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December 6, 2012

Festive Season Reception
Vancouver Towers & Podiums - West End to Abu Dhabi

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Vancouver has been become well known for its high-rise residential tower and podium building form. The building type, with its origins emerging from Vancouver's West End of the 1960's, was formalized into zoning code in the late 1980's with the development of the transitional and brownfield areas in the City's downtown peninsula. The "high-rise and street wall", as it was originally conceived, is a building form that planners, developers, banks and consumers have become accustomed to over the past thirty years. There is an underlying simple logic that has given the building form a long run of success. As a result the "Vancouver tower" typology has been transported to cities around the world, from San Diego to Abu Dhabi.

Drawing on experience locally and in other North American cities, our speaker, architect Alan Hart, a founding member of VIA Architecture, will explore the question - Is there a place for the tower form in Vancouver's village centres and neighbourhoods like Arbutus and Point Grey or Oakridge as Vancouver continues to densify?

Alan's architectural and planning career has covered a broad spectrum of infrastructure, institutional, commercial and residential projects. A strong advocate for clarity, integrity and passion, Alan's expertise includes the creation of high quality urban environments from transit systems to community visioning to urban infill.

Join us at our annual Festival Season reception hosted once again by Fasken Martineau. This reception is open to members and non-members. We look forward to seeing you there.

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November 15, 2012

Excavating Opportunity in the BC Mining Industry

Mining is one of the largest components of the construction industry in BC. And within the mining sector Teck Resources is one of the major players. In the continued exploration and excavation of mines, and the building of essential related infrastructure, there are a lot of opportunities for the construction industry. In this session we will learn about Teck's ongoing and planned construction-related projects in BC including brownfield expansions, opportunities for greenfield schemes and the company's culture, priorities and contracting strategies for projects.

Our speaker, Tony Jervis, is Director, Project Services with Teck Resources. He is responsible for developing, maintaining and overseeing the implementation of the overall Teck project development framework and standards for implementing major capital projects. Prior to working for Teck Tony was an Independent Consultant in South Africa specialising in project controls and estimating for major projects; independent reviews, short term project assignments; consulting support.

Don't miss the last breakfast session of 2012 and learn about opportunities in the mining industry.

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October 17, 2012

Northern Gateway Pipelines Project

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The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project is a proposed 1,176-km twin pipeline system and marine terminal. The proposed project, currently under regulatory review, would transport 525,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil for export and import 193,000 bpd of condensate. At $6 billion, the Northern Gateway Project is the largest private investment of capital in the history of British Columbia.

Our speaker, John Carruthers, is the President of Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines. He will give provide some information about Enbridge, and outline the strategic argument for Northern Gateway. He will explain why, as a community and as a nation we need to support this important infrastructure.

Prior to leading Northern Gateway, John was Vice President of Gas Development at Enbridge, responsible for gas marketing, LNG, storage projects and Enbridge's interests in Aux Sable gas processing. John has also work at BP Canada as Vice President of Alaska Canada Gas Pipeline with responsibility for Canadian and US Regulatory, environment, land & public and government affairs aspects of the Project.

Learn first-hand about this project. It will be an opportunity to have all your questions answered.

September 26, 2012

Birdies and Burgers - 2012 BCCR Summer Social

BCCR is celebrating its first annual golf tournament at the UBC Golf Club on September 26 with 32 BCCR members and their guests. But we don't want non-golfers to be left out! Members and guests are invited to join the festivities later in the day. Want to practice your swing or try sinking some Putts for Prizes? You will have the chance before enjoying drinks on the patio while you cheer in the golfers. Everyone will gather for a sumptuous dinner.

So get out your bermudas and sun hats and enjoy the last heat of summer with other hard working colleagues. We look forward to seeing you then.

