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December 2, 2009

Behind the Scenes
December Festive Season Reception For Members and Guests

The Directors of the BC Construction Roundtable invite you and a guest to join them at the festive year end reception. As part of our series on The Vancouver Winter Olympics we are pleased to welcome Nancy Lee, Chief Operating Officer for Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver.

OBSV is a B.C. based subsidiary of the International Olympic Committee. OBSV produces the video and audio coverage for all Olympic sports, Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the medal presentations at the Vancouver 2010 Games. The unbiased footage is augmented by the international rights holding broadcasters which insert play-by-play commentators, studio hosts, network branding and then transmit the signals back to their home countries.

Over 100 international networks (encompassing radio, television and new media) will broadcast from the 2010 Games. And these networks employ over 5,000 people who will be coming to Vancouver to act as producers, technicians, and commentators for the 2010 Games coverage.

Nancy Lee will talk about the years of planning work leading up to the February 12th Opening Ceremonies as OBSV grows from a current staff of 100 to 2,200 during the Games. Prior to joining OBSV, Nancy was the Head of CBC Sports. Vancouver 2010 marks the 9th time Nancy will have worked at an Olympic Games.

The directors would like to thank all our loyal members and invite others to consider joining the organization in 2010. And a big thank you again to our reception sponsor.

November 19, 2009

Victoria Wastewater Treatment Project

The BC Ministry of Environment has placed a mandate on Victoria's Capital Regional District to plan and initiate secondary treatment for the region. A final plan must be in place by the end of 2009. The CRD is working toward providing cost effective, innovative and environmentally responsible wastewater treatment for its residents. The project will see upgrading of treatment practices in the Core Area (comprised of 7 municipalities) to account for the demands of increasing population. Considerations are taking place for presentative technologies that could be used, the number and size of plants, and the options for region-wide biosolids management and resource recovery.

Dwayne Kalynchuk is a Professional Engineer with over 27 years experience in local government. He has been a transportation consultant, a land developer in western Canada and has been General Manager of Environmental Services for the Capital Regional District in Victoria.

Currently Dwayne is Project Director for Core Area Wastewater Treatment, a project estimated at $1.0 billion and the largest of its kind in Canada.

In his presentation, Dwayne will discuss

  1. 1. Wastewater Treatment Strategy
  2. 2. Sustainability Initiatives
  3. 3. Procurement Review and Potential Construction Schedule

October 29, 2009

Management of Municipal Solid Waste in Metro Vancouver
Options for Management of Waste After Recycling

Metro Vancouver has outlined ambitious waste diversion initiatives in its Zero Waste Challenge - Goals, Strategies and Actions document. Even after these initiatives have been implemented, however, over one million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) will still require treatment and disposal. Metro Vancouver engaged a Study Team to examine the options available to deal with this MSW.

Our speaker, Konrad Fichtner, a member of the Study Team, will first discuss the three technologies that the team examined:

  1. Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) to stabilize waste before landfilling or to produce a refuse derived fuel for industrial use;
  2. Waste-to-energy (WTE) with energy recovery (electricity and heat); and
  3. Landfilling with landfill gas (LFG) utilization.

The team looked at a total of eight integrated waste management scenarios for Metro Vancouver - based on the above technologies and current practice - and Konrad will review the team's findings. Metro Vancouver recently presented these findings at its Regional Forums and the findings will be used when updating its solid waste management plan.

Konrad Fichtner is a senior engineer with over 25 years experience in managing complex environmental projects. His technical focus is on solid waste management, with a special emphasis on integrated waste planning. Mr. Fichtner is AECOM's Practice Lead, Waste Services, Environment. He has worked on waste management projects in Canada, USA, Germany, China, Thailand, India, Singapore and Indonesia.

October 15, 2009

Walking Tour of the Olympic Village

The 2010 Olympic Village will be closed off at the end of the month to prepare the site for the visiting athletes. This is your last chance to tour the site with Royer Bayley, a key consultant on the project. Roger has authored The Challenge Series which tells the story of Vancouver's Olympic Village at Southeast False Creek: Millennium Water. Roger will talk about the visioning, planning, design and construction processes as well as collaboration and sustainability innovations.

Our guide, Roger Bayley, is the Design Manager for Vancouver's 2010 Olympic Village development, Millennium Water. Roger prepared and wrote the original RFP submission for the Olympic Village on behalf of the developer, Millennium SEFC Properties Limited. Roger has also been instrumental in addressing the concerns and demands of the City of Vancouver Planning and Permitting team, the sustainability objectives, client coordination and requirements of The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee's 2010 'overlay' and operational program for the site that will see the housing of 2800 athletes for the 2010 games. Roger has managed and directed Merrick Architecture since its inception and provides project definition, value engineering, quality control, resource management and project scheduling to clients.

Thank you to our reception sponsor.

September 17, 2009

Pitt River Bridge

The Pitt River Bridge and Mary Hill Interchange is the first project to be constructed as a part of the Ministry of Transportation's ambitious Gateway Program. When the entire Gateway Program is complete, the Pitt River Bridge will provide a critical link in the North Fraser Perimeter Road and relieve a major choke point.

