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Thursday
December 14, 2006

December Evening Reception For Members and Guests

Ken Dobell : Vancouver & BC on the World Stage: Initiatives and Achievements

The Directors of the BC Construction Roundtable would like to invite you and guest to join them at the festive year end reception. Our guest speaker will be Ken Dobell who will launch us into 2007 with an update on several major projects garnering attention for Vancouver and British Columbia.

Ken Dobell was appointed Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary, Office of the Premier in 2001. He served in that role until 2005. Prior to this Mr. Dobell was City Manager for the City of Vancouver for eight years and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Transit Authority for two years. Mr. Dobell is chair of the Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project, and is a director of VANOC, 2010 Legacies Now Society and the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

With his current involvement in a wide variety of initiatives ranging from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to the Convention Centre and from the creation of a Cultural Precinct to the challenge of addressing the homeless situation, Ken Dobell will have many interesting facts to share.

The reception will be held at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, 2100 - 1075 West Georgia, Vancouver


Thursday
November 23, 2006

Olympic Construction - On Budget and On Time

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The venue plan for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games features two clusters. Ice event competitions will be staged in the Vancouver area. The snow and sliding sports will take place in Whistler. Drawing on new and existing facilities, the goal is to create spectacular theatres for sport that provide top conditions for athletes, a welcome place for spectators and post-Games community legacies.

Dan Doyle, VANOC's executive vice president of construction, is responsible for the $580 million development and construction of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues. He will present an overview of progress to date and the steps VANOC is taking to achieve its goal of delivering the venues early to maximize athlete training and venue-testing opportunities.


Thursday
October 19, 2006

Up and Down and All Around the Town - Update on the Canada Line Project

The $1.9 billion Canada Line Rapid Transit Project is the largest Public Private Partnership in BC. It connects downtown Vancouver with Richmond and the Airport and is being partially financed, designed, constructed and maintained by SNC-Lavalin and its partners. The alignment, which is 19 km long, consists of an elevated and at-grade guideway, two bridges crossing the Fraser River, a cut and cover tunnel down Cambie Street and a bored tunnel under downtown Vancouver. There are sixteen stations, eight underground, six elevated and two at-grade.

Our speaker, Roger Woodhead, the Technical Director for the project, is responsible for overseeing all engineering and technical issues. He will discuss how the project has been organized to make the best use of local and international resources, how the many challenges are being resolved, the current status of construction and future opportunities for local industry.


Thursday
September 21, 2006

Golden Ears Bridge Project: Ensuring Delivery of a Signature Bridge and a Model Partnership

The Golden Ears Bridge has been planned to respond to the high population growth rate in the northeast sector of the region. TransLink entered into a single contract with the Golden Crossing General Partnership on March 3, 2006 to design, construct, finance, operate, maintain and rehabilitate the Golden Ears Bridge for a 35.5-year term. Based on the projected toll revenues and a redirection of the current Albion Ferry subsidy, the project is anticipated to achieve full recovery of its costs when the contract terminates 32 years after substantial completion.

Fred Cummings, TransLink's project director will provide a presentation that summarizes the need for the project, how the procurement process was designed, the teaming approach and bid strategy used by the winning team, and how the partnership has unfolded since financial close.

The Golden Ears Bridge is a unique project that relies on all parties to commit to partnering to ensure success.


Wednesday
July 5, 2006

Olympic Legacies for British Columbia - A View from Grouse Mountain

What will British Columbians inherit when the Olympic flame is extinguished? In addition to world class sports facilities, there is another program that will create lasting legacies for the citizens of British Columbia.

Marion Lay is the President of 2010 Legacies Now, a not-for-profit society that works in partnership with community organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), the private sector and all levels of government to develop sustainable legacies in sport & recreation, arts, literacy, and volunteerism.

Marion will share how 2010 Legacies Now is working with communities to help them discover and create unique and inclusive social and economic opportunities leading up to and beyond the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Join us on spectacular Grouse Mountain for this unique opportunity to hear Marion, a two-time Olympian and a member of the bronze medal 4 x 100m freestyle relay team at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, talk about this innovative program.


Thursday
June 22, 2006

How to increase productivity and lower costs using today's software solutions

In today's world of increasing labour shortages and spiraling costs you need to know how technology can help reduce costs and improve productivity. Come learn how BC companies with software solutions for the construction sector can help you. Today's presentations will come from three companies with their corporate headquarters and customer support services in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jeff Booth - Builddirect - Costco on-line for construction materials. Founded in 1999, BuildDirect has quickly become the world's leading On-line wholesaler of building products. Utilizing proprietary Internet technology for volume global shipments, BuildDirect is a completely new sales channel for construction materials.

Neall Ryan - Condor Software - Rebar detailing for the Globe. Condor Rebar Consultants Inc. is a reinforcing bar detailing and consulting company with offices in North America and Europe and China providing a wide range of reinforcing-bar related estimating, detailing and construction site support services.

Dave Robertson - Infinite Source software - new approaches to knowledge and information management. Infinite Source focuses on companies whose workflow requires utilizing large format documents such as architectural and engineering drawings. The cost and time to produce, distribute and store paper is enormous. Digital information significantly reduces these costs. They provide their clients with tools to manage, distribute and archive information online.


