Fall 2012 






Member survey results

A big thank you to those firms that participated in our annual member survey. We were thrilled to have a 63% response rate! A summary of the responses is available for you to view here.

 

Alberta's Fiscal Framework Survey - deadline Oct 31

In Budget 2012, the Government of Alberta committed to developing a fiscal framework that will build a predictable, sustainable revenue base to provide stable funding for day-to-day programs and infrastructure for the future. In addition, one of Premier Redford’s priorities is to obtain Albertans’ views about finances and savings. As a result, the government is conducting consultations on the fiscal framework throughout the fall of 2012. Participate here
 

CAA Annual Report now available

 

 

 

 

The 2012 Annual Report gives an overview of our third year of operations and our expectations for the future. 

Click here to download a PDF copy. 

You may view all of our previous reports here.

 

Salary survey information available

The CAA has been in discussion with Hays - a global recruiting firm that has conducted a salary survey in Alberta that architects as well as other occupations. 

MEASURES OF WORTH - the 2012 Hays Compensation, Benefits, Recruitment and Retention Guide includes data from Aug 2010 to August 2011. There were 16 architecture firms that participated, and 150 construction and engineering firms. The Alberta office for Hays is relatively new, and the survey they most recently completed (results due out next year) includes a much expanded scope.

Next year's results will include 75 Alberta architecture firms and over 300 firms in engineering and construction. You may download the 2012-2011 survey results hereThe salary data may also be very valuable in negotiations when you hire accountants, administrators and IT people.

Advocacy update

CAA reps have been hard at work serving on various committees - both internal to CAA and as representatives on external committees.  Here is a quick look at some of our recent activities:

Alberta Health Services

We have been advocating to AHS for nearly two years for changes to their Prime Consultant Agreement, and we are making some positive progress. Read more here ›

Alberta Infrastructure

Project delivery decision matrix - through our participation on the Design Build Committee the CAA has been providing input to the project delivery decision matrix used by the department to determine under which model a new project will be delivered. Read more here ›

Honoraria - we expressed the CAA’s frustration on the lack of honoraria provided for design/build projects (most recently the schools).  Click here to view a copy of the letter. 

Covenant Health

We have made contact with their Corporate Director of Capital Planning, and will be meeting with him in the near future to discuss their procurement process with a view to encouraging best practices.

New West Partnership Trade Agreement

Our colleagues, the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA), are lobbying hard for changes to the NWPTA. They wish to see professional engineering services removed from the agreement altogether. With the support of other provinces and their national advocacy body, they are making some progress toward this initiative. The issues impacting engineers are very similar for architects and so we recently provided a letter of support to the CEA.  Click here to view a copy of the letter.

For an outline of the CEA’s position, click here.

Call for presenters: 2013 Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium

Have you or your organization developed an innovative approach or a practical solution or product that helps in building green better? Here’s your chance to showcase your work November 28th, 2012 at the Northlands Expo Centre! Submit your topic now for the 2013 Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium Call for Presenters. Deadline Nov. 13.

New supplementary conditions for use with CCDC Contracts in Alberta

Did you know that the Alberta Builders' Lien Act has some unique characteristics compared to other jurisdictions and that when the standard CCDC forms of contract are used in Alberta, they require modification by Supplementary Conditions?

The Alberta Construction Association (ACA) has for many years published a standard set of Supplementary Conditions whose purpose is to align CCDC 2 – Stipulated Price Contract - with the Act. The ACA recently revised these Supplementary Conditions for improved clarity and has published additional ones for use with the most current editions of the entire suite of CCDC contracts, including CCDC 2, 3, 4, 5b,14, 17 and 18. These are available for download at no charge from the ACA website under the “Documents” tab. 


Submit your project for Steel Design Awards of Excellence

You are invited to be a part of the 2013 Alberta Steel Design Awards of Excellence.
Now is your chance to have the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction recognize your outstanding projects - submit your Expression of Interest today!

