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Manitoba Bill 218:
The Prompt Payments in the Construction Industry Act
A new Bill has been introduced by Reg Helwer, MLA from Brandon West, alongside the Manitoba Prompt Payment Coalition. It has passed the second reading and will now proceed to the next stage of approvals.
Manitoba is now the second province to come forward and introduce a form of prompt payment legislation.
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CSC March Meeting
Mix & Mingle With Tomorrow's Stars!
Join us for an awards gala to wrap-up the Ignite student design competition, where we’ll have a chance to share highlights of the competition, share the students’ designs, get client feedback, and award the top place teams with their prizes.
The Ignite Student Design Competition is a CSC initiative to expose upcoming professionals in the industry to a mock project for a real client.
Students develop their submissions – with a focus on the importance of quality documents – aided by input from multiple Industry Professionals and the Client.
The competition was held on the weekend of March 2&3, 2019. It's a fast-paced weekend affair commencing at 5pm on Wednesday night and ending at 11:59pm on Sunday.
The CSC-assigned teams, meeting for the first time at the Kick-off event, are a mix of Architectural Technologist and Interior Designer students from both Mount Royal University and SAIT.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30pm
6:00 - 8:30pm
Winston Golf and Country Club
2502 6 Street Northeast
Calgary, AB T2E 3Z3
* 1920 FANCY ATTIRE IS ENCOURAGED *
BSD PARTNERS WITH DIALOG DESIGN
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September 11, 2018
LED Lighting vs Traditional Lighting
October 9, 2018
Sustainability Programs -
how are they changing the design and built world?
November 13, 2018
Calgary Construction Association
Challenges In the Industry.
A discussion with the CCA
December 11, 2018
Christmas Social @Craft Beer market, 345 10th ave SW
January 8, 2019
Roof Mounted PV Systems
February 12, 2019
February 27th, 2019
March 20th 2019
Ignite Awards GALA
All Invited to celebrate!
April 9, 2019
Joint meeting with ABEC and GAMA
May 14, 2019
Annual Chapter Meeting
2017 Annual Conference Award
30 years – Manfred Grote
15 years – J.D. Eckmire, and Larry Shoesmith, CTR
10 years – Bretan Baumgardt, CCCA; Monica Guzman, Kris Norman, Paul Ledaire, and Paul Schmidtke, RSW
Chapter Awards of Merit
Outstanding Contributions to CSC
What keeps owners and project teams up at night?
Discover their greatest fears, along with best practices for managing those risks, in a new project planning guide from AIA and its industry partners.
As written by Steve Cimino, August 27, 2018
Even the most experienced owners and project teams run into complications as they go through the design construction process. Some are easy to anticipate while others are unforeseeable, but all can be managed with the right strategies.To help highlight those strategies, AIA - along with the Large Firm Roundtable, Dodge Data & Analytics, and other industry partners - sponsored the research that led to this project planning guide.
It not only identifies the top sources of uncertainty but offers expert recommendations and leadership lessons that can help the entire team plan for problems and achieve the best possible outcomes. Based on responses from more than 300 owners, architects, and construction contractors, these are the seven challenges that keep project teams up at night:
1. Owner-driven changes: Whether the owner's requirements were unclear initially or modified during the lengthy planning process, changes in needs often result in added costs are the number-one source of project uncertainty.
2. Design omissions and communication gaps: Builders are not mind readers, and not every piece of essential hardware is outlined or included in the details provided by architects and engineers. If both sides aren't asking questions during construction, this could be an issue.
3. Construction coordination: When you're responsible for procuring and assembling thousands of components, as the construction team is, there's a chance you'll miss something. Unique or customized designs will also inevitably require modifications during construction.
4. Unknown site or building conditions: Rock or unstable soil during excavation, along with previously unidentified underground utilities or structural problems during a renovation, are just a few of the surprises that could pop up early in a project.
5. Design or documentation mistakes: Nobody's perfect, not even architects. More than 90 percent of the owners surveyed in this research believe it is impossible to achieve immaculate design documents, and 80 percent expect to absorb additional cost from minor mistakes.
6. Accelerated design and construction schedules: An owner may want to hurry his or her project to completion, for reasons both rational and selfish, but rushing can often lead to additional mistakes and coordination issues.
7. Delays in procurement, fabrication or assembly: There are numerous reasons for delays, including labor or material shortages and "acts of God," and they can all wreak havoc on deadlines and the bottom line.
As for managing these challenges, the project planning guide comes with a list of detailed recommendations. They include:
• Clear and direct leadership from within the owner's organization
• Early assembly of the entire project team
• Strong and open communication, especially amongst large teams
The guide also offers a contingency calculator that architects can use to review cost impacts, determine how long each risk will be present, and find the total recommended contingency amount. More than anything, the key to managing uncertainty is early budget planning across the entire team: owner, architect, engineers, and builder. Establishing scope and expectations at the start can pay dividends down the line.
Download the full project planning guide.
Guide based on Original Study.
Link to original article