VRCA excellence

VRCA celebrates construction excellence

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) celebrated the finest in B.C.’s construction industry at its 30th Annual Awards of Excellence.

This year’s competition attracted 205 nominations representing more than $2 billion in construction value. A total of 26 awards were presented including 15 Gold Awards, nine Outstanding Achievement Awards, a Heritage Award and an Innovation Award.

“VRCA’s Awards of Excellence showcase the best of the best,” said Fiona Famulak, president of the VRCA. “B.C.’s construction industry is the crown jewel in Canada’s construction landscape. The Awards contest allows VRCA to recognize the industry for the dedication and professionalism it brings to the construction of the complex, state-of-the-art buildings and infrastructure that we use every day.”

Standout projects included the BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project Phase 2 that received three Silver Awards and one Gold Award. UBC Brock Commons Phase 1 Student Residence also won three silvers, one gold and the special-recognition Innovation Award. In addition, Parq Vancouver earned five Silver Awards and one gold.

In addition to winning two Silver Awards, Ledcor in joint venture with Balfour Beatty won the Gold Award in the General Contractors Project over $50 Million category for the BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project Phase 2.

This year, the judges reviewed and recognized two truly impressive project submissions deserving special recognition. Graham Infrastructure LP received a Heritage Award for its work on the Burrard Bridge Rehabilitation, while Urban One Construction Management Inc. received an Innovation Award for UBC Brock Commons Phase 1 Student Residence.

“One of the joys of judging is being able to identify trends that reflect the state of the industry” said Bob Proctor, co-chair of the Awards of Excellence Judging Committee. “This year, we saw how the use of technology on job sites is continuing to expand, with more contractors installing computer terminals and using tablets for such things as drawing reference and real-time access to change orders. We also saw wood used in new and innovative ways.”

For full list of winners, visit VRCA.

All winners will be featured in the November/December issue of Construction Business.

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