Summer is just around the corner which means we are in for some extreme heat. Granted it might only be for a week or two being that its Alberta. None the less, as construction professionals we need to be prepared in order to prevent heat stress.
Safety first! Right?
So, what constitutes extreme heat? Well, any temperature that invokes the desire to sit poolside in a lounger, with a cool beverage in hand, while slathering yourself in sunscreen (or oil, depending on your preference) and working on your tan. A place where you can enjoy the sun and stay cool – not a construction site.
However, as you know the ‘building’ must go on.
Did you know, your body works optimally when its core temperature is at 37°C?
There are many factors that affect your core temperature. Hence, its need to regulate through sweating and shivering, usually at the most inappropriate times. Factors such as air temperature, radiant heat, relative humidity, moving air, physical exertion, and clothing. Some of these you can control and others you can not.
It’s even more complex this time of year as your body has not acclimatized to the weather yet, which can make you more vulnerable or suspectable to heat stress.
It is important to be aware of the early signs of heat stress so they can be treated right away. Symptoms included: headaches, confusion, dizziness, heavy sweating, muscle cramps and change in breathing or pulse. Funny enough, those are the same symptoms you experience on a first date.
It is both you and your employer’s responsibility to create a safe work environment. There are many ways you can adapt your work to still be productive and remain safe. Below are some tips for working in extreme heat.
What YOU can do:
1. Dress in suitable work clothing for the heat, this doesn’t mean tank tops and cut off shorts. Save those for the weekend.
2. Using protective equipment designed to reduce stress.
3. Drink plenty of water, that means 1 cup per 15 mins approximately.
4. Use sunscreen, a damp bandana or hardhat liner to keep your head cool. We vote for the damp bandana, at least you look cool.
What an EMPLOYER can do:
1. Assess the work environment and identify where heat might be an issue.
2. Create a work/rest schedule to reduce sun exposer.
3. Minimize physical activity during peak times of the day.
4. Provide adequate time to acclimatize to the weather.
5. Create a cooling station for team members to rest.
Heat stress is not a joke and needs to be taken seriously. In extreme cases, it can lead to hospitalization. That is not a win for anyone: you, your work, or your family. So, make sure you take care of yourself. If you feel your work is unsafe due to hot temperatures, then let them know or call OHS contact center.
It’s going to get hot, stay safe, work safe and enjoy the summer.
District Ventures and Calgary-staple Sunterra Market have joined forces to support Canadian entrepreneurs in the food and beverage sector. Sunterra Market opened its new location on Thursday, March 7th adjacent to the District Ventures space and will feature the innovative products of the District Ventures companies both there and in its other seven locations.
District Ventures is a business accelerator that helps entrepreneurs in the food, beverage, health and wellness industries grow their companies. This unique partnership with Sunterra will not only give these entrepreneurs the opportunity to test their products with consumers but will also add to Sunterra’s existing lineup of local goods by offering its customers a pipeline of innovative new food and beverage products. As the leading accelerator in its space, District Ventures attracts and works with companies from across Canada, which will offer Sunterra high quality and locally produced products from coast to coast.
“This collaboration demonstrates what is possible when a real link is created between innovation, capital, programming and marketing support, and commercialization,” says Arlene Dickinson. “What we’re doing is a first for Canada and will tangibly benefit entrepreneurs and companies in the food, beverage and health space. As consumers tastes and demands continue to turn to more localized artisanal brands, we will be there to provide them.”
The Price family, who founded Sunterra, are no strangers to the challenges and joys of entrepreneurship. Sunterra has grown from an independent family farm to serving thousands of customers in grocery, catering and restaurant service across Alberta. Their commitment to work with great people who share their passion for food make them a perfect partner for District Ventures.
“Sunterra is proud to give these Canadian entrepreneurs space on our shelves and an opportunity to expand their presence. We are a progressive and innovative agri-food business that’s local, Albertan, Canadian – things Arlene is very passionate about and we are excited to collaborate with her,” says Glen. “We hope to help other entrepreneurs succeed and working with the leading accelerator in Canada in this space is one way for us to help do just that.”
Sunterra Market and Café, Kensington Road will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week with dine-in and takeout options.
Written by Kristy Nudds
Editor, Food In Canada
Originally published by foodincanada.com
United Way volunteers and supporters gathered Friday morning to enjoy a Community Celebration Breakfast. This event – presented by RSM in partnership with the Radisson Hotel Red Deer, and Olymel – recognizes the support of Central Albertans and celebrates the impact that United Way is making across the region.
