November 2013

APEGBC Vanc Branch Breakfast: Evolution of Design-Assist

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Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 6:30 AM-9:00 AM: Breakfast Seminar: Evolution of Design-Assist
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel Vancouver 655 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $60.00

Non-Member Price: $65.00

Student Member Price: $25.00
Topic: " The Evolution of Design-Assist: A Panel Discussion"
Breakfast Seminar: “The Evolution of Design-Assist: A Panel Discussion”
Date: Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Time: 6:30 – 7:00 am – Registration and Networking
7:00 am – Breakfast served
7:30 – 8:45am – Panel Discussion Moderated by Richard Harris P.Eng., PMP, LEED AP      
9:00 am  - Closing
Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

The Evolution of Design-Assist: A Panel Discussion

Moderator: Richard Harris, B.A.Sc, P.Eng., PMP, LEED AP BD+C is a Vice President of MHPM Project Managers Inc.
As Vice President of MPHM, Richard Harris provides the vision and operational leadership for the company across the Pacific region. Richard has 20 years’ experience in the planning, development and construction industry. He is regularly called upon as an expert resource to clients, committees, executives and boards with respect to his insight, knowledge and practical experience with project delivery methodologies. His recent project experience includes the new Canada Post Pacific Processing Centre at YVR, the new City of Calgary library, and the new RCMP Division “E” Headquarters.  Richard is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), a Project Management Professional (PMP), a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a former chair of the Vancouver Branch of APEGBC.
Description: “Design-Assist” is increasingly being used inside the project environment as a means to engage specialized trade input early into the design process. It promises cost, schedule and life-cycle benefits for the owner. So what is it and how does it work? What are the roles, responsibilities and risks?  When is it appropriate and how do you contract for it? Hear answers to these questions and others from a panel of industry experts, including a contractor, engineering consultant, trade contractor and lawyer. Learn the ins and outs of using Design-Assist as a method of delivering projects, practical lessons learned from panelists’ hands-on experience, and important issues to address.    


Andris Ozols, P.Eng., LEED AP is Design Manager at Bird Design-Build Construction.

Andris has over 30 years’ experience, in the planning, development and construction industry. Currently with Bird, Andris is involved in the pursuit of Design-Build, and P3 projects, and responsible for the integration of Design Management into the construction process of successful pursuits.  His most recent projects include Hay River Health Centre, Canada Post Pacific Processing Centre at YVR, and RCMP E Division Headquarters. Andris is a Professional Engineer registered in British Columbia, and is a LEED accredit Professional.

John Urquhart, BBA, TQ Plumber, Gas "A" Fitter, is President of Canstar Mechanical.

John has over 25 years’ experience in the BC construction industry. His recent Design-Build project experience includes the new Canada Post Pacific Processing Centre at YVR, the new Sysco Freshpoint Processing facility, Langley Corporate Center, the Nutrination Production Facility and Sandel Foods Processing facility.

Owen Pawson is the Managing Partner of Miller Thomson's Vancouver office.

He practices as a solicitor with the firm in construction law. He assists governments, crown corporations and a variety of construction companies, architects, engineers and interior designers to identify issues and resolve conflicts in construction law, develop commercial arrangements for traditional design-tender-build projects through to major design-build and engineer, procure and construct facilities, as well as public private partnerships projects. In this regard, Owen has been involved in the preparation of procurement processes and complex contracts necessary to implement design-build school projects and major transportation infrastructure projects by way of design-build, P3 and EPC contracts. He also advises clients with respect to professional liability of design consultants and has prepared professional consulting agreements for a variety of projects.

Stuart Hood will also be present as an industry expert to share his experience on Design Assist.
Cost: $60 for members
$65 for Guests
$25 for MAPS (students)

Registration: Seating is limited so please register ASAP. For more info, contact: [email protected].
Credit: 1.5 Professional Development Hour (PDH)

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