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Calling all Gold Seal 
Certified Professionals!

Deadline to update is October 8!

The Calgary Construction Association recognizes that you have worked hard for your Gold Seal Certification, and wants to showcase your efforts to the industry.

To do this, the CCA will be listing all of Calgary’s Gold Seal recipients in our yearly publication The Constructor. To ensure you get the recognition you deserve, please review your information on 
this list, and verify that all information is accurate. 

Please email any changes to


BIM at Quarry Park

Bird Construction hosted approximately 50 industry representatives during a tour of the Quarry Park recreation facility on Sept. 30 to showcase their success in using Building Information Modeling (BIM).

BIM takes all the drawings of a construction project, and combines them into a single 3D model. This model allows for those working on the project to better visualize the final product, and even navigate around the 3D space.

A major benefit of using BIM is clash detection which detects if physical objects are intersecting, for example if a component will poke through the roof when it should be flush with the roof. These problems are often caught while construction is underway and work needs to be redone, which holds up sub-trades. With clash detection these problems can be assessed and corrected well before construction on an area begins. Because of this, Bird reported no major issues were encountered while erecting the structure.

The tour of the recreation facility highlighted six major instances where early clash detection saved both time and money. Plenty of Bird representatives were on hand to thoroughly answer any questions along the way.

The Quarry Park facility is set to be completed in May 2016.

For pictures of the tour, click here.


Women in Construction Luncheon 

Thursday, October 22, 2015
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Coast Plaza Hotel

Join us for the Women in Construction Luncheon for an opportunity to network and to share ideas on how to benefit women in the construction industry.

Speaker: Jacqui McFarland
Jacqui McFarland is a Senior Interior Designer with Sizeland Evans Interior Design, and a former Instructor and Department Chair of the Interior Design program at Mount Royal University — her 30 year career has encompassed numerous projects, from highly detailed residences to large scale commercial offices.

On Being MacGyver*— How to build an 8,000 square feet luxury residence in 270 days — an Integrated Project Delivery case study.

Jacqui will share a recent highlight in her career: participating in an Integrated Project Delivery model in the creation of a beautifully appointed residence in the seemingly impossible 30 weeks. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a project delivery approach that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results.

*about MacGyver
MacGyver was a television character (parodied as ‘MacGruber' on SNL) famous for his ability to solve complex problems using simple objects — often under life-threatening conditions.

Men can support 
Women in Construction (WIC) too! 
Men are welcome to register to attend 
any of WIC events. 
Ladies, bring your 
gentlemen colleagues along! 


A Question from the
Canadian Design-Build Institute

At what point in a project planning cycle does your organization decide on the project delivery method, and hence may choose design-build?

Anne-Marie Schneider, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Department of National Defence

It is typically the Department of National Defence (DND) project manager’s prerogative to choose the most appropriate project delivery method. DND management does however recommend Modified Design Build as the preferred project delivery method for the department. The decision is normally made before project approval (for design) but after the statement of requirements and the options analysis/business case are completed. Deciding factors such as industry interest, location, cost, level of complexity and security requirements are considered.
I believe that Defence Construction Canada makes recommendations from time to time with respect to the project delivery method as they are responsible for procurement and contract management.

Neil McFarlane
Executive Director, Government Facilities Branch
Alberta Infrastructure

Alberta infrastructure follows a similar process; however, we do not have a preferred method of project delivery. Each project has its own circumstances and complexities that need to be considered in choosing a delivery method.
For the most part, the project delivery method is chosen at the outset of the project so that documents can be tailored to suit the method. As we all know, the specifications for a design-build project will be much different from those for a design-bid-build project.
Although most times the project team may choose the delivery method, sometimes the method is dictated to suit other management or political objectives.

More information on the Canadian Design-Build Institute can be found at


Looking for Apprentice Candidates?

The Youth Employment Program currently has candidates eager to begin an apprenticeship in the fields of: Electrical, Welding, and Plumbing.