The 2018 theme ‘Show Your Local Love’ was driven home this morning as many gathered to celebrate the incredible contributions of many supporters who have ensured visible and lasting change for our community.
United Way’s campaign objective is always to raise as much as possible to maximize the impact in the community. This year Central Albertans showed their local love by pledging $2 Million dollars in Central Alberta, with a few campaigns still to wrap up. This generous support will allow United Way Central Alberta to support programs that address the unignorable issues in our community.
“Thank you all for putting so much heart into making our 2018 campaign a success,” said Ron Sauve, volunteer Campaign Co-Chair. “We have acknowledged a few of our outstanding workplaces here today, but ultimately the success rests on the local love demonstrated by each and every one of you.”
Among those awarded at the Community Celebration Breakfast were the top three fundraising contributors: NOVA Chemicals, MEGlobal and Alberta Health Services. The Rising Star Award went to Costco for continued growth in fundraising and participation, and the Innovation Award went to Scott Builders for their creative campaign initiatives.
“Whether you participated in a workplace campaign, are a corporate donor, gave individually, or gave generously of your time to support United Way Central Alberta, thank you for showing your local love. Because of you, United Way Central Alberta is able to make a positive impact throughout Central Alberta,” said Brett Speight, CEO for United Way Central Alberta. “Now it’s time for us to review applications and make the difficult decisions about where to invest the dollars raised during campaigns.”
Written by Duane Rolheiser
Originally published by Todayville.com
Completed in the summer of 2018, Alberta’s Valleyview Town Hall is the result of extensive collaboration between the municipality, the contractor, and a skilled team of designers including Scott Builders, Flechas Architecture, Marken Design + Consulting, Integral Group, Laviolette Engineering, Helix Engineering, and Kinnikinnick Studio. These parties worked together to target Passive House certification in a northern climate, aiming to create the first building in Alberta to achieve Passive House Classic certification and the first in the world to obtain Passive House Plus certification.
Located 350 km (217 ½ mi) north of Edmonton, the Town of Valleyview experiences a humid continental climate with long, cold winters and short, mild summers. Although temperatures can dip below zero from October through April, on average, local temperatures range from 22 C (72 F) in the summer to –20 C (–4 F) in the winter. Further, hours of sunlight in the region go from approximately 307.5 in the summer to 100.8 in the winter months. As a comparison, temperatures in Vancouver (the city with the highest number of Passive House buildings in Canada) rarely dip below zero and daylight hours range from 290 in the summer to 56.5 in the winter.
When the original town hall approached the end of its life, it became too expensive to run and maintain, as its heating systems could no longer keep habitable indoor temperatures in the colder months in an energy- and cost-efficient manner. The building also required significant interior renovations to update its functional layout, which would have required extensive system upgrades to meet the current building code.
Consequently, after considering the option of retrofitting and upgrading the existing building to extend its life for another 25 years, the town council decided on creating a new structure that would help lower operation and maintenance costs, as well as reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This building would also be more fiscally responsible, as its sustainable design would help minimize the costs of long-term operation for the next 80 years.
Learning from the experience the town manager, Marty Paradine, had with the Passive House standard, the council realized the financial and environmental advantages of building the new town hall to meet the standard. In 2012, Paradine participated in the development of the City of Fort St. John’s Passive House, an award-winning demonstration project in northern British Columbia that showcased the energy-efficiency potential the standard offers for single-family homes at a lower cost.
Passive House certification is a German green building standard published by the Passive House Institute (PHI). It combines energy efficiency with optimal comfort, long-term affordability, and good indoor air quality (IAQ). Achieving certification meant producing a long-lasting, high-quality building that would guarantee year-round thermal comfort and a 90 percent reduction in heating and cooling costs. Further, meeting the Passive House standard would allow the building to become net zero with a minimum investment and ensure it could stand the test of time in terms of quality, efficiency, and future building code amendments in case of expansion.
In cold climates, the standard aims to “reduce peak heating loads to facilitate the provision of high comfort levels with simple and reliable mechanical systems. The thermal performance requirements of the standard allow a building to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature year-round while using less than 15 kWh annually to heat or cool 1 m2 (10 sf) of useable space, limiting primary energy use for the structure’s full operation.
