VICA has grown again: Meet Fiona Uson, our Summer Student

Fiona Uson has joined us from UVIC's Gustavson School of Business for her co-op term and will be with VICA from June 1st to the end of August. She just finished her third year of university and is working towards her Bachelor of Commerce degree, with an interest in accounting. School and professional aspirations aside, she said sports have played a huge role in her life and is particularly interested in tennis, soccer, volleyball, and basketball — so much so that she coached summer soccer camps and her high school bantam girls volleyball team. She has also played the guitar since Grade 3!

Fiona is based out of VICA Victoria and will be working with Dawn and Kelly this summer to help you make the most of your membership. She'll be calling all VICA members to learn about what you do, interesting projects you've worked or are working on, awards you've won, and who the best people are to relay specific information to, such as training and education, industry events, and our project bulletin and pre-bid report. She'll also be inputting data in your company's member profile in our digital directory, which acts as a secondary website, if you have one, driving traffic to your site.

Fiona Uson

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September 07, 2018

Port Alberni Awards Largest Construction Contract in Municipal History

On September 4, 2018, Council for the City of Port Alberni unanimously passed a motion to award the main construction contract for the upcoming Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades project to Tritech Group for $17,128,429.53 plus GST - the largest construction contract awarded in the City of Port Alberni’s history.
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August 24, 2018

New BC Building and Plumbing Code

The new BC Building and Plumbing Code will be effective December 10, 2018 and will apply to building permits applied for on or after that date. The BC Fire Code is anticipated to be adopted in the fall of 2018 and effective December 10, 2018. Buildings with permits in place under the previous 2012 BC Building Code will generally not be affected by the adoption of the new code.
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July 27, 2018

REPOST: Pattullo Procurement Strategy Takes BC Construction a Bridge Too Far

The new Pattullo Bridge Community Benefits Agreement patently illustrates what is unfair with our current government’s policy decision to mandate the nature and extent of procurement requirements in major public construction projects. For BCCA, an association that hinges its principles on fair, open and transparent procurement practices, this agreement is taking public policy in construction tendering a bridge too far.
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July 23, 2018

[Op-Ed] Dana Taylor: B.C. needs prompt-payment legislation for contractors

When was the last time you bought groceries and told Save-On Foods that they would have to wait a couple of months before you would pay them? It would never fly. Trade contractors in British Columbia — those who build the structures in which you live, work, play and study — must also pay their expenses on time. But to get paid for their completed work, they must routinely wait and wait and wait.
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