The scope of the project includes replacing the existing twin swing bridges that opened in 1956 and 1978 with a new cable-stayed bridge as well as building a new interchange between the Lougheed Highway and Mary Hill Bypass.

Our speaker is Project Manager Kevin Rozendaal. In his 14 year career with Kiewit Kevin has built some of the most technically challenging projects in North America. Prior to the Pitt River Project, he successfully managed Kiewit's design-build highway project on I-405 in Kirkland, Washington. His other work includes the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge, the 4-mile design-build tunnel in Whittier, Alaska, and gas turbine power plants in California, Alabama and Louisiana.

The BCCR directors look forward to welcoming everyone back for our fall session. Guests are welcome.

July 15, 2009

Ride the Line, Wine & Dine

The BCCR Board of Directors would like to take you for a ride! Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to join a private tour on the world class Canada Line. From Waterfront Station to YVR and back you will experience the views over the Fraser River and the sensation of travelling under False Creek. Afterwards you will dine at the waterfront at Vancouver's new West Convention Centre.

The $1.9 billion Canada Line Rapid Transit Project is the largest Public Private Partnership in BC and the largest infrastructure project in Canada. 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 18.5 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. The Project is currently on track to be completed ahead of schedule.

Our dinner speaker, Roger Woodhead, the Technical Director for the Canada Line, is responsible for overseeing all engineering and technical issues. He will discuss some of the more interesting aspects of the project and some of the challenges in managing a project of this size and complexity.

Thank you to BFL Canada for sponsoring the parking for the summer social at the Vancouver Convention Centre

June 26, 2009

How to Respond to the Changing Economy

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The economic downturn is only beginning. Banks have dealt with less than 20% of their toxic financial instruments, foreclosures in the US are expected to reach 10 million homes (triple the current level), and the commercial real estate meltdown is just beginning. The US economic crisis has been underway for almost 2 years and the rest of the world (including BC) is starting to feel the effects. The construction industry will have winners and losers, despite weak market conditions. Global infrastructure and stimulus spending, industry consolidation and the exodus of some industry players provides a unique and exciting opportunity for businesses to take advantage of the trends and significantly increase market share.


    Where We Are - the separation of finance from reality and how the local banking system has lost its way, taking everyone else with it.

    How We Got Here - a fast-paced ride through the political and regulatory roots of the mortgage crisis.

    What's Next - from the US middle-class squatters to Iceland, from social crises in Eastern Europe & China to volatility in foreign exchange - the global impact on local business.

    Strategies for Success - how to respond to RFPs and other ways to capture market share.


    David Podmore is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Concert Properties Ltd. Owned exclusively by Canadian union and management pension funds, Concert is an award-winning diversified real-estate enterprise involved in acquiring and developing industrial and commercial properties, rental housing, multi-family condominium housing, resort developments and seniors living communities in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. David will provide an insider's view of the situation.

    Stephanie Sharp has served as a lead financial advisor on over $10 billion worth of large financial transactions from RFP through contract negotiations. With her unique combination of investment banking, government and corporate experience, she is in demand providing workshops and seminars to corporations, associations and government to help them understand the crisis and restructure to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Stephanie's fast-paced entertaining style makes even the most complex technical information understandable.

May 21, 2009

Transport 2040 - Planning Metro Vancouver's Transportation Future

In addition to planning, financing and managing Metro Vancouver's major road network and transit system, TransLink has created a long-range plan that lays the foundation for transportation solutions over the next 30 years. Transport 2040 examines our region as a whole. It identifies today's challenges and forecasts how those challenges might look tomorrow. By outlining a number of goals and strategies, Transport 2040 is a guide to creating a more sustainable transportation system and continuing Metro Vancouver's standing as one of the most livable cities on the planet.

Tom Prendergast TransLink's Chief Executive Officer is an internationally respected transportation expert, having held leadership roles with some of the best-known public and private transportation and infrastructure agencies in the world. Prior to joining TransLink in July 2008, Tom was with the international consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, where he served as president of their Transit and Trail Systems subsidiary and became Director of Services, Americas, overseeing over 3,000 infrastructure projects in North and South America.

Join us to learn about Transport 2040 from one of the authors of the plan and where the opportunities will be for the construction industry.

April 16, 2009

Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 Project

Kiewit - Flatiron General Partnership has recently been selected as the design-build contractor for the $2.46 Billion Port Mann/Highway 1 Project which is the single largest transportation project ever undertaken in North America.

The Port Mann/Highway 1 Project includes the construction of a new 10-lane Port Mann Bridge, the widening of Highway 1, upgrading interchanges and improving access and safety from McGill Interchange in Vancouver to 216th Street in Langley - a distance of approximately 37 km.

In this session, Frank Margitan, the Project Director, will provide an overview of this large design-build transportation project; give an overview of the design-build organization; and discuss some of the technical and logistical challenges that will be encountered.