This reduction of primary energy use facilitates the transition to net zero by decreasing the amount of energy produced onsite. Further, due to the ‘passive’ nature of the Passive House standard, components are adapted to local conditions, so buildings can maintain interior temperatures for days without power. When it comes to resilience and durability, Passive House-certified buildings provide a responsible use of capital dollars. Saving on operational costs across the total life expectancy of a building, the standard allows taxes to be directed to more relevant priorities, such as social programs.
In 2015, the process of evaluating the construction of Valleyview’s new town hall began. After completing a preliminary design, the town opened the bidding process for a design-build contract for a Passive House building at a competitive price, which controlled the possible cost overruns innovative technologies often require. In 2017, the design-build contract was awarded to Scott Builders and the team of designers and consultants it hired (mentioned earlier in this article).
Adhering to the standard’s requirements, Flechas Architecture designed the Valleyview Town Hall by following key principles of flexibility, functionality, accessibility, comfort, and sustainability. These values allowed the team to overcome various challenges faced during the design services, permit, and construction phases of the project.
In northern climates, site placement and design optimization are extremely important, and even more so when it comes to the Passive House standard, as controlled solar gains help compensate for the regular energy losses of the envelope. Due to the extreme cold temperatures experienced in Valleyview in the winter, having a large site with a long side facing south allowed the team to capitalize on sunlight exposure and the necessary heat gains. Here, the configuration of the 2773-m2 (29,848-sf) site was perfect to accommodate the owner’s statement of requirements as provided by the town and fulfill the requirements of the standard. Meeting the Passive House standard in such a cold climate and on a site with little sun exposure would have been difficult, if not impossible, otherwise.
The relationship between the building form and window configuration plays a seminal role in achieving Passive House certification. On this project, meeting the standard’s requirement for space heating of 15 kWh/m2 per year necessitated additional attention to the energy performance of the building envelope. For this reason, careful design considerations were made regarding sun exposure and fenestration needs.
With the main entrance located on the west side of the lot, the rectangular massing extends eastward and exposes the long side of the building to the south, where all high-traffic working areas are located, maximizing the benefits of natural light in the workplace and providing views of the green area south of the building. The building’s orientation and simple layout are designed to achieve the optimal levels of sun exposure required to heat the building in the winter, helping maintain comfort indoors even when it is freezing outside.
Sun exposure also posed a challenge in the longest and warmest days of the summer, as the project team then needed to reduce heat gains and ensure steady and comfortable indoor temperatures without compromising spatial flexibility. To ensure both energy efficiency and controlled natural light, as well as manage heat loss, Passive House-certified windows with a G-value of 0.57 were specified. This means the windows corresponded to a gain of 57 percent of the inwardly radiating energy. The size and spacing of the windows were carefully considered to accommodate future changes to the functional layout throughout the extended lifespan of the building. Ultimately, fixed exterior solar shades measuring 914 mm (36 in.) were specified above all south-facing windows to control sunlight and potential heat gains in the summer months.
Due to local unavailability of commercial Passive House-certified door systems compatible with common commercial hardware, it was necessary to specify light commercial doors. Regular commercial doors are compatible with many types of hardware, including automated closers, card readers, and panic bars. Most of these doors, however, perform badly when it comes to energy efficiency and air infiltration due to poor details at unit construction, latching, and accessible thresholds. This substitution was only possible due to the small occupancy of the structure (a Part 9 rather than Part 3 building under the Alberta Building Code [ABC]).
Despite the advantages provided by the site’s orientation and fenestration considerations, the extreme winter climate conditions remained a serious challenge, as maintaining a steady indoor temperature of 20 C (68 F) while it is –40 C (–40 F) outside demands more energy than permitted under the Passive House standard. In cold areas, insulation of the whole building envelope, high levels of airtightness, and efficient frost-protection strategies are crucial to keep the interior warm in the winter without an active heating element like a boiler or furnace.
Adhering to the Passive House standard allowed this building to compensate heat gains and losses throughout the envelope by using solar energy (42 percent), internal temperature gains (34 percent), and heating (23 percent). The high levels of energy efficiency allowed for the installation of 28 kW of solar panels to fulfill the structure’s total energy needs.
To ensure airtightness, the building envelope was designed to complement the super-insulated, thermal bridge-free timber structure with a rain-screen system in order to help prevent condensation and future issues related to moisture and frost. The structure is composed of full-perimeter insulation with a U-value of 0.097 on exterior walls 38 x 235 mm (2 x 10 in.) wide and a 38 x 140-mm (2 x 6-in.) insulated cavity space wall with an R-value of R-58, 3.4 times higher than the R-17 required by ABC.
