2011 Fee Increase

Dear Members and Associates,

As part of its budgeting process for the coming year, AIBC Council has approved increases to fees, fines and charges for all categories of registrant. This decision, supported by both the Financial Health Task Force and the Governance Task Force, is in keeping with council’s cautious and conservative approach to budgeting while allowing for the necessary capital planning…(continue reading)


In Passing: Richard Archambault

Retired Architect Richard (Dick) Archambault FRAIC RCA died peacefully on Tuesday, November 23 at the age of 79. Richard was born in Vancouver, and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia in 1955. In 1959 he joined the AIBC, later serving on AIBC Council from 1968 to 1975 including time as treasurer and a two-year term as president. Together with Barry Downs MAIBC, he was a founding partner of the reputable Downs/Archambault Architects. He was a former member of the AIBC’s Professional Conduct Committee, also served on various municipal councils during his professional career, including the Gastown Heritage Advisory Committee. He was also an active member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 1991, Richard was awarded a Special Certificate of Recognition by the AIBC for service to the institute and the profession. He retired from practice in 2002. Aside from work, Richard was passionate about the arts and active in the local arts community. He is survived by Patricia, his wife of 51 years; brother Phillip; daughters Michelle (David) and Marie (Paul,); and youngest son Adrian. He is predeceased by son Noel. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, the Noel Archambault Memorial Endowment Fund (Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts) or the charity of one’s choice.


More Oval Accolades for Cannon

Cannon Design Architects of Vancouver was awarded the Facilities of Merit Award at the recent Athletic Business Showcase in San Diego, California for its work on the Richmond Olympic Oval. The annual architectural showcase recognizes achievement in architectural design for athletic and recreational facilities around the world. The Richmond Olympic Oval, chosen from 87 selected projects, was cited for innovative design, commitment to legacy, and having set the benchmark in design and functionality.


Vancouver Heritage Awards

Submissions are invited for the City of Vancouver’s 2011 Heritage Awards, which acknowledge special accomplishments, projects and efforts that have furthered the goal of heritage conservation in the city. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the city’s Heritage Conservation Program. Nominations will be accepted for:

  • restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive re-use or continued maintenance of a heritage building or structure, a significant interior of a heritage building, or characteristic features of a heritage building or structure;
  • use of innovative engineering techniques or restoration/conservation methods in upgrading a heritage building or structure which may include seismic upgrading; preservation of a heritage landscape or other natural feature; heritage advocacy of a group or individual in the preservation of a heritage site or increasing public awareness of heritage issues;
  • publication, education program, exhibit, or activity that promotes heritage conservation;
  • and efforts in community or neighbourhood revitalization tied to heritage conservation or awareness.

Eligible projects must have been completed within the last six years, and those that have previously received a City of Vancouver Heritage Award are not eligible. The deadline for nominations is January 14, 2011. For detailed information and nomination forms, visit http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/heritage/awards/awardsinformation.htm.


IDC/IIDA Leaders Breakfast

You are invited to attend the 2011 IDC/IIDA Leaders Breakfast sponsored by Interior Designers of Canada and the International Interior Design Association. This event marks Vancouver’s first ever participation in this longstanding international speaker series. Taking place in conjunction with Buildex Vancouver 2011, the second of eight stops on the 2011 breakfast series is expected to attract a full house of designers, architects, media, government representatives, and other influential business leaders. Former NHL star and Olympian Trevor Linden will speaking on leadership and community, while IDIBC President Robert Ledingham of Vancouver’s Ledingham Design Consultants will receive the 2011 Leaders Award n recognition of exemplary leadership in the profession of interior design. It happens Thursday, February 24, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre. For additional information and tickets, visit idcanada.org or call 1-800-334-1180.


AIA Home Design Trends Survey

Results from the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2010 reflect a new emphasis on multigenerational homes in light of the slowed housing market throughout most of the United States. Emphasis has shifted from large-scale developments to infill projects that address transportation and commercial needs. For a more detailed analysis of the survey by AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker  Hon. AIA, click here.


New CCDC Construction Management Contracts

The new CCDC Construction Management Contracts are now available in electronic format. Ordering information can be found here.

CCDC 5A – 2010 Construction Management Contract – For Services
Standard contract between owner and construction manager for which the work is to be performed by trade contractors. The construction manager acts as a limited agent of the owner providing advisory services and administering and overseeing the contracts between the owner and trade contractors. CCDC 5A replaces Canadian Construction Association (CCA) standard contract document 5 – 1998.

CCDC 5B – 2010 Construction Management Contract – For Services and Construction
Standard contract between owner and construction manager whereby the construction manager provides pre-construction advisory services to the owner and then undertakes actual construction. In that case, the construction manager engages trade contractors as subcontractors and is responsible for their performance. At the outset, the work is performed on an actual-cost basis, plus a percentage or fixed fee which is applied to actual costs. The parties may agree to exercise the following options: Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), GMP Plus Percentage Cost Savings, and conversion into a Stipulated Price Contract.

CCDC 17 – 2010 Stipulated Price Contract for Trade Contractors on Construction Management Projects
Standard contract form between owner and trade contractor to perform the work for a single, pre-determined fixed price. It is a companion document for use where the project is performed under the CCDC 5A Construction Management method of contracting. CCDC 17 replaces CCA 17 – 1996.


