December 13, 2001
Ride the Rails!
The first phase of the Millenium Line is scheduled to open in December, 2001.
Ron Aitken, Director of Project Management for Bombardier Inc. - Transit Systems, will talk about the new SkyTrain line and the new vehicles which have been built at the Centre for Advanced Transportation Systems (CATS) in Burnaby. He will also speak about what Bombardier is planning for the future in BC.
As an engineer, project manager and project director, Mr. Aitken has accumulated over 20 years of experience in progressively increasing responsibility with Bombardier Transit Systems. He has been a major player in most of Bombardier's largest, most complex automated (driverless) systems and turnkey projects.
Prior to joining Bombardier he worked for UTDC Inc. in Kingston, Ontario on various transit projects. Mr. Aitken is also the co-inventor of the Ronlol direct fixation rail fastener.
November 22, 2001
Public-Private Partnerships and the BC Infrastructure Agenda
On November 22, the BC Construction Roundtable organized an informative and instructive seminar especially relevant to these times - Public-Private Partnerships in Meeting Infrastructure Needs.
The seminar's objectives were:
To provide value to industry by:
- P3 education: recent varied applications; do's and don'ts
- Providing an opportunity for government agenda with respect to P3's
- Gaining profile for BCCR to lead public discussion on P3's
October 18, 2001
Fear of Flying - Designing Safer Airports
The tragic events of September 11 have put a major focus on airport security and strategies for improving public safety and security at airports around the world. Stanis Smith, President and CEO of Vancouver's Architectura and Director, Airports Council International will tell us how these events and new regulations will impact airport design.
Architectura's airport experience extends to over 30 airports around the world including Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Heathrow, Chicago O'Hare & Midway, Detroit, Jamaica, Bermuda, etc. This 100-person Vancouver firm also specializes in commercial and community projects, educational facilities and retail store design. Architectura offers architectural, interior, planning and graphic design services to a broad base of local and international clients.
September 27, 2001
I've Looked at the Lions From Both Sides Now
The Lions Gate Bridge project is nearing completion and the users will soon enjoy the benefit of wider vehicle lanes and a safer pedestrian and cyclist route.
The upgrading of the bridge involved the replacement of 54 new panels of roadway changed one at a time during off-peak periods. The technical challenges for the engineers, fabricators and erector working on this unique repair job were enormous.
Gordon Ward Hall P. Eng., retired Group Vice President of Canron Construction Corp. will share his knowledge of the planning and techniques involved in the fabrication and erection of the bridge panels. During his career in key positions with Canron and Dominion Bridge Gordon has been involved as fabricator and erector of many bridge projects throughout the continent including The Alex Fraser Crossing and Mission Bridge in the lower mainland. Gordon now has his own consulting company that allows him to share his vast experience with the industry.
August 23, 2001
August Social - A Night at the Theatre : Tony n' Tina's Wedding
The Directors of the BC Construction Roundtable would like to invite you to a summer wedding - Hoarse Raven Theatre's small hit comedy Tony n' Tina's Wedding.
The Wedding begins with a traditional, but hilarious wedding ceremony at St. Andrew's Wesley Church. At the church, audience members, who are greeted as wedding guests, will meet all the show's colourful characters: the feuding families of contractors Nunzio and Bitale, the best friends of the bride and groom, the charismatic Minister and the brooding ex-boyfriend.
After the ceremony, the wedding guests and wedding party move next door to the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa for the Wedding Reception. This evening of celebration includes dancing, singing, a Vegas-style lounge act and, of course, a sumptuous Italian dinner. At the reception, wedding guests get a chance to mingle with cast members. Some wedding guests get drawn into lovers' quarrels, family disagreements and the odd arranged marriage.
The producers of the show advise audience members to keep their eyes and ears open at all times; they guarantee this is one wedding where anything can happen.
What the Critics have said . . .
"The more you play, the more fun you have!"
"A wedding like no other we've attended"
June 28, 2001
Neural Network! - The Lower Mainland's hi-tech spine!
No it's not a fibre optic cable, it's the Tech-Corridor along the Millennium Rapid Transit Line.
This half-day seminar will feature speakers from municipalities and the industry who are developing projects to attract tech companies. From the urban experience of living and working in the Vancouver Flats, the suburban experience of biking or walking through the Lake City campus or working in a turn of the century brick warehouse in New Westminster, this old industrial corridor, catalyzed by Rapid Transit, is about to transform into one of the most attractive, most diverse tech assembly in North America. Rich with power supply, adjacent to a mix of affordable housing, nearby significant post secondary educational institutions and easy to get to by bike, foot, car, bus or elevated light rail, the ingredients are all here for success for a regional initiative.
