Thursday, 20 November 2014

Membership Report - Specifier: October 2014

As we continue to promote CSC, the need for value in the construction industry is greater than ever. The Vancouver Chapter membership sits at 160.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Education Report - Specifier: October 2014

The Vancouver chapter began a Principles of Construction Documentation course this September. Fifteen students had registered for the class that started on the 22nd. Once again the course is being taught by Glenn Chatten and being held at the VRCA Vancouver office.

Principles of Construction Documentation is the first course, and a pre-requisite, for all of the CSC education streams. These are Certified Technical Representative, Certified Construction Contract Administrator, and Certified Specification Practitioner. It is also a strong foundational course for people who are new to the construction industry or want to better understand construction documentation (specifications, drawings and schedules), products, bidding procedures and contracts. This course is offered on-line by CSC Canada once a year and the Vancouver chapter aims to hold one local class a year. If there is enough demand the Chapter will look at offering another course.

The Technical Representative course is scheduled to begin January 22, 2015. Final details are being worked but tentatively we expect them to once again be held at the VRCA Vancouver location. Please look for the registration form to be posted on the Chapter web page in the next month or so.

The CSC Vancouver chapter is also looking to hold either, or both, Specifier 1 and Construction Contract Administration beginning in the late Winter or early Spring. There have been a few people that have expressed interest in both classes, but not enough to hold a session. If you or any one you know has expressed an interest please contact me so we can work on getting a class filled and scheduled for each.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

CSC Vancouver Chapter Construction Fair - Specifier: October 2014

November 19, 2014 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place,

Vancouver, BC

For your benefit, Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) Vancouver Chapter is bringing together – for one day only – over one hundred (100) local manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of construction products!

This Fair will provide easy, uncluttered access to each product and each sales representative will be available to take your questions. You will be able to see, touch and discuss the specifics of the latest, greatest, and most innovative construction products – all under one roof!

This “Simple but Revealing” approach towards gathering product and technical information for your next specification, architectural design or construction project is a streamlined version of the larger building exhibitions – but without all the associated fanfare and hype!



Shop Drawings - Review v. Approve
Mike Demers, LLB, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP

Compliance with ASHRAE 90.1 and NECB: The building envelope prescriptive requirements
Catherine Lemieux, P.Eng., Building Envelope Specialist, Morrison Hershfield.

Connecting the Dots between Good Roof Design, Inspections and Guarantees
RCABC & Monty Klein of Wells Klein Consulting Group.

There are still a few exhibiting spots available, so if you are interested in exhibiting at this year’s show, please contact Todd Gerrard (

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Golf Tournament Results - Specifier: October 2014

50/50 Winner
Marcel Tack (Tec Agencies) $405

Most Honest Team Winners
James Kelly (Soprema), Scott Biggs (Convoy Supply), Eric Poxleitner (Keystone Architecture), Al Martin (Morrison Hershfield)

Mens KP - Peter Boscovic (Morrison Hershfield)
Womens KP - Kari Yuers (Kryton International)
Mens LD - Aaron MacLellan (Aqua-Coast Engineering)
Womens LD - Jayne Raeburn (Sika Sarnafil)

Top Team
Marcel Tack (Tec Agencies), Kevin Polk (Epro), Jarod Boddy (GC Supply), Aaron MacLellan (Aqua-Coast Engineering)

The following people were also noted for their long time standing as members of CSC as presented at the CSC Annual Conference in Kitchener, ON.

10 Years
Ms. Karen Fourchalk
Mr. Blair Bennett–CTR
Mr. Bob Matich–CTR
Mr. Tony Martinelli–CCCA
Mr. Roger Steers

15 Years
Mr. Mike Boldt

20 Years
Mr. Arthur Buse
Ms. Kimberly Tompkins–CTR
Mr. Edward Wetmore–RSW
Ms. Susan Morris –FCSC
Ms. Kari Yuers

25 Years
Mr. Robert Park–RSW
Mr. Ron Van Berkel–CTR

35 Years
Mr. Kenneth Halldorson–FCSC, RSW
Mr. Arthur Perjul

40 Years
Mr. David McGuigan FCSC

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Words from the Chair - Specifier: October 2014

As I sit in my office putting thoughts to paper musing at the fact that summer is behind us, I look out the window to sun and 22 C for the temperature… I want to immediately go outside and soak up some Vitamin D and regenerate. But, responsibility keeps me firmly at my desk. There is no doubt we have enjoyed the best summer to date weather wise. Our fellow chapters across the country may not say the same. I am thankful every day for the opportunity to live and work in this great city.

We (The Vancouver Chapter of CSC) are well underway with our fall schedule of events. The golf tournament is behind us with close to 90 Golfers toughing it out on the only rainy day of the summer! Regardless of the weather, a great time was had by all thanks to the hard work of James Kelly, CTR who continues to Chair the Golf Tournament each year / Vince Smith, Treasurer and registrar extraordinaire / Blair Bennett CTR who did his a great job as MC / Severin Wolf – for keeping me company on the Betting hole and Dayl Hopper for working the registration table and selling mulligans. We managed to raise $1080.00 from the Mulligan Sales, betting hole and 50/50 sales to go to our ever growing BCIT Bursary fund thanks to our ever generous attendees who continue to support this great event! The date has been set for September the 10th next year at Meadow Gardens again so mark your calendars!

The Principals of Construction Documentation (PCD) Course is well underway at the VRCA with Glen Chatten instructing and Robert Jahnsen as our Education Chair. We are already planning for the TR course as well as the CCCA Course for January of 2015 so please let Robert know if you are interested.

Our lunch series is posted on the web as well as we are well underway accepting registrations for our Construction Fair November 19 at the Vancouver Convention Centre – East Ballrooms at Canada Place. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to show a very focused audience what is new and exciting in your product line this year. Our speaker line up is very strong again this year – have a look online at our website where the information is centrally located on the front page. Todd Gerrard is our Chair again this year and is looking forward to another great event this year.

On a non CSC related topic, I had the pleasure of spending 18 days in Italy attending the World Club Crew Dragon boat Championships in Ravenna as well as traipsing around northern Italy visiting dear friends. I found myself adjusting rather quickly to the “Italian” way of life… Taking time between noon and 3:00-3:30 to have the main meal and a nap before going back to work till about 7:30 – 8:00 pm. It all seemed rather civilized over there but when I tried to implement the same strategy here…I have met nothing but resistance…are we too focused on work or am I not focused enough…something to think about for sure!

Please take the time to attend our lunch events and the trade fair, say hello and thank a board member for the continued hard work they do. We are a completely volunteer board always looking for new participants at either the board level or committee level so consider joining this most amazing team of very dedicated individuals.
Kimberly Tompkins, CTR
Chapter Chair
CSC–Vancouver Chapter

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