This design combines the positive features of orientation, fenestration, building envelope systems, and airtightness to effectively maintain comfortable indoor temperatures year-round. However, several design and material trade-offs were made to acquiesce with the requirements of ABC and the Passive House standard.
To maintain steady temperatures across the three levels of the building, ventilation specifications included a mix of outdoor variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems for cooling and heating and a high-efficiency energy recovery ventilator (ERV) with heat recovery. However, due to the climate conditions of Valleyview, the design team specified an ERV not certified by the Passive House Institute (PHI), resulting in a penalty on the performance values accepted by the Institute for Building Certification.
To improve the aesthetics and the contextual integration of the town hall, the main entrance is framed by a human-scaled canopy with a raised roofline, superimposed by a glass fiber-reinforced concrete (GFRC) wall on the second storey. This design results in an attractive, yet subtle presence at street level welcoming visitors to the facility. The main exterior finish of the building is phenolic panel siding on the visible south and east elevations and pre-finished metal siding on the north elevation.
Although the initial project budget did not consider government funding, designing to the Passive House standard provided access to provincial green building grants. For instance, energy-efficient buildings in Alberta are eligible for incentives helping bring down the initial investment for solar technology. A grant from Alberta’s Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) allowed for the installation of 25 kW of solar panels on the new building’s rooftop. With $18,000 of extra funding, the building is equipped to generate 26,945 kWh per year, maximizing operational savings and reducing GHG emissions by 17 tonnes (19 tons) per year.
Meeting the core principles of the Passive House standard, this state-of-the-art building ensures long-term financial and environmental sustainability for the Town of Valleyview. Moreover, the Valleyview Town Hall sets a precedent for the feasibility of Passive House-certified buildings in northern climates as a means to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fight climate change.
Architect, AAA, AIBC, CPHD, MRAIC
Originally published by ConstructionCanada.net
PHOTOS Oscar Flechas
What Starts a Conversation?
One noon hour about eighteen years ago someone stopped in at reception to drop off a sledgehammer. Since everyone else had gone to lunch I took it back to my office and set it by my desk. At some point in the afternoon, I planned to take it back to the shop. That was eighteen years ago, it still sits by my desk to this day. Like everyone else I have paintings on my walls and things I have collected over the years. Heck, I even have a Tardis, a BB-8 and the complete works of Gary Larson’s Far Side, but what creates the most conversation is the sledgehammer.
Leadership is about being accessible, being able to interact with everyone and to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable talking to the CEO. That’s not easy for some, and that includes the CEO, those three letters become an inhibitor to a lot of interactions. You can have an open-door policy, but you are still the CEO and with that comes the thought by others, that they cannot bother you, or they assume you really have no time for them. If the CEO believes leadership should be weaved throughout the company, then it is only natural that having time for others at all levels is one of the most import things he or she can do. It has been the sledgehammer that has assisted that open-door policy and why it still sits by my desk today.
Even the most hesitant will try and make a comment about the sledgehammer. Make a small joke at their own expense like ‘is that thing just for me’, or ‘that’s pretty scary’ or ‘what’s that for?’. I have a simple answer ‘it is a conversation starter and it just worked’ and thus begins a conversation. It may be about work but often, it is about family or sports or the news of the day or it could be a debate about who is better Queen or the Rolling Stones (for the record it is Queen). The contribution this old sledgehammer has made is it has lightened the mood and started a conversation. There is nothing special about this sledgehammer. No magic, it is just a sledgehammer but it is one amazing sledgehammer as it has the power to create a conversation with whoever walks by the office for the first time or has stopped in.
Leaders, no matter where they are in a company, must communicate about more than just the task at hand. If one only hears from their manager when the manager needs something done or if they have done something wrong, that is not leadership. Leadership is about growing those around you so that down the road they will excel and surpass the leader you are now. That means developing a relationship that creates an environment where growth and interaction can occur. Take the time to make time for others. This beat up old sledgehammer on occasion has been known to start that conversation.
Former President & CEO
Most companies today have developed their own core values. Whether plastered on the home page of their website or discreetly discussed in internal meetings, the identified values clearly spell out what is and is not acceptable to a company’s culture. But are they enforced as strictly as they are written?