6:00 - 7:00 Putt for Prizes
7:00 - 7:30 Cocktails
7:30 - 9:00 Dinner

September 26, 2012

Integrated Project Delivery

Howard Ashcraft Jr., Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP (San Francisco) has experience with IPD projects from initiation to completion. In this session, Howard will discuss the essential elements and structures of an IPD project, how these projects are set up from a legal perspective and how they are implemented from a practical perspective. He will also address the factors that are critical to a successful IPD project.

Following the lecture, Mr, Ashcraft will make himself available for a 45 minute interactive roundtable discussion on this topic with anyone who wishes to stay.

Howard Ashcraft heads the Construction Group at Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco. He is a skilled litigator with tremendous experience in the construction industry. He is actively involved in developing new approaches to construction project delivery that will avoid many of the issues he has seen over the course of his career.

In parallel, Howard has been working with the congressionally-chartered National Institute of Building Sciences to develop the National Building Information Modeling Standard. He currently heads the institute's legal and risk sub-group. Building Information Modeling is the use of object-oriented, intelligent databases that not only can use 3D design tools to characterize existing architectural and engineering design, but can be used to explore and manage construction processes, energy optimization, sustainable construction, costs and facility management.

Doug Sanders, with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, will introduce the speaker and give a Canadian perspective on Integrated Project Development. Doug is a lawyer (and professional engineer) who practices in the areas of public private partnerships, construction contracts, and construction litigation. He has extensive experience in the preparation, negotiation and review of contracts on leading P3 and construction projects.

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July 12, 2012

Tour - Bridge with a View

In the BCCR tradition we are inviting you to join us for a unique opportunity to tour a project before it opens. This year we will take a walk on the Port Mann Bridge to centre span. Guides will explain the bridge design and construction.

3:00 - 6:00 Tour of the new Port Mann Bridge

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June 21, 2012

TELUS Garden - Pushing the Envelope

The TELUS Garden development will radically transform an aging block of downtown Vancouver into a meaningful and architectural icon of advanced technology, environmental stewardship. The million-square-foot, $750 million project will see almost the entire block of prime downtown real estate bounded by Georgia, Robson, Seymour, and Richards streets rebuilt into one of the most technologically and environmentally-advanced sites of commerce, employment and living in the world. It will create half a million square feet of much-needed new office space available for multiple tenants and 424 new residential units, all setting new standards for environmentally sustainability.

The 22-storey signature office tower will be the first spec office building in Canada built to target the new 2009 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standard and the 46-storey residential tower will target LEED Gold standard. Once complete, TELUS's new headquarters will feature two elevated sky gardens, multiple roof gardens, multiple water features, a lobby garden, photovoltaic panels and a media where cultural events such as symphony concerts can be broadcast to the public.

Our speaker, Gregory Henriquez, is the Managing Partner of Henriquez Partners Architects and a leader among a new generation of architects who are reintegrating ethics and activism into the discipline.

He recently completed the socially inclusive Woodward's Redevelopment in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and is currently the Design Architect for TELUS Garden, which will bring Vancouver its first LEED Platinum-certified office tower.

May 23, 2012

Annual General Meeting

The Build Surrey program of capital projects has been developed to position the City of Surrey for a prosperous future. Exciting opportunities exist for the construction industry as the City works towards the transformation of the downtown core, creating BC's next metropolitan centre, and to ensure the ongoing development of other vibrant town centres. Design and construction of the projects began in 2010, and will continue until 2016. These projects are designed to prepare the City of Surrey for growth over the next decade. Projects are being undertaken in the six town centres: City Centre, Newton, South Surrey, Cloverdale, Fleetwood and Guildford. The Mayor of Surrey will talk about the Build Surrey program of capital projects, investment initiatives, as well as new land use policies that have been implemented to offer more housing choices and to create more livable communities.

Dianne Watts was first elected as Mayor of Surrey in 2005, after serving nine years on City Council, and was re-elected for her third term in November 2011. As Mayor of BC's fastest growing city, her brand of civic leadership includes forming partnerships with other levels of government and the private sector in order to build healthy, vibrant communities. She has implemented several key strategies including Surrey's Economic Investment Action Plan, Sustainability Charter, and the Build Surrey program, the most comprehensive construction and investment plan in the City's history.

