On this episode of The Construction Record Podcast™, digital media editor Warren Frey has two interviews from the recent Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C. Innovation summit.
The first interview is with Brad Burnett, the executive vice-president of ITC Construction Group, who was on a panel titled The Future of Construction is Pre-Construction. He explained how he went from an estimator with the company to a one-man department and how over the ensuing years pre-construction has grown in importance and points the way forward for the industry. The second interview is with Amy Marks, the executive vice-president of technology firm Symetri USA who is known on social media as the Queen of Prefab. Marks keynote was called The Evolution of Industrialized Construction and she pointed not only to the opportunities as construction becomes more modular, standardized and digitized but also the challenges on the way since large tech players such as Amazon and Google may involve themselves in both the data and supply side of the business.
We also have headlines from the Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce, including news about the Western Clean Energy Sorting and Recycling Facility, a new 42,000-square-foot facility in Kincardine, Ont. which was opened by Laurentis Energy Partners (LEP) in partnership with EnergySolutions Canada. John Bleasby’s latest Legal Notes column says objective analysis determines contract repudiation and in U.S. news, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced its most frequently cited workplace safety standards for 2023 and fall protection — general requirements remains at the top of the list.
From the west, Calgary’s industrial real estate sector is gaining traction as a distribution hub. With distribution space asking rates considerably lower than those in Vancouver and Toronto, the past year has seen Calgary’s industrial market maintain a robust health, notably in Q3 2023, and recent findings from the Fall 2023 Energy Sector Survey highlight a prevailing sense of optimism within the Canadian energy industry.
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