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Evolving Education: Introducing four new courses

By |September 17th, 2018|In The News|

VRCA is launching a new, regular feature titled Evolving Education that is designed to keep members informed about new training and course offerings. In its first Evolving Education story, VRCA  is pleased to announce four new courses. Up first is a new course titled Effective Planning for Foremen. This course focuses on providing a [...]

Exciting Updates to VRCA’s Education Program

By |September 17th, 2018|In The News|

There are some exciting changes happening in the VRCA’s education department. As you may be aware, VRCA received a generous grant from the Real Estate Foundation of BC to perform an industry-wide study on current and future trends in construction education. RDH Building Science was contracted to perform this study, and the results will [...]

High Density Passive House Seminar

By |September 10th, 2018|In The News|

On September 19, ZEBx, in partnership with Passive House Canada and the City of Vancouver, will host the High Density Passive House Seminar to explore the successes, barriers and solutions of building Vancouver's first two multi-unit residential Passive House buildings - The Brixton Flats and The Heights. Conceptualized by different designers, these buildings boast [...]

School will soon be in session at SFU’s newest building

By |September 10th, 2018|Membership, On Site with Olivia|

On Site with Olivia had the unique chance, through long-time member Bird Construction, to take a look at behind the scenes of one of Surrey’s growing areas, Surrey’s City Centre. Things have been moving quickly with Bird Constructions’ staff at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering Program (SE3P) building at [...]

CCA deeply concerned proposed steel quotas and tariffs will increase construction cost

By |September 6th, 2018|In The News|

In response to concerns from Canadian steel manufacturers that the Canadian steel market will be flooded with cheap steel from countries other than the U.S. as a result of the tariffs, the Canadian government is considering using quotas and tariffs to protect the Canadian steel market. Facing ‘unprecedented threat’, steelmakers are pushing Ottawa for [...]

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 [...]

Education Survey draws more than 150 responses

By |August 31st, 2018|In The News|

Back in July, VRCA President Fiona Fiona emailed our members asking help in identifying education priorities. Thanks to you, more than 150 replies were received in the needs assessment survey! Everyone who completed the survey had an opportunity to enter a draw for a ticket to the 2019 Construction Leadership Forum at the Fairmont [...]

Province updates BC Building Code

By |August 27th, 2018|BC Building Code|

The Province of British Columbia has adopted the 2018 edition of the British Columbia Building Code, including Book II Plumbing Services (BC Building and Plumbing Code). The new BC Building and Plumbing Code will be effective December 10, 2018 and will apply to building permits applied for on or after that date. The BC [...]

Helping those affected by BC Fires

By |August 23rd, 2018|Giving Back, In The News|

The B.C. government has called a province-wide state of emergency in response to the hundreds of fires currently burning around the province. Evacuation orders have been issued, leaving many people in need of urgent assistance. The Vancouver Regional Construction Association and BC Construction Association are coming together in support of the communities being ravaged by [...]

BCCA launches letter campaign to fight Community Benefits Agreement

By |August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Community Benefits Agreement, In The News|

The BC Construction Association (BCCA), on behalf of the four regional construction associations, has launched a letter-writing campaign against the Community Benefits Agreement for key infrastructure projects in B.C. Trades people and owners of construction companies are encouraged to sign a pre-drafted letter that will be sent to B.C. Premier John Horgan explaining why [...]

Taranis Construction shifts thinking from residential to industrial construction

By |August 3rd, 2018|Member Project Showcase, Membership, On Site with Olivia, Trade Contractors|

Every once in a while, a project comes up that is a little outside the normal grid. Hudson Plating & Coating’s Delta facility is such a project within the construction industry. In a time where steel is becoming a hot commodity, Hudson Plating & Coating, which has been around since 1948, is making a [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]