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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 [...]

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 [...]

Axiom-built Audain Art Museum receives 2018 RIBA Awards for International Excellence

By |May 14th, 2018|Construction In Vancouver, In The News, Member News, Membership|

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 [...]

Contractors required to report waste generation and diversion for health care projects

By |April 29th, 2018|In The News|

Lower Mainland Facilities Management (LMFM) is now requiring contractors to report out on waste generated and diverted for all LMFM projects greater than $150,000 to ensure the Lower Mainland health authorities and organizations are aligned with Metro Vancouver’s waste diversion mandate and can reach its own 2020 GreenCare target of 80 per cent. Why [...]

Municipalities now referencing BC Energy Step Code

By |April 29th, 2018|Step Code|

Four BC municipalities have established or ratified a bylaw, policy or program that references the BC Energy Step Code, and an additional 21 have started the required consultations. The BC Energy Step Code is a provincial standard enacted in April 2017 that provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that [...]

Day of Mourning

By |April 23rd, 2018|Occupational Health & Safety|

April 28 has been designated the national Day of Mourning, a time when we come together to remember those who have lost their lives due to work-related incidents or occupational diseases. Last year, 158 workers from a variety of industries died as a result of their work. Sadly, in a recent three-week period alone, [...]

Take our member survey and win!

By |April 19th, 2018|In The News|

Do you want to win a spot in VRCA’s 2018 golf tournament on June 1 at Northview Golf & Country Club? All you have to do is complete the annual VRCA membership survey for your chance to win a spot on VRCA President Fiona Famulak’s foursome. The prize, valued at $235, includes your tournament [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Whitecaps holding Construction Night April 13

By |March 26th, 2018|Member Deals, Member News, Membership|

The Vancouver Whitecaps are offering VRCA members discounted game tickets to celebrate Construction Month. VRCA members can purchase specially priced tickets for the ’Caps Construction Night on April 13 when Vancouver hosts Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). VRCA members will save roughly 45 per cent off regular ticket prices. And there’s no restriction on [...]

WorkSafeBC warns about risk of pentane gas fires and explosions

By |March 26th, 2018|In The News, Occupational Health & Safety|

WorkSafeBC recently published a new safety bulletin about reducing the risk of pentane gas fires and explosions. Expanded polystyrene is a synthetic foam material that has a wide range of uses in many industries. Applications include: insulation in buildings (especially cold storage buildings); piping; concrete formwork; wine tanks; wharf and float manufacturing; and applications [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act Reform

By |February 23rd, 2018|In The News|

The Time is Now to Champion Prompt Payment for Our Industry Timely cash flow throughout the construction payment chain is fundamental to a healthy construction industry. Delay in payment anywhere in the supply chain reduces profit, restricts innovation and investment in plant, machinery and people. It also increases the cost to finance company operations [...]