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Learn about green building rating systems at new workshop

By |February 15th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Are you confused about the different green building rating systems? If so, please join us May 7 for a one-day workshop to learn more about these systems and the differences between them. From LEED to Living Buildings – An Overview of Green Building Rating Systems will walk you through a comparison of LEED, BuiltGreen, [...]

Thank you to REFBC from VRCA’s education department

By |February 11th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

We know that the construction industry is a clear contributor to our local, provincial and national economies. However, external forces such as changing societal demands and expectations (particularly around climate change), the increasingly globalized, competitive market and business environment, labour market challenges and advances in knowledge and technology are creating new pressures for construction [...]

Powerful new procurement and contracting tools from CCDC

By |February 4th, 2019|In The News|

With the release of two documents from the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) on Feb. 4, owners and consultants in the Canadian construction industry are gaining powerful tools to create procurement and contracting documents for their projects. CCDC 23 - A Guide for Calling Bids and Awarding Construction Contracts is a guide to procuring [...]

B.C.’s construction industry needs an additional 14,600 workers by 2021

By |February 4th, 2019|In The News|

British Columbia’s construction and maintenance industry will need to attract an additional 14,600 workers to meet peak labour demands in 2021, according to the latest labour market forecast released Jan. 31 by BuildForce Canada. BuildForce Canada’s 2019–2028 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward provincial forecast report shows the B.C. construction and maintenance industry will be [...]

Construction Contract Administration Course at VRCA

By |February 4th, 2019|Events|

VRCA is pleased to share course information for an event that will be hosted by Construction Specifications Canada (CSC). A five-day workshop called Construction Contract Administration will be held at VRCA’s office Feb. 11 - 15. Contract administration involves making decisions to enable completion of a project as required by its contract documents (including [...]

ETRO Construction: Advancing the industry through development and technology

By |January 28th, 2019|Membership, On Site with Olivia|

2018 was a significant year for ETRO Construction and its founder, Mike Maierle. Among the industry accolades they received, ETRO and Maierle were winners at the 2018 VRCA Awards of Excellence, and Maierle was also named to Business in Vancouver’s annual Forty under 40 list. These successes are a forward move from where Maierle [...]

Sponsorship opportunities available for Construction Leadership Forum

By |January 28th, 2019|In The News|

If you want to position your brand alongside a leading educational event and help build tomorrow’s construction leaders, sponsoring the 2019 Construction Leadership Forum is the way to do it. Designed for middle managers, the conference will address current issues, trends, best practices and will equip delegates with tools to become well-rounded industry leaders. [...]

Update on VRCA Education Committee

By |January 28th, 2019|Education|

The VRCA Education Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers who feel passionate about advocating for careers in the construction trades. The current committee is made up of the following members: • Kristi Seddon, Ledcor (Chair) • Niko De Mare, Graham (Co-Chair) • Ronan Deane, Graham (Past Chair) • Faith Dempster, Skilled Trades Employment [...]

VRCA Divisional Council election results

By |January 21st, 2019|General Contractors, Manufacturers & Suppliers, Membership, Trade Contractors|

We’re pleased to announce the results of VRCA’s Divisional Council elections held Jan. 16. With only two candidates running for three positions in the General Contractors Divisional Council, both Jonathan Boyce (Ledcor Construction Limited) and Richard Shipway (Etro Construction Ltd.) were acclaimed for one-year terms. No candidates stood for nomination in the Trade Contractors [...]

Mental Health & the Construction Industry event rescheduled to Feb. 6

By |January 21st, 2019|Events|

The Mental Health & Construction Industry seminar originally scheduled for Jan. 30 has been moved to Feb. 6 due a scheduling conflict. The updated event details are: Date: Wednesday, Feb. 6 Location: Trev Deeley Motorcycles Time: 6:45 a.m. - Registration opens 7 a.m. - Breakfast buffet is served 7:30 a.m. - First of two [...]

Vancouver Warriors offer ticket discounts to VRCA members

By |January 21st, 2019|Member Deals, Membership|

The National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Warriors are offering VRCA members discounted game tickets during the team’s inaugural season at Rogers Arena. Tickets starting at just $13.80 in the Lower Bowl. VRCA members will save roughly 30 per cent off regular ticket prices. As an added bonus, everyone who purchases tickets before April 23 using the [...]

New LEED courses now open for registration

By |January 18th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

VRCA is excited to announce two new half-day workshops that will allow participants to gain LEED expertise and learn best practices. The first new workshop is scheduled for April 18 and is called LEED: Indoor Air Quality Management & Erosion and Sediment Control. Attendees will learn the key components for both of these topics in this [...]

Have you seen the resources on VRCA’s website to help members get relief from steel import tariffs?

By |January 14th, 2019|Advocacy|

VRCA member companies can apply for targeted relief from Canadian tariffs on certain imports from both U.S. and non-U.S. sources using links found on VRCA’s website. On Dec. 19, the Government of Canada announced targeted surtax relief on imports of steel and aluminum products for specific companies facing particular circumstances, such as contractual obligations, and [...]

New business management courses added to VRCA professional development offerings

By |January 14th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Business development skills were one of the most in-demand topics identified in VRCA’s recent education needs assessment. In response to this, VRCA will be adding two new courses to its education calendar that will help you to grow or enhance your business. Responding Successfully to a Request for Proposal is a two-day workshop scheduled [...]

Evolving Education: Think outside the site

By |January 14th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

In an effort to enhance industry knowledge surrounding the benefits of prefabrication, VRCA is adding a new course to its education calendar called Think Outside the Site: Making Prefabrication Work for Your Project. This half-day workshop on May 9 will discuss the existing options for increasing the amount of prefabrication done on projects. Using [...]