All candidates have gone through a pre-screening interview to ensure they are dedicated to their trade of choice, and are CSTS certified.

Employers have the opportunity to hire youth for a three-week paid work experience term, and can then choose to hire them on full time.

To request resumes or for more information on the program, please contact Craig at 403-291-3350 or


The Constructor Magazine

The CCA’s annual publication, The Constructor magazine is underway and will be launched at the CCA Chair’s Tour Breakfast meeting taking place on November 4th, 2015.

If there are any changes to your company’s address or contact information that we should be aware of for the CCA Member directory, please email them to  

There is still time to place an ad in the magazine. If you have any questions or would like to advertise in this first class publication, please contact Robert Bartmanovich at or phone 1-866-794-3728. 


BUILDEX Calgary is back on November 4 & 5 welcoming over 200 exhibitors and more than 3,500 industry delegates for Calgary’s largest trade show & conference for Construction, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management. Calgary Construction Association is a supporting association and opens the event with the CCA Chairman’s Tour breakfast on November 4, 2015.

For information on BUILDEX exhibiting and sponsoring opportunities, please contact Ben Carson 403-241-1088. 

Alberta Construction Association News
The ACA leads Alberta's construction industry in government advocacy, public relations, industry practices and partnerships, and promotion of a skilled workforce. 

ACA Submits Recommendations to the Climate Change Panel

On Friday September 25th, the Alberta Construction Association submitted their recommendations to the Alberta Government’s Climate Change Panel. The ACA reinforced to the Government of Alberta that any plan on climate change must take into account differing circumstances of various sectors, and use a variety of approaches to achieve the most cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gases.

We would like to thank the panel for allowing the ACA to deliver our recommendations and look forward to further discussions with the government on the role construction can play for our environment.

You can read the recommendation letter here.

Canadian Construction Association News
CCA Weekly is an electronic newsletter published each week by the Canadian Construction Association. It contains relevant articles and information for CCA members and those involved in the construction industry. 

CCA President’s CanaData 2015 Presentation

CCA’s Michael Atkinson gave a presentation on the Canadian infrastructure at the CanaData conference in Toronto last week. Download the presentation.

New Methodologies Produce Results

Lean manufacturing is a common enough term in the Saskatchewan construction industry. What isn’t as common is its use in today’s construction practices. But changes may be in the air, thanks to innovative industry leaders who have researched and implemented ways within their own organizations to eliminate “waste” and change the culture to their entire organization. Read more.

Read this week's CCA News


October 15 | Fifty Shades of Payroll
October 20 | Now I want to Get Paid! 
October 21 | Working with your Banker to Show you the Money!
October 22 | Women in Construction Luncheon
October 26 | Key Skills and Processes that make a "Super" Superintendent
October 27 & 28 | Two Day Accounting for Non-Financial Managers' Seminar
October 29 | Profitable Contracting Seminar
November 4 | CCA Chair's Tour Breakfast Meeting 
November 4 & 5 | BUILDEX Calgary
November 9 | Supervisor Training Program
November 10| "Building a Cohesive Leadership Team" 
November 12 & 13 | Two Day Microsoft Project for Construction
November 17 | Risk Transfer Tools for your Toolbox
November 18 | Analyze and Express a Dispute
November 24 & 25 | Two Day Advanced Microsoft Project for Construction 
November 26 | Impact of Tax Rates, Cash Flow, and Creditor Proofing
December 2 | Alberta Builders' Lien
December 9 & 10| Construction 101 - Putting the Construction Industry "Pieces" Together
January 13 | The Role of Legal Counsel
January 13 | Deciding on the Venue for the Resolution of Disputes
January 21 | Driving Accountability throughout the Organization: It starts with the Leadership Team
January 27 & 28 | Two Day Microsoft Project for Construction
February 17 | How to Run Your Own Trial in Provincial Court
March 2 | Talent Succession for Growing Businesses
May 2 & 3 | Two Day ADVANCED Microsoft Project for Construction
May 10 | Strategic Thinking: Achieve Extraordinary Results

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