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The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 309: BCIT SoCE dean Dr. Guido Wimmers

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On this episode of The Construction Record Podcast™, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with Dr. Guido Wimmers, the new dean of the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s School of Construction and the Environment.

Wimmers talks about his initial impressions as he takes on his new role and his previous work both at the University of Northern British Columbia and in Europe, as well as his focus on wood design and sustainability. He also speaks to the partnership between trades training institutions and the wider construction industry and the potential of the school’s Trades and Technology Complex, the largest project in BCIT’s history.

Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce editor Lindsey Cole also joins the pod with a series of headlines from across the country, including a story from DCN staff writer Don Wall about the Downsview community development in Toronto, a massive 30-year project that will when completed provide homes for 80,000 to 110,000 new residents and 47,000 workers. She also highlighted a recent talk at the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction’s conference in Toronto about prompt payment from Soloway Wright LLP partner Dan Leduc where he said that while there’s a “scissor lift” for prompt payment, industry is still sticking to old habits or as he said is “still using a wooden ladder.”

Lindsey also highlighted our Demolition feature, including an article from John Bleasby about the circumstances in which decommission, deconstruction and demolition should be implemented. From the west, she highlighted a story about a B.C. court rejecting a legal challenge by a resident’s association to the large-scale housing development planned by the Squamish Nation at the foot of the Burrard Bridge in Vancouver. She also provided an update on the latest developments, with the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant Program, as Metro Vancouver appointed a task force to review available options towards completing the troubled project.

You can listen to The Construction Record on the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites as well as on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Amazon Music’s podcast section. Our previous interview with Soloway Wright LLP partner Dan Leduc about prompt payment in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada is here. Thanks for listening.

Downsview project will serve as transportation, building lab

There’s a scissor lift for prompt payment but industry still using a wooden ladder: Leduc

Decommission, deconstruction, then demolition, in that order

B.C. court rejects challenge to huge Squamish Nation housing project in Vancouver

Metro Vancouver to form North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant task force

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