December 11, 2000
Construction Industry Prosperity - The B.C. Liberal Perspective?
British Columbia, known for its natural beauty, abundant resources and temperate climate remains a very desirable place to live, however, numerous businesses which support the populous have opted to leave the province due to increasing challenges faced in obtaining reasonable returns on investment. The local design and construction industries are among those businesses that are struggling to maintain existence within a flat economy.
The BC Liberal Party is focussed on restoring hope and prosperity to British Columbia. They recognize that some of our optimism has been lost. Concerns regarding health care and education which are necessary to support our families are being addressed with sustainable plans, but what about attracting and maintaining businesses in B.C
Gary Farrell-Collins, MLA for Vancouver-Little Mountain is the Official Opposition House Leader and Critic for Finance. Previously he has served as critic for Social Services, Labour and Consumer Services, including WCB and Employment & Investment
In his address to the BC Construction Roundtable, Farrell-Collins will identify the economic restructuring initiatives proposed by the BC Liberal Party, in particular, those affecting the design and construction industries. Following the presentation, opportunity to exchange views and provide input for consideration directly to Farrell-Collins will be conducted in forum style.
November 23, 2000
Simon Fraser University: A Place to Live!
Simon Fraser University, through the Burnaby Mountain Community Corporation, is proposing a complete new community on approximately 200 acres of land surrounding the Burnaby Campus. When completed, this community will offer up to 4500 homes, along with new shops, services, schools, parks and other amenities. The university is committed to developing a more sustainable community, which will be integrated with the campus facilities.
Based on an official community plan and zoning bylaw approved in 1996, there is a development potential for up to 4.75 million square feet of residential and/or commercial development. This is in addition to potential university expansion of a further 2.75 million square feet.
Michael Geller is President of the Burnaby Mountain Community Corporation. Prior to joining the University last November, he was active in planning and property development throughout the lower mainland. Some of his notable projects include the redevelopment of the Westin Bayshore property, planning and approvals for the new community at Furry Creek, redevelopment of the BC Packers Lands in Steveston, Deering Island in Vancouver, and the failed Spetifore Lands proposal.
In his remarks, Geller will address the recent comments by Arthur Erickson, focusing on both the areas of agreement, and disagreement. Given the significant environmental challenges of building on a mountaintop, and the importance of SFU as an architectural landmark, this project is being watched by many!
October 19, 2000
Structuring for Success - Team Building for RFPs
The first half of this seminar held in May, outlined how to successfully respond to an RFP. This seminar is a response to our members' request for more information on building successful project teams.
Bring your colleagues to this informative session. It is an opportunity to learn from experts in this field and also from the experiences of your associates.
September 21, 2000
UBC Community Plan: A New Neighbourhood for an Old Institution
Start off the fall season by going back to school. Learn about the changes that are afoot at the University of British Columbia from Al Poettcker, the President and CEO of UBC Properties Trust.
The Official Community Plan (OCP) for UBC, prepared by the GVRD in consultation with UBC, was formally adopted in 1997. The growth strategy embodied in the GVRD's Livable Region Strategic Plan is the basis of the OCP. The OCP contains a land use plan, which establishes generalized land uses and densities. It includes policies and other criteria for new development in areas of the Campus, which are presently undeveloped. The OCP designates eight local areas for development, which comprise areas of significant non-institutional development and areas of some sensitivity.
The new Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) undertakes the planning of the eight local areas, concurrent with preparing servicing and other related strategies. Part of the plan involves the creation of a University Village which will include 9 million square feet of buildable area, 20% of which will be rental housing and the balance market housing. Up to 80% of the 6900 units will be built by the private sector.
Find out more about the planning for the design and construction of a new neighbourhood among the ivory towers and the opportunities this creates.
August 23, 2000
Water Views of Landed Projects: A Dinner Cruise Around Vancouver's New Neighbourhoods
Come on a cool cruise for a different perspective on three of the city's hot spots with members of the Roundtable. Find out -
- What is really taking place on the Lion's Gate Bridge?
- What Concord Pacific is planning for the balance of its property?
- What the City is planning for a sustainable community in South East False Creek?
Our tour leaders will include:
A representative from the Lion's Gate Bridge project who will talk about the work schedule for replacement of the 62 year old bridge's deck.
David Negrin VP of Development & Design for Concord Pacific will talk about the completion of Vancouver's most urban neighbourhood and answer questions on how the Brush with Illumination actually works.
Larry Beasley, Co-Director of Planning for Vancouver will tell us how the city is balancing the competing interests of South East False Creek. Will we really be getting an urban forest or a carless community?
Bring your partner, your friends and colleagues to the Roundtable's major social event of the year!
May 25, 2000
Successfully Navigating the Proposal Process
BCCR members surveyed overwhelmingly requested a seminar on the Proposal Process. As a response to this request we have brought together experts to discuss how to initiate an RFP, how to successfully respond to an RFP, how to evaluate a response to the RFP and the legal aspects/potential liability of an RFP.