Frank Margitan is Vice President and Assistant District Manager for Kiewit's Western Canada District. He has over 32 years experience in the civil construction industry and has worked on numerous large engineering projects including highways, light rail transportation systems, dams, marine facilities and mine developments. Frank is responsible for directing the development and construction of large civil construction projects, such as the successful public-private-partnership, $600 million, Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project. Currently, Frank is the Project Director for the $2.4 billion Port Mann/Highway 1 Project and is responsible for the overall management of the design and construction of the project infrastructure.

March 11, 2009

Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project - A LEED Showpiece

Vancouver's astonishing new Convention Center Expansion is set to open to the public this spring. It sits on the best of sites on the downtown Vancouver waterfront. To the north are breathtaking views of Coal Harbor, Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. Across the street to the south is the city center. Directly to the west is the landmark Stanley Park. A 90 metre connector provides a covered walkway between the existing convention centre and the new facilities to form a new integrated convention and exhibition centre. The new plaza and walkways provide a smooth transition from new Canada Place Way elevated extension to Harbour Green Park. The Convention Centre will triple Vancouver's capacity for hosting conventions and allow Vancouver to compete as one of a limited number of centres worldwide capable of hosting major conventions.

This is your opportunity to participate in a walking tour before the building opens to the public. The guided tour will include a view of the plaza built on the 4.5 hectare site immediately west of Canada Place and the existing Vancouver Trade & Exhibition Centre, a visit to the 2.4 hectare 'living roof' featuring a range of native west coast plants and a walk through of the future 2010 Winter Olympics international broadcast and media centre. Learn about the many sustainability features of the Convention Centre, including the Centre's on-site blackwater treatment, the unique habitat skirt surrounding the Centre now successfully operating as a bio-engineered environment, the amazing showcasing of BC wood and much more.

Our guide is Dave Walker, project manager.

March 4, 2009

Annual General Meeting

Guest Speaker
Mayor Gregor Robertson

Building Vancouver: Creative
Collaboration & Green Growth

Just as the construction sector has played a key role in establishing the Vancouver Model for livable cities, our housing & development industries will drive new strategies for recovery and sustainable growth. Newly elected Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson believes collaboration between government and business to build affordable housing and develop new green engineering methods will be the hallmark of a Vancouver Model 2.0. The Mayor will talk about working together for creative, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible measures to spur economic activity in our city.

Gregor Robertson was elected Mayor of Vancouver in November 2008. Prior to entering politics, Gregor co-founded Happy Planet, and grew the Vancouver-based socially responsible company up to 50 employees in 10 years. For his achievements as a successful entrepreneur and community leader, Gregor was named one of Canada's "Top 40 under 40" by The Globe and Mail in 2004. In 2005, Gregor was elected to the provincial legislature as Member of the Legislative Assembly for Vancouver-Fairview. As MLA, he led a successful campaign to protect affordable rental housing, fought for the regulation of carcinogens and toxins throughout BC, and advocated for small businesses impacted by Canada Line construction.

February 19, 2009

BC Hydro’s Strategic Procurement

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As the third largest electric utility in Canada, BC Hydro serves customers in an area containing over 94% of British Columbia's population. BC Hydro endeavours to provide energy solutions to its customers in an environmentally and socially responsible way by balancing British Columbians' energy needs with the concerns of the environment. Through the efficient and reliable supply of electricity, BC Hydro supports the development of British Columbia and has constructed a world-class integrated hydroelectric system. Due to this efficient, reliable system, British Columbians enjoy some of the lowest electricity rates in North America.

But as many plants are coming to the end of their life cycle an intensive capital investment is planned for the next 5-10 years. Our speaker, Bill Earis, will provide an overview of BC Hydro's upcoming planned Capital Program including an explanation of the strategic plan, where they are going for procurements, what is the meat of the capital plan and immediate projects many under $50 million.

Bill Earis manages BC Hydro's Generation Engineering Construction Management Division. The Division is responsible for ensuring Construction Projects at Generating Stations and Reservoirs are completed safely, on time and within budget. Bill is a Professional Engineer, a Project Management Professional and has a Masters degree in Construction and Project Management from UBC.

January 22, 2009

Being Prepared: Day to Day Transportation of People and Goods During the 2010 Winter Games

Individuals and companies have started to ask how they should plan their day to day operations and activities during the period of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games ("the Games"). Part of the question involves having an understanding of what the transportation plan for Vancouver and surround will look like and how staff and goods will move through and around the City during this period.

Dale Bracewell is a professional engineer and has worked in the Transportation Division of Engineering Services at the City of Vancouver for the last nine years. He holds a Master's degree in Transportation and his experience includes working for both municipal and provincial governments and the private sector. Dale is currently the Director of Olympic Transportation and is responsible for coordinating the City's transportation planning and operations with VANOC (Vancouver Organizing Committee) and other transportation partners for the Olympics.

Dale will discuss the City's proposed transportation concept plan for the period of the Games, the various objectives, challenges, considerations and alternatives that lead to the development of this concept plan.