Whistler Blackcomb: Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience

Save $5 per person on your Whistler PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience. The journey between the two Mountains provides a 360-degree window into Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment, its surrounding peaks, changing seasons and wildlife habitat. To learn more about this, and other Club AIBC offers, visit: http://www.aibc.intrd.com/index.php.


Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Old School: Courses for Building Conservation

This fall, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation presents an educational series that explores the strong connection between working with existing buildings and being “green”. These courses explore how repairing, re-using and recycling buildings and their materials can be the least invasive strategies in relation to environmental impact. Participants will also learn what related resources are available in B.C. For more information including a course listings, dates and fees please visit http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/oldschool.html.

Core LUs Available


Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Drafting / CADD Technologies – Professional Upgrading and Training
AutoCAD®     Revit Architecture®

This course offers customized training for professionals in CAD-related professions. Using up-to-date online training tutorials, professionals can work at their own pace to complete the material for each level of software training. The instructor will work individually with course registrants to explain complex concepts, trouble shoot problems, and assess/give feedback and direction. Professionals are invited to bring in samples of the type of drawings they would like to create, and the instructor will assist in obtaining a satisfactory result. Upon mastery of course material, A Recognition of Achievement will be awarded and the course will be added to each participant’s Kwantlen transcript. Progress and courses completed will vary by individual. Training is purchased in 12-week (36-hour) blocks for $495 + HST per block. The cost of online training material is $100 + HST per year (includes all Autodesk® software). It takes place January through June 2011 at the Kwantlen Cloverdale Campus. Courses are held Tuesdays from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Online distance training can be provided in appropriate situations. For more information, please visit http://www.kwantlen.ca/trades/cadd/upgrading-training or contact CADD Department Chair Joanne Massey by email: joanne.massey@kwantlen.ca or phone: (604) 598-6123.

36 Core LUs


Construction Specifications Canada Vancouver Chapter: O Tannenbaum Breakfast Meeting and Mini Trade Show Seminar: BC’s Wood First Legislation

CSC – Vancouver Chapter invites you to its December breakfast meeting and mini trade show. Presenters Brian Hawrysh, CEO of BC Wood, and Werner Hofstatter of Wood Enterprise Coalition will examine BC’s Wood First Act, introduced by the provincial government in October 2009 with the purpose of putting wood at the top of people’s mind for every construction project. The speakers will explain the rationale and objectives of the Wood First Act, provide an update on the environmental, socio-economic and project benefits of using wood, and discuss how the partners in the newly-formed Wood Enterprise Coalition (WEC) can be an invaluable resource. The seminar will be followed by a mini trade show. It all takes place Thursday, December 16, 7:00 – 9:30 A.M. at the Sandman Hotel, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. The cost is $48 ($32 for pre-registered CSC members and association executive directors). Register online at www.csc-vancouver.ca or by clicking here.
1 Core LU

Heritage Vancouver: An Evening of Celebration at Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business: A Vancouver Heritage Success Story

Simon Fraser University and the Heritage Vancouver Society invite you to celebrate the restoration of the former Merchants Bank Building (1915), a remarkable early 20th Century temple bank building that has been sensitively restored to its former elegance under the direction of Vancouver ’s Paul Merrick MAIBC. SFU President Andrew Petter, Heritage Vancouver President Donald Luxton and SFU Architect Lee Gavel MAIBC will be part of the opening celebrations. There will also be an opportunity to go behind the scenes with Luxton, Merrick and Mitch Sakumoto of Merrick Architecture to discover the ideas that shaped this splendid restoration along with the challenges faced. Learn first-hand why this award-winning restoration has been designated a City of Vancouver heritage site. The date is Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 500 Granville Street Tickets are $100 (with proceeds going to Heritage Vancouver), wine and hors d’oeuvres included. Payment may be made online (www.heritagevancouver.org/payments.html) or by cheque payable to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to Heritage Vancouver, PO Box 3336, Main Post Office, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3Y3. For those paying by mail, please contact Heritage Vancouver at info@heritagevancouver.org to confirm you spot.
2 Core LUs

Living Future 2011 –n Our Children’s Cities: Visualizing a Restorative Civilization Green Building Council

The Cascadia Region Green Building Council is hosting its fifth annual unconference. Living Future 2011 takes place  April 27- 29, 2011 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. This forum brings together leading minds in the green building movement in search of solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. Out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats provide innovative design strategies, cutting-edge technical information, and the inspiration needed to achieve significant progress toward a truly living future. For program details and to register, please visit http://cascadiagbc.org/living-future/11.  Early bird registration ends December 31.
Core and Non-core LUs Available

Cascadia Green Building Council: High Performance Commercial Office and Institutional Buildings

Cascadia Green Building Council is pleased to offer this new full-day workshop designed for architects, engineers, owners, developers, designers and builders involved in high-performance commercial office and institutional buildings in British Columbia. This exciting workshop, being held jointly with the BC Hydro Powersmart New Construction Program, is scheduled for Thursday,  February 17, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver. For complete details or to register, please visit http://cascadiagbc.org/events/2011/feb/workshop-design-high-performane-commercial-buildings.
7 Core LUs


BEEP Module I: Building Science and the Building Envelope (Available Online)

Topics for Module I include:

  • The Outdoor and Indoor Environment
  • Conditions Within the Envelope
  • Materials and Their Moisture Content
  • Rain Penetration
  • Pressure Differences Due to Wind
  • Predicting Building Envelope Performance

For more information, please contact Professional Development Coordinator Linda Nielsen at lnielsen@aibc.ca  or (604) 683-8588, extension 312.

18 Core LUs