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Walking Tour of the Olympic Village

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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.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

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Pitt River Bridge

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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.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Glotman-Simpson and Vancouver Convention Centre Shortlisted for International Structural Awards 2009

The Institution of Structural Engineers has announced the shortlist for the 2009 Structural Awards, the international industry’s most prestigious awards. The awards recognize excellence in structural engineering globally.

Glotman-Simpson has been shortlisted in the ‘Award for Arts or Entertainment Structures’ for their work on the Vancouver Convention Centre expansion.

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Ride the Line, Wine & Dine

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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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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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.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Transport 2040 – Planning Metro Vancouver’s Transportation Future

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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.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 Project

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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.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


MEDIA RELEASE: Vancouver Mayor Brings Development Vision

Directors, members and guests of the British Columbia Construction Roundtable welcomed Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson as the keynote speaker at their annual general meeting. Mayor Robertson spoke about the current state of development and construction in the city including the status of the South East False Creek project, his vision for making Vancouver one of the greenest cities in the world and ideas for finding a socially responsive way to deal with the homeless.

Six years ago, the BC Construction Roundtable Board of Directors established a student bursary for studies in engineering and construction management. The recipients of this year’s $1500 awards were Shawn Tiedeman, who is completing a Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management at BCIT, and Chao-Ying Chiu, who is completing a PhD in Construction Engineering and Management at UBC.

The following members were elected to the Board of Directors:

Doug Hinton, Hatch Mott MacDonald – President; Elisa Brandts, PBK Architects Inc. – Past President; Roger Woodhead, Woodhead Consultants Inc. – Treasurer; and directors Beth Currie, BCIT Construction Management; Bill Frost, Graham Construction and Engineering Inc., Geoffrey Glotman, Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers, Robin Johnston, Collings Johnston Inc., Peter Judd, City of Vancouver Engineering Department; Chris McCarthy, SNC-Lavalin Inc., Jim McLagan, Canron Western Constructors Ltd., Jeff McLellan, BFL CANADA Insurance Services Inc., Don Nishimura, Scott Construction Ltd., Marina Pratchett, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Alan Russell, UBC Civil Engineering, Peter Smith, Axxent Engineering Ltd. and Dave Walker, Stantec Consulting.

The British Columbia Construction Roundtable is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an independent forum for decision-makers of all sectors of the BC construction industry to share information, examine issues and collaborate on new or more effective strategies for the healthy growth of the industry. It is independent of all other construction groups.


Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project – A LEED Showpiece

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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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009