2012 Student Scholarship Recipients

Marina Pratchett & Diego Orozcom

Marina Pratchett & Jehan Zeb

Marina Pratchett & Sandeep Prashar

Marina Pratchett & Spencer Calhoun

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April 19, 2012

Leading with LEED?

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Sustainable design and construction is the new normal. The City of Vancouver has taken the lead with its ambitious plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 and its recent adoption of its 2020 carbon neutral buildings strategy. Now that we have experience in the delivery of sustainable buildings, come and learn first-hand of the CIty of Vancouver's initiatives, projects, requirements, incentive programs and proposals for new codes and bylaws, including ASHRAE 90.1 2010; hear from a contractor's LEED AP of the issues, challenges and costs facing contractors in project implementation; and learn of the legal issues that have to be considered and addressed to avoid disputes, and the top 5 things that have given rise to green litigation in the US.

BCCR is taking the unusual step of presenting this seminar at a very unique location: UBC"s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) building, one of the greenest buildings on earth. The goal of this building is to become the baseline for all future buildings. Prior to the seminar you will be treated to an introduction to the building and to UBC's upcoming plans for sustainable development and be invited to a self-guided tour after the event. CIRS is located at 2260 West Mall @ UBC. There is large paid parking garage almost immediately opposite CIRS at 2140 Lower Mall.

Alberto Cayuela, PEng, PMP, LEED AP Associate Director, UBC Sustainability Initiative
Susan Hildebrand, GSC, LEED AP, CPI Project Manager and Director of Sustainable Building Practices, Scott Construction
Marina Pratchett, Lawyer, Fasken Martineau
David Ramslie, Sustainability Program City of Vancouver

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March 22, 2012

Tsawwassen - Your next Shopping Destination?

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The Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) signed BC's first urban treaty on April 2009. One of its first initiatives was to establish the TFN Economic Development Corporation to help TFN move towards a sustainable economy that will generate economic and social advantages for current and future generations. To this end, TFN are planning major development of this land for industrial, residential and retail uses. Proposals include a regional destination shopping centre and Port related industries. Find out what opportunities will be available to the construction and development industries as TFN moves forward with its agenda.

Our speaker, Chris Hartman, joined TFN Economic Development Corporation as Chief Executive Officer in May 2009.

Prior to joining the Corporation, Chris developed a number of master-planned urban and resort communities across Canada. In BC he was involved with UniverCity at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby Mountain campus), Heritage Woods in Port Moody (for ParkLane Homes) and Panorama Mountain Village in the East Kootenays (for Intrawest).

Join us at the BCCR March breakfast session to find out more about the ground breaking opportunities at TFN.

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February 16, 2012

Container Capacity Improvement Program

There is a lot of activity being planned for Roberts Bank terminal complex. Improvements to the causeway, rail lines and roadways are planned to support the Container Capacity Improvement Program (CCIP) which will allow the increased movement of goods in and out of the Lower Mainland. This month, our speaker Sheri Plewes, will talk about CCIP, what the main objectives are for the program and the scope of work in the short term and long term. She will address the plans for the supporting infrastructure, delivery phases and the schedule.

Sheri Plewes is VP Infrastructure Delivery for Port Metro Vancouver. In this position she is responsible for the leadership, development and implementation of capital project infrastructure for PMV. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, reporting to the CEO, Ms. Plewes participates in the development of business plans, policies and strategies. And she is responsible for advancing the important Container Capacity Improvement Program, the largest and most significant project undertaken by a port authority in Canada (capital budget $2.0B).

Join us at the February breakfast session to find out more about this exciting program.

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January 20, 2012

2012 Economic Outlook

What is the economic forecast for the construction industry in 2012? Our speaker, Francis Afonso, will tell us how the EU monetary problems and the weak US economy are impacting on the economic health of BC. And we will learn how commodities and mining are being affected by the events in China.

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