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New framework ties major projects to benefits for workers and communities

By |July 16th, 2018|In The News|

A new agreement for key public-sector infrastructure projects in B.C. announced today promises to deliver good-paying jobs, better training and apprenticeships, and more trades opportunities for Indigenous peoples, women and youth around the province. “British Columbians rightfully expect B.C. projects to benefit B.C. workers, families and communities. Our new Community Benefits Agreement will help [...]

Looking back as the Awards of Excellence turns 30

By |July 16th, 2018|In The News|

This year marks the 30th anniversary of VRCA’s Awards of Excellence, and as we get ready for another stellar event, we want to take a look back at the Outstanding Achievement Award winners from last year, starting with our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Dolphe Hoffman. Hoffman was born in a village near Graz, [...]

Outstanding Achievement Awards nominations due Aug. 10

By |July 16th, 2018|In The News|

Do you know a VRCA member or individual who has made a significant contribution to the industry? If so, consider nominating them for one of our 2018 Awards of Excellence Outstanding Achievement Awards! Awards are available in the following categories: Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation Award Education Leadership Award Innovation & Productivity Award [...]

Pitt Meadows Plumbing prepares to celebrate anniversary

By |July 16th, 2018|Member News, Member Project Showcase, Membership, 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 [...]

Constuction in Vancouver – July Edition

By |July 16th, 2018|Construction In Vancouver|

The latest edition of Construction in Vancouver produced in collaboration with Business in Vancouver has been released.  Articles include: Design: Industry prepares for zero emissions building Standards: Zero-emissions building support available List: Construction companies in B.C. Resources: Zero Emissions Building Exchange opens Cash flow: How can B.C. tackle the late-payment epidemic? Standards: ZEBx and [...]

BC announces new procurement strategy

By |July 9th, 2018|Advocacy, In The News|

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 [...]

Presentations to AOE judges end after five weeks

By |July 9th, 2018|Awards of Excellence, Events|

It’s taken the judges working nearly full-time hours for the past five weeks, but they can now say they’ve reviewed all the nominee presentations for the 2018 Awards of Excellence. Now in it’s 30th year, the 2018 Awards of Excellence is the largest yet. This year’s awards attracted a record-number of project nominations – [...]

CDBI creates guide for the transportation and infrastructure sector

By |July 6th, 2018|Membership, VRCA Store|

The Canadian Design Build Institute (CDBI) Trade Contractors committee has developed a new guide for the transportation and infrastructure sector that is now available in the VRCA store. The transportation sector brings together a number of professional design and construction disciplines in various fields of expertise such as transit, roads, rail, tunnels, bridges, highways, [...]

Discover how you measure up with BuildForce performance benchmarking self-assessment tool

By |June 29th, 2018|BuildForce|

BuildForce Canada has produced a free Performance Benchmarking Self-Assessment Tool designed to assist construction and maintenance employers measure their organization against a specific set of recognized best practices. In addition, you will be able to compare your organization's efforts against other construction and maintenance employers. From the results of the self-assessment tool you will [...]

VRCA member BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd. raises money for Kids Help Phone

By |June 27th, 2018|Member News, Membership|

Congratulations to VRCA member BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd.'s construction team, which raised more than $14,000 in support of Kids Help Phone at its inaugural Dinner Dance Fundraiser held at Federico’s Supper Club on May 25. The event had more than 100 guests in attendance and was a great success. The cheque presentation photo [...]

U40 Network supports KidStart at the annual BBQ & Baseball at the Nat event

By |June 25th, 2018|Giving Back, U40|

The sold out U40 BBQ & Baseball night at Nat Bailey Stadium, sponsored by Division 15 Mechanical, was a great opportunity for young construction professionals to enjoy a night out together while supporting a local team. Baseball is one of the greatest sports to bring people together, and the event on June 21 was a [...]

Trinity Western University opts for modular construction to expand student housing stock

By |June 22nd, 2018|Member News, Member Project Showcase, Membership|

Trinity Western University (TWU) has landed on modular construction as the preferred solution for its new on-campus student housing. Metric Modular is now installing 90 building modules on the TWU campus that, when complete, will be Canada’s first five-storey volumetric building. Students will be able to move into the 220-bed student residence no later [...]

Government of Canada announces climate lens for infrastructure

By |June 21st, 2018|In The News|

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced a new step to ensure that infrastructure investments take into account the impact of projects on the environment during the planning and design stages. As part of the Investing in Canada plan, applicants seeking federal funding for new major public infrastructure projects will now be asked [...]

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 [...]

YVR breaks ground on multi-year, $9.1b expansion projects

By |June 14th, 2018|General Contractors, In The News, Member News, Member Project Showcase, Trade Contractors|

Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) broke ground on a number of capital construction projects to enhance the airport experience and improve YVR’s competitive position as a world-class connecting hub. The projects are part of YVR’s multi-year expansion plans that will see the airport complete 75 major projects, totaling $9.1 billion over the next 20 [...]

New program preparing students for cleantech sector to begin fall 2019

By |June 11th, 2018|Education, In The News|

Via Simon Fraser University Communications - News Release A new Simon Fraser University applied sciences program designed to prepare students for the burgeoning cleantech energy sector has been approved and will be offered at the university’s newest building, currently under construction in Surrey. The Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) program, the first of its kind [...]