The program included the following topics and speakers:
George Hunter of the BC Technology Industry Association gave an Overview of the Corridor
Architects Alan Hart and Graham McGarva spoke on the New Industries Corridor
Ian Smith, a senior planner with the City of Vancouver and Bob Laurie of Finning Lands talked about the planning and development of the False Creek Flats
Jack Belhouse, City of Burnaby, and Alan Witchelo of Bentall Developments talked about the New Industry at Lake City
Mary Pynenberg with the City of New Westminster spoke on the tech industry in this city
Jhon Hougan and Jorg Stangl talked about Supplying Power to the corridor
May 31, 2001
"What is that dreadful sucking sound???"
It's your energy dollars going down the drain as costs go through the roof!
There has to be a better solution - solar, wind, photovoltaics, geo-thermal? Perhaps, but these might be too exotic. There are intelligent solutions available now for us to make better use of the energy in our built environment.
Douglas Spratt of Earth Tech will lay out the issues, the drivers, the alternatives, the responses and the incentive programs. Doug, a manager at Earth Tech, is just finishing up his MBA. His expertise in the energy field includes energy management, computerized control strategies and sustainable design. Doug is leading a district energy supply initiative for the company, and has a number of institutional clients.
Mario Seneviratne of Keen Engineering will discuss Keen's experiences with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) of the US Green Building Council which is the very likely standard that will be followed in BC. Mario has over 25 years of experience in design, construction and maintenance of commercial and industrial facilities. His work experience, primarily in North America and Asia, covers a wide range of projects within the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors.
April 19, 2001
Another "Thrilla" in Manila?
International Projects are usually thrilling and the Manila Light Rail Transit Project will be no exception. In September 2000, SNC-Lavalin signed a Joint Venture agreement with the Government of the Philippines to jointly develop a 12-km light rail transit system to serve the southern area of Metro Manila. This US$850 million project is being developed as a public/private partnership (P3) with SNC-Lavalin being responsible for financing, designing and constructing the works. Design work has already begun with revenue service scheduled to begin by 2004.
Our speaker, Robert (Bob) N. Tribe, is an Executive Vice-President of SNC-Lavalin and President of the Transportation Division. His past achievements include management of the Vancouver SkyTrain System, BC Transit's capital works projects and Project Director for the Kuala Lumpur LRT-2 System. Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating glimpse at how major international projects develop and find out if it can happen here.
March 29, 2001
Annual General Meeting - Trends in the B.C. Economy
Business in Vancouver Media Group president and editor-in-chief Peter Ladner will talk about how the BC economy is changing, based on insights from Business in Vancouver's coverage of the local business scene. Combining anecdotal information with measurable indicators, he'll pinpoint the bright spots and the prospects for improvement, along with some under-the-radar trends that will impact the BC economy and the Construction Industry over the next five years.
Peter Ladner is a co-founder and former publisher of the weekly newspaper Business in Vancouver, Greater Vancouver's leading source of local business news. The BIV Media Group also runs a website at www.businessinvancouver.com, publishes 12 annual directories, the Western Investor commercial real estate monthly, the Employment Paper weekly, and sells Contacts2000, a business leads database for Greater Vancouver. He has written extensively for various national and regional publications, been a regular guest on various TV and radio programs, and is a frequent speaker on BC business issues. He is a director of Leadership Vancouver, the UBC Alumni Association and the International Association of Area Business Publications.
February 22, 2001
Globalization: And the BC Construction Industry
The BC Construction Roundtable is hosting a true Roundtable interactive discussion for members and guests this month on the effect of Globalization on the operations of construction companies in BC
This session invites members to talk in an informal environment about the effects, direct and indirect, the subtle impacts, and the changes globalization has brought to the construction industry - from engineers to architects to owners. Talk about the adoption procedures of your company and whether competitive advantages are being obtained. Come and Participate.
January 18, 2001
Project Update: Port Moody-Coquitlam SkyTrain Line
The $730 million Port Moody-Coquitlam (PMC) SkyTrain line will link the current SkyTrain construction project at Lougheed Mall with Coquitlam Town Centre. The 11-km long section will contain five stations and consist of a tunnel and both at-grade and elevated guideway. Preliminary engineering is currently underway and is expected to be completed in early spring. The design and budget will then be submitted to Treasury Board. Once approved, construction could commence one year later. It will then take a further two to three years to complete the line.
Our speaker, Lecia Stewart, was appointed President and Project Director of Vancouver's SkyTrain rapid transit project in December 1997. The $1.2 billion dollar initiative is the largest infrastructure project in the history of the province with a mandate to double the size of Greater Vancouver's rapid transit network. Ms. Stewart has directed the strategic, business and implementation plans for the project. She has led a ground floor start-up of all financial, corporate and operational systems and has full responsibility for both the design and construction phases. In addition she has assembled and led a highly qualified and experienced team through a period of sweeping governance and political changes.
Ms Stewart will provide us with an update on the project and the business opportunities that are expected to become available to the construction industry.