Thursday
May 18, 2006

Half Day Seminar: Successfully Managing Projects in a Hot Market

BC's economy is currently operating at levels not seen in decades. In the run-up to 2010 and beyond, the demands on our industry are unprecedented -- extraordinary innovation is required in order to deliver the goods. Owners are wondering whether the cost pressures resulting from the present demand will price their projects out of the market -- are there new models that might mitigate this risk? The market for professional services is fiercely competitive -- how can those delivering projects secure the needed professionals to see their projects to completion? Contractors, subtrades and suppliers too are caught in the escalation squeeze of delivering hard-dollar projects when costs are rising -- what strategies are being deployed to address this challenge?


Thursday
April 27, 2006

An Update on Southeast False Creek and the Olympic Village

After nine years of public process, the Southeast False Creek sustainable development in Vancouver is underway. The plan is for 6 million square feet of development providing housing for 12,000 to 16,000 new residents by 2018. The development will include 26 acres of park, a community centre and non-motorized boating facility, an elementary school, three childcare facilities, an interfaith spiritual centre, and a housing mix with 20% affordable housing, up to 33% modest market housing, and the balance in market housing. Sustainability is a key component of this development, with the City setting a minimum LEED Silver benchmark while striving to achieve LEED Gold and Platinum on all its buildings. The community will also provide all its heat energy needs on site through waste sewer heat recovery, and will have a comprehensive rain water management and reuse plan. The first phase of the development will be used as the Olympic Village to provide accommodation and services for athletes and officials during the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. What will this development look like in 2010 and beyond?

Jody Andrews, the Project Manager for the Southeast False Creek and Olympic Village development, will provide an overview of the development and an update on the progress of Vancouver's Olympic Village, including site preparation, design, and construction insights.

For more information, visit: http://vancouver.ca/olympicvillage


Tuesday
March 28, 2006

Annual General Meeting Preparing for the World ó Lessons Learned in Torino

Guest Speaker: Mayor Sam Sullivan

When Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan received the Olympic flag on February 26th, the countdown to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games began. A quadriplegic since the age of 19, Mayor Sullivan was able to wave the Olympic flag using a specially designed addition to his wheelchair that held and supported the flag. Never in the history of the Olympic Games has a quadriplegic mayor represented a host city.

Sam Sullivan was elected Mayor in November 2005 after serving as a Vancouver City Councillor from 1993 to 2005. As an elected official, he has raised issues around accessibility and encouraged building a barrier-free city. In 2004, he was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada for his community work on behalf of people with significant disabilities.

Well designed and accessible venues, transportation systems and public spaces are integral to hosting successful games. Mayor Sullivan will talk about his experiences at the Torino Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games that will be of interest to people working in the construction industry.

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Thursday
February 23, 2006

Gateway Program Update - Making Connections

Mike Proudfoot, Executive Director of the BC MoT's Gateway Program, will provide Construction Roundtable members with an update on the status of this major road and bridge improvement program. Comprising the North Fraser Perimeter Road, including a new Pitt River Bridge and Mary Hill Interchange, South Fraser Perimeter Road, and Port Mann Bridge twinning/Highway 1 widening, this $3 billion program is the largest transportation initiative ever undertaken by the BC Ministry of Transportation. This initiative will address regional highway congestion while enabling our transportation industry to accommodate the substantial growth in goods movement currently occurring through the greater Vancouver gateway.

Mike brings over 30 years experience with the Ministry of Transportation to his role as Executive Director of the Gateway Program. Prior to his appointment to the Gateway Program, he served as Director, Design and Construction for the award-winning Lions Gate Bridge rehabilitation project. Previously, Mike held numerous positions with the Ministry including District Manager and Project Manager on construction and rehabilitation projects throughout BC. He has also been involved in joint committees with the BC Road Builders pertaining to road and bridge maintenance and has a proven track record in dealing with stakeholders and interest groups.


Thursday
January 26, 2006

Olympic Speed Skating Oval - Richmondís Olympic Legacy

The Richmond Oval will be home to long track speed skating during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The Oval is located on 32 acres of City-owned land along the banks of the Fraser River. For the Olympics, the Oval will house a 400-metre speed skating track and seat approximately 8,000. Post-Games, the Oval will become an international centre of excellence for sports and wellness. The Oval's flexible design will allow it to be used for a wide variety of different sport and community uses. The Oval project which includes a new waterfront plaza, park and parkade is budgeted for $178 million.

The Oval is now under construction. Site densification and compaction will continue until spring 2006. Building construction will begin in May 2006. The Richmond Oval is scheduled to open in summer 2008.

Greg Scott is Director of the City of Richmond's Major Projects Division. He is responsible for delivering Richmond's Speed Skating Oval. He is an effective multi-discipline team leader with expertise in managing complex projects from two perspectives; the owner and the consultant. He has 17 years of expertise in providing solutions to clients with a primary focus on municipal infrastructure; sewage collection, transportation, stormwater collection and management, land development and the delivery of sustainable facilities.

For more information, visit: http://www.richmond.ca/discover/events/oval/oval.htm