Spring 2012

Questions for Candidates

Similar to the process we followed during last fall's PC Leadership contest, during this spring election campaign we have once again posed policy questions to the major political parties. The questions and responses can be viewed on the CAA website.

 

Group insurance plans available soon!

We are pleased to announce,  after months of research to source out the best possible options for our members, the Board of Directors has approved two group insurance plans for member firms:

  • Flexible employee benefits program
  • Comprehensive home and auto insurance 

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Alberta Infrastructure Debriefing Guidelines - now available

In an effort to establish best practices within their department, Alberta Infrastructure has been working with the CAA and other industry stakeholders to develop robust debriefing guidelines for implementation of their RFQ and RFP feedback sessions.   The first iteration of these guidelines is now being implemented. You may access a copy of the guidelines here.

The guidelines include the following:

  • Timeframes for a debriefing
  • Purpose of debriefing
  • Who may be in attendance
  • What type of information will and will not be divulged
  • Concern identification process
Several months back, the CAA provided extensive input to this process. One of the elements that we were keen to see included was the sharing of specific scores so that respondents are better able to identify their areas for improvement and thus be more competitive in the future. 
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Advocacy Update

The CAA has many volunteers from member firms who serve on committees sharing the goal of building a positive business environment for the practice of architecture in Alberta. Over the past several months, our committees have been tackling the following issues:

  • Engagement of specialty consultants by architects vs clients
  • Lack of honorarium within U of  A Design Build RFP
  • Covenant Health contracts
  • Alberta Infrastructure Debriefing process
  • Alberta Infrastructure project delivery decision matrix
  • AHS prime consultant agreement and other procurement issues
  • City of Lethbridge indemnity clause
  • Education of procurement specialists
  • City of Calgary - consultation on sustainable development
  • 2012 IPC Conference Planning
  • NWPTA fee cap
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Out-of-province Affiliate Memberships

In light of the growing diversity of the Alberta marketplace, we have considered how the CAA can engage the major out-of-province architecture firms that regularly do business in Alberta. Some of them are making considerable investments in our province and thus have a long-term vested interest in many of the same issues as CAA members. 

To this end, we have established a new class of Affiliate Membership for out-of-province firms.

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Sponsor Profile...

Excellence - Innovation - Passion - Respect are words to live by at Hemisphere Engineering.  Hemisphere has come a long way from the two-man operation it was in 1957. Now reaching across both hemispheres, Hemisphere has grown and adapted, embracing new technology and creating engineering solutions to meet the needs of the 21st century. But through it all, they have maintained and safeguarded the best from their past.

Cutting-edge technology and innovative designs provide heating and air conditioning, good air quality, serviceable plumbing, appropriate acoustics, proper lighting and reliable security, fire protection and safety systems – all the elements of a “liveable” interior environment.

Hemisphere’s founders worked hard, dreamt big dreams and knew the value of good ideas. They turned dreams to realities and built the company’s reputation for good quality, technical excellence and client service. This legacy continues today.

Sponsor Profile...

Our organization is unique and one we are proud of. 

Integrity, respect and trust are not words we print to impress people, rather it is what we believe. It is part of our culture. Trust is built in moments each day with our customers and vendors. Our humble beginnings taught us to work hard for every customer, and our philosophy is still the same today. We listen to our customers; we are now open at 6 am Monday -  Friday, and 8 am - 12 Noon on Saturdays (April through October). We have more staff, more delivery vehicles and more inventory to service you better than anyone else can.

We are Unicon, and we sell concrete specialty products and construction materials to professionals all over Alberta. If you are looking for the best, look no further. We are here, and we can help you succeed.

 

 

A SURE SIGN SPRING IS HERE:


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NEW MEMBER WELCOME

Momentum continues for the Consulting Architects of Alberta.  The following consulting architectural firms have recently become members. A hearty welcome to:



UPCOMING EVENTS

RBC Quarterly Economic Update: A Dialogue with Craig Wright:  Webinar on April 25                           
For more information, click here. 

 

The Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium - May 3rd - Calgary

Alberta's premier green building event celebrates 15 years.  Read more.

The Alberta Graduate Conference

University of Alberta - May 3 - 5th - This is a great opportunity for industry to meet potential employees and learn about innovative research from the province’s top graduate students.
More info here.


CEA / CAA / City of Edmonton Business Mixer
May 10 - Metro Billiards


Infrastructure Partners Conference 2012 - Partners in Progress: Sharing Perspectives
- Oct 29 & 30 - Westin Edmonton


 
NOTEWORTHY

AAA Practice Advisory Bulletin re: PWGSC Invitational Design Build Competition available here.


APEGGA notice re: suspension of professional engineer  ...read more here.


 
DID YOU KNOW?


The CAA has a section on our website for procurement resources? We have posted an RFP template that you might find useful if you have a client looking for some help in putting together their RFPs.

The CAA website also has sections for practice resources and market watch, tools and links. If you have any suggestions for how we can enhance these pages, please let us know!

Did you know that a CAA membership applies to ALL members of your firm?  This membership gives ALL of your employees access to all CAA events at MEMBER rates.  



GET INVOLVED!

Our committees need YOUR input!
Standing committees continue to tackle many issues on behalf of CAA's members. If you or anyone in your firm is interested in contributing your valuable perspective to key discussions, please contact us about these committees:

Procurement & Contracts
Co-Chairs:  Doug McConnell and Jan Pierzchajlo.

P3 Committee
Chair: Rob Black

Scope and Fees Task Force
(joint CAA / CEA Committee):
Chair:  Linus Murphy


 

THANK YOU TO OUR ANNUAL SPONSORS

Platinum Sponsors

Gold

Hemisphere Engineering

Silver

Challenger Geomatics Ltd.

Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Bronze

Autodesk Inc.

Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

 

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!

We have an updated annual sponsorship program. Ask us for details!

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