December 9, 2020

Buildings Week: BUILDEX panel calls for Canadian procurement to evolve past price

via ConstructConnect  By Russell Hixson CHANDOS — A rendering shows BC Housing on Clark, the first project in B.C. to be built using integrated project delivery (IPD). The project will also have a social procurement element that Chandos, the project’s builder, says is part of the future of procurement. A group of construction procurement experts gathered at this year’s BUILDEX Alberta to discuss the problems with procurement in Canada and ways it could be improved. Bill Black, president of the Calgary Construction Association, explained he believes procurement in Canada has developed a very short-term mindset that focuses on immediate price...

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December 9, 2020

Alberta government approves $152M in infrastructure projects for Calgary

Money allocated to create jobs in Alberta through shovel-ready projects via CBC News   Calgary will use the $152.8 million in infrastructure funding for building improvements and park upgrades across the city. (Submitted by Leslie Kramer) The Province of Alberta has approved an infrastructure wish list in Calgary and provided $152.8 million in funding to get those projects underway. The funding is part of a $500-million Municipal Stimulus Program meant to funnel cash into shovel-ready projects that will create jobs at a time of high unemployment in Alberta. Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard says the work will create 900 jobs....

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December 8, 2020

Surety in 2020 and Beyond

Surety in 2020 and Beyond Over the past five years, the construction industry in Alberta has become increasingly more competitive. Margins have decreased as the pool of competitors has increased. All the while, COVID-19 has compounded the situation for most contractors who are trying to keep their operations running and profitable. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the construction industry has tried to maintain a sense of normalcy despite being faced with unexpected challenges. Some of these challenges include implementing new safety protocols, cancelled or delayed projects, as well as unexpected cost expenditure related...

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December 2, 2020

Service Alberta Minister Praises Industry on Prompt Payment

via Alberta Construction Association   Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish sent a letter to ACA today praising the industry for its collaboration on the new Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act. This has been a long term issue for ACA members and we have worked with our members, the government and other industry associations to help make this a reality. ACA will continue to consult on the regulations to support implementation of the legislation for July 2021. Minister Glubish said: This legislation is all about strengthening the construction industry in Alberta. It is all about protecting your jobs. It is about giving...

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December 2, 2020

WCB Announces 2021 Rates

via Alberta Construction Association   The WCB Board of Directors approved the 2021 premium rates.  The 2021 average premium rate will remain $1.14 in lieu of changing conditions in the market, COVID-19 and economic challenges for Alberta’s businesses.  The actual required rate for 2021 is estimated at $1.36 which according to the WCB creates a funding gap of 22 cents. This gap will be covered by the Accident Fund. You can find out more information about your industry rates at the following links: 2021 Premium Rate Overview Presentation Presentation to the Industry Taskforce  2021 premium rates employer highlight sheet An overview of...

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December 1, 2020

Ross Glen appointed to the Order of Canada

CCA is honored to announce that Ross Glen, founder of RGO Products, a CCA Member, has been appointed to the Order of Canada. Ross has been appointed for his entrepreneurial and philanthropic leadership in his community. The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s...

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November 26, 2020

Westcor team designs 3D Anti-fog Mask Clips

Long time CCA member Westcor has been busy addressing concerns about safety glasses fogging up when wearing a mask. This is a huge problem as we head into colder weather! As Westcor calls them, their Creative Overlords, James Smolnicky and Shaun McKenzie have possibly come up with a solution to the dreaded foggy glasses! They have printed a 3D anti-fog mask clip out of flexible rubber. The clips are now being tested out in the field. This team is constantly coming up with innovative ways to solve problems! Great job to the team at Westcor!

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November 19, 2020

CCA Connect: Meet the GC Series is a great success!

On November 17th CCA hosted its first inaugural CCA Connect: Meet the GC Series! The participating GCs included Chandos, Elan Construction, RCS, Westcor and Wright Construction. Over 30 attendees joined to share information about their companies and connect with industry peers to learn more about each other. The feedback from this event has been so great that we are hosting another Meet the GC event in December! Watch for details coming soon so you don’t miss out! Once again, thank you to all of those who attended this event. This is what community is all about! “I wanted to thank...

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November 18, 2020

Construction Tech Startup Falkbuilt Raises $14 Million CAD Series A

via Betakit  By Isabelle Kirkwood Calgary-based construction tech startup Falkbuilt, has raised $14 million CAD in Series A financing. The round has closed with $14 million CAD, with the potential for an additional $6 million based on subsequent operational milestones, which would bring the round’s total to $20 million. “With the tremendous efficiencies it delivers and a rapidly growing…client base, Falkbuilt is poised for success.” The financing was led by RET Ventures, a real estate technology-focused venture capital firm. BetaKit has reached out to Falkbuilt to confirm whether any other investors participated in the round. The new capital will be used by...

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November 18, 2020

Daniel Delgado and Jordan Tetreau | Top 40 Under 40 2020

via Avenue Calgary  By Travis Klemp Daniel Delgado and Jordan Tetreau. Hair by Emily Hunking, Artists Within; makeup by Jasmin Jaleel, Artists Within. Photograph by Jared Sych. Age: 33 (Delgado); 38 (Tetreau) Job titles: Co-Founders of TradeSpace Why they’re 2020 Top 40 Under 40s: Daniel Delgado and Jordan Tetreau created the first co-working warehouse in Canada, connecting tradespeople in the city and helping grow small businesses. Co-working office spaces are commonplace these days, but Daniel Delgado and Jordan Tetreau have created a unique take on the concept with their “co-warehousing community,” TradeSpace. The first of its kind in Canada, TradeSpace is also a collaboration hub...

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COVID-19 Resources

The CCA is happy to provide a directory of suppliers of products and services related to COVID-19 in order to assist our members in locating what they may need. CCA has not undertaken any vetting of these suppliers and are merely providing a means for contact to be made. Should you be aware of others who could be added to this list please have them reach out to lenahogarth@cgyca.com or call 403-291-3350.