As an interactive forum, we encourage questions and comments by our members and guests. This is an opportunity to learn from experts in this field and also by the experiences of your associates.
April 27, 2000
Construction Management: A new look at an old process
Construction Management, as a way of hiring a building contractor, has been around for a long time; perhaps it is more the traditional way that the client, the contractor and the designer worked together. In more recent times Government clients have tended to shy away from this method of procurement in favour of an overall low bid and stipulated sum contract. Recently however, BCBC has moved back to construction management as their preferred method of contracting for large projects. In this presentation our speaker will explain why we are doing this and what we perceive to be the benefits.
David Peter is a registered Architect and Director of Project Management at BC Buildings Corporation. He graduated from the University of Liverpool and worked in the U.K. on several University buildings before emigrating to Canada in 1974. He formed his own practice in Calgary in 1977 and ran a successful practice until 1986. He then worked with Alberta Public works as a Project Manager and moved to BCBC in 1989. With BCBC he is responsible for the design and construction of all major projects which, in the last few years have included the renovations to St Ann's academy in Victoria and the new North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Coquitlam.
March 22, 2000
Top Down Construction
Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire recently took a very unusual step for an engineering firm. They invited a builder to become a key part of their 116-person engineering staff. Chris Raftery is the firm's new "Director of Integrated Engineering". Industry trends predict a blurring of the lines between design and construction, and Chris will use his unique perspective to discuss successful strategies and methods. He will share his insights into why the merging of construction techniques with design techniques is critically important to the delivery of successful projects in the future. Using first-hand, real-life examples, Chris will offer tips, suggestions, and ideas towards a more successful and dynamic design and construction process. He will also be highlighting 'top down construction' which is a new construction method to reduce construction time by building high rise towers in both directions at the same time.
Skilling Ward Magnusson Berkshire is a Seattle based structural and civil engineering firm that has won several awards and has done over $25 billion (US) in projects.
February 17, 2000
Vancouver Port Authority - Plan for Expansion
Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) is proceeding with plans to build a new cruise berth at Canada Place in time for the 2003 cruise season. VPA will provide the $79 million in funding required for the project with support from the cruise industry. During the 2000 cruise season, the port expects to welcome more than one million revenue cruise passengers, an increase of 8.5% over last year.
Port Vancouver, which has a natural deep-water harbour, is the largest port in Canada and on the west coast of North America. A world class port with modern facilities, it is home to 20 major cargo terminals and other marine-related terminals. As Canada's principal gateway for trade with countries in the Asia Pacific region, the port is a major generator of jobs and value for the Canadian economy. It is estimated that the port generates some 17,300 jobs with about 10,700 in direct employment.
In March of 1999, the Canada Marine Act established a new environment and way of doing business for Canada's major ports. Now no longer a part of the Canada Ports Corporation, Port Vancouver has much greater autonomy and flexibility to operate according to business principles and to make investment decisions to the port's overall benefit.
Tim Glasheen is Director, Engineering and Maintenance for the Vancouver Port Authority and is responsible for the construction of the Canada Place cruise ship terminal expansion. Ann Barker, Project Manager for the Delta Port project, will address the Pod 3 expansion.
January 27, 2000
Surrey City Centre Development: Planning for the Future
Surrey is British Columbia's fastest growing community, but to date it has been unable to develop a viable city centre. The Surrey City Centre development is the result of a powerful partnership between the Province, the City of Surrey, the Technical University of British Columbia and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. The central concept of the first phase of this project is the integration of TechBC, Canada's newest public university, with a large new office complex and an existing regional shopping centre to create a dynamic city centre for Surrey. Through harnessing the energy of a major transportation node with significant new development, the next few years will see a lively city centre emerge in North Surrey.
Bing Thom is leading a team of consultants in the planning and development. Bing Thom Architects Inc. (BTA) has been helping developers, institutions, communities and individuals to successfully develop, advocate and realize their building aspirations since 1980. Clients' projects have been the recipient of prestigious design awards including the Governor General Medal and Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Architecture. The Canada Pavilion at Expo '92 in Seville, considered the most popular on the site, experienced lineups of up to seven hours and was the only international pavilion of 110 participants to be retained as a legacy building.
January 13, 2000
The Day the Earth Moved! Constructing for Earthquakes
There are a number of enduring lessons that are common to many of the most significant earthquakes that have affected urban areas in recent years. These lessons can be very valuable in helping us understand the nature of earthquakes and develop action plans to minimize the seismic risk of our existing infrastructure.
In our first event of 2000, Professor Carlos Ventura will discuss the lessons learned from earthquakes around the world during the last 50 years. The presentation will include a number of examples of how different construction systems behave during earthquakes and what can be done to improve the seismic resistance of those systems that are considered "bad performers" during severe earthquakes. A brief overview of new systems for seismic protection of existing construction will also be provided.
Dr. Ventura is a Civil Engineer with specializations in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. He has been a faculty member of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of BC since 1992. Currently, he is the director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility at UBC. His consulting work focused on vibration problems in structural engineering, and on earthquake damage and risk assessment in seismically active zones of the Pacific Rim.