 

Please consider submitting an expression of interest by November 15, 2012.  It’s quick and easy to have your project considered, simply click here to complete the brief online form.

Sponsor Profile - Graham Group Ltd.


Graham Group Ltd. is an employee-owned construction solutions provider with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually. With over eight decades of experience, Graham provides general contracting, design-build, construction management and public-private partnership (P3) services to commercial, industrial and civil infrastructure sectors throughout North America. As demonstrated through countless successful projects, we work closely with the architectural community designing and building a wide variety of impressive structures and facilities.

Graham was among the first contractors to embrace and focus on environmental awareness and employ sustainable construction practices. Working  with architects and other consultants as partners, we have been involved with numerous LEED® Gold and Silver building certifications throughout Alberta including, Ralph Klein Legacy Park in Calgary, Federal Building Parkade in Edmonton, Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement (ASAP) phases I and II, comprising of 28 individual projects, among many others.

We have a proven track record of superior performance. Our commitment to delivering the best project outcomes has driven our remarkable growth and success over the years. As one of Canada's largest construction companies, we have the resources, capacity, experience and expertise to undertake projects of any scope, scale and complexity.

Graham is recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Employers as well as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies.


AGM presentations available here

Piers Steel, John Brown and Scott Matheson led the attendees at our AGM in a lively discussion about Business Risks of Inaction. Copies of their presentations can be viewed here.  Please call for Piers Steel's presentation. Available to CAA Members only.

Ben Brunnen's presentation on the economy can be viewed here. 

Barriers to Sustainable Design - City of Calgary asking for YOUR input 

As part of their commitment to the environment, the  City of Calgary is looking to identify barriers to sustainable design with a view to defeating these barriers.

They are looking for 3 or 4 volunteers for a SHORT TERM commitment of a limited number of hours over a few weeks to provide some input to this project.  Read more ›

New Board Members 

At our Annual General meeting on September 26th, the following slate of directors was voted in by our membership.  At the subsequent Board retreat, officer positions were confirmed within the Board of Directors:

Daryl Procinsky - Past Chair
Doug Cinnamon - Chair
Ron Nemeth - Secretary / Treasurer
Guy Pocock
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Governance Chair             
Keesa Hutchinson - Director
Brad Kennedy
- Director
Linus Murphy
- Director
Enzo Vicenzino - Member Relations Chair
Craig Webber -
Advocacy / External Relations Chair

Group Home & Auto

DID YOU KNOW . . . all CAA members and their employees are eligible for comprehensive coverage at group rates. Read more ›

Upcoming Events -

October 29-30 - Infrastructure Partners Conference held at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton. A forum for partners in the building and infrastructure industry to share information, perspectives and discuss topics of common interest, develop common solutions, recognize excellence and build relationships.

All conference details are  available on the IPC website.

November 5th - Prairie Wood Design Awards Gala. Please contact Barbara Murray for information and to purchase tickets.

November 8th & 9th - The 2012 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit. This summit investigates modular and offsite construction as a viable and effective approach which, when compared to traditional construction methods, can reduce costs and construction time, generate higher quality products, and create healthier and safer
environments for workers and occupants. Contact Emilia Koukouvanova or call 780-492-5114 with questions/concerns, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

 

Explore how BIM is changing the building industry as we know it.

Discover why you should implement BIM in your organization.

Learn from case studies presented by local and global experts.

Join the conversation at the interactive workshops.

Visit displays of iBooth, laser scanning, and 3D printing technologies.

Register here.

 


Thank you to our annual sponsors

Diamond Sponsors


 

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Graham

Silver Sponsors

Blue Rock Builders

BPTEC DNW Engineering

Clark Builders

COOLNet Alberta

Lafarge

Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Stuart Olson Dominion

SUPERMÉTAL

 

Bronze

Associated Engineering

Golder Associates

ISL Engineering and Land Services

Jones Brown Insurance Brokers & Consultants 

MMM Group Limited

Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

Thurber Engineering

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor to raise awareness of your business to our membership? 

For information on our annual sponsorship program please contact us!

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