrate members

By |April 18th, 2019|Events, In The News|

April is Construction Month in B.C., and the Vancouver Regional Construction Association celebrated its members by hosting a breakfast on April 15. “Construction Month celebrates the almost 250,000 men and women who work in our industry to build the state-of-the-art infrastructure and buildings in our communities throughout B.C.,” said VRCA President Fiona Famulak. The [...]

VRCA launches 90th anniversary celebration

By |April 18th, 2019|In The News|

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association has a rich history dating back to 1929, making 2019 its 90th anniversary! From now through the 2020 Annual General Meeting, we will celebrate the history of the association by introducing elements of our anniversary celebrations to a number of events, starting with the annual golf tournament June 7. [...]

VRCA welcomes trade tribunal’s recommendation to end safeguards on five of seven types of steel

By |April 15th, 2019|Advocacy, In The News|

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) joins the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in welcoming the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) recommendations to terminate preliminary safeguards imposed on five of seven categories of steel products. “We’re pleased that CITT is recommending an end to safeguards on five categories of steel products,” said Fiona Famulak, VRCA [...]

3 Civic Plaza becomes tallest building in Surrey

By |April 5th, 2019|Membership, On Site with VRCA|

Surrey’s 3 Civic Plaza earned its share of accolades at VRCA’s 2018 Awards of Excellence. The unique guitar-pick-shaped windows featured in the building are a defining quality that helped Starline Windows take home the Trade Contractors - Over $7 Million (Director’s Trade Award) distinction. The structure also nabbed ITC Construction Group (ITC) a Silver [...]

PrivacyRight: online privacy education for B.C. businesses

By |March 25th, 2019|In The News|

B.C. businesses looking to understand their obligations around protecting individual privacy will want to check out a new program developed by the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for B.C. PrivacyRight offers a variety of free online tools such as videos, webinars and podcasts about B.C.’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). These tools [...]

VRCA launches skilled labour shortage advocacy page

By |March 18th, 2019|In The News|

Our members have told us that the skilled labour shortage is the No. 1 issue that keeps them awake at night. With the most-recent BuildForce Canada forecast suggesting the Lower Mainland will experience a skilled labour shortage of approximately 12,100 positions over the next three years, we understand our members’ concern. For that reason, [...]

Book today to advertise in the April edition of Construction in Vancouver

By |March 18th, 2019|In The News|

VRCA partners with Business in Vancouver Media Group to produce a quarterly supplement to its weekly Business in Vancouver newspaper called Construction in Vancouver. The supplement allows VRCA to feature thought leaders, showcase construction innovation and share industry best practices. With a reach of more than 153,000 readers, the publication is an effective way [...]

YWCA Metro Vancouver announces nominees for 2019 Women of Distinction Awards

By |March 11th, 2019|Corporate Social Responsibility, Giving Back, In The News|

On March 7 YWCA Metro Vancouver announced 66 nominees in 11 categories for its 2019 Women of Distinction Awards. The Awards honour individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our communities. Congratulations to the 2019 YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards nominees that include our president, Fiona [...]

B.C. construction industry introduces worksite conduct standards to improve worker retention

By |March 11th, 2019|In The News|

The Province of B.C. and the BC Construction Association (BCCA) marked International Women’s Day on March 8 with the launch of the Builders Code, a comprehensive program that aims to address B.C.’s skilled labour shortage by reducing harassment, bullying and hazing on construction worksites. The Builders Code defines an acceptable worksite and provides employers [...]