Without knowing it at the time, I learned a great lesson on core values when I was in university some twenty-ish years ago. I was fortunate enough to play varsity basketball for one of the best coaches in Canada at the time. One of the reasons for his success was his adherence to the core values of the team. One of those values was that no player would receive preferential treatment, from the leading scorer to the 12th man. In one of our early season retreats, he told a story that has stuck in my mind to this day:
When Coach (I still call him this today) started out coaching in the 1970s, he moved his family from Newfoundland to Victoria to coach high school basketball. Not knowing anyone when they moved out, they quickly befriended a couple who had a son that played basketball. Lo and behold the son made Coach’s team, much to the parent’s delight. One of the team rules was that if you got caught smoking at school, you were off the team. The son, in a moment of teenage stupidity, got caught smoking one day. Word got to Coach and the son was informed of his fate. The father called up Coach and asked if an exception could be made, seeing as they were friends and all. Coach did not hesitate in informing his friend that the son was off the team, period. That decision ended the couples’ friendship.
I would have loved to have seen Coach’s wife’s reaction when she was told they would no longer be socializing with that couple. But ultimately she understood the reason and they moved on. If the star performer in your company clearly violated a company core value, would their employment be terminated?
If the answer is not immediately yes, then those values are worth about as much as the paper they’re written on. Core values are black and white in their intent, and managers have to enforce them as such for them to have a meaningful impact on the culture of a company.
The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is continuing to expand with the construction of a new Air Canada facility.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday morning on the 50,000-square-foot, $19 million building that will house Air Canadas ground support equipment service and cargo teams.
Edmonton is a strategic distribution point for the oil and gas industry here in the province, in this cargo facility, Kevin Howlett, Air Canada senior vice president, regional markets & government relations, said.
All of the necessary ground equipment that we use in the course of our airport operations, including our cargo operations, will be supported in this facility.
The airline signed a 15-year lease for the facility, which is expected to open in Sept. 2019.
Any time we’re growing air cargo here it really helps the region. There are so many jobs that get created in the import, export market as well as for logistics, EIA president & CEO Tom Ruth said.
Cargo is a really important component of even the passenger flights. The more revenue per aircraft, the more additional flights we get over time.
Air Canada said its cargo handled 3.2 million kilograms of goods in 2017 through its Edmonton facility, including pharmaceuticals, mail, art and oil and gas industry equipment.
It upgrades our current operation, gives it a more modern facility, far better working environment, better tools obviously for our staff to be able to do what they have to do and the current staff here will be moving into this facility, Howlett said.
EIA said Air Canada is offering more than 290 flights each week to 12 destinations in North America this fall, including direct flights to Las Vegas and San Francisco.
In March, Air Canada announced it was launching daily, direct flight options to Las Vegas from the EIA. The flights are scheduled to begin this Sunday onboard an Air Canada Rouge A319.
In late 2017, the airline launched a plan to provide daily non-stop, flights between Edmonton and San Francisco.
There’s been a lot of development at the EIA this year, including the opening of a Costco warehouse in August, the opening of the Premium Outlet Collection EIA mall in May and a new five-storey, 135-room and suite Fairfield Inn by Marriott is under development and scheduled to be complete in early 2019.
Ruth said there have been about 25 different investments at the airport over the past four to five years.
We’ve had about $750-million worth of private investment in recent years, since 2012, at the airport, creating so many jobs, thousands of jobs, 2,000 jobs this year alone, which is fantastic growth for our region, he said.
Last year, Aeroterm also opened a new 50,000-square-foot, $10-million cargo facility at the airport.
By Slav Kornik
Originally Appeared on the Global News website.
MAIN PHOTO (The Canadian Press): The tail of the newly revealed Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft is seen at a hangar, Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Many have dreamed of leaping from an airplane to experience the thrill of floating gently back to earth; but few have the courage to do it.
Early in the third quarter of next year, we will all be able to feel that sense of freedom — with no plane, no parachute and no jumping — in a tall tower under construction by Scott Builders.
The exciting simulation of true free-fall conditions will be offered in a safe, reliable vertical wind tunnel that is the creation of iFLY, a U.S.-based company that developed the technology to deliver Bodyflight and opened its first location in 1999. Today it has 37 towers in the U.S, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Being built in Deerfoot City — at 80 acres Calgary’s largest retail transformation that will also feature a central plaza, style district, food lodge and restaurant campus — the Calgary indoor skydiving experience will be the third in Canada, with plans to open others in Vancouver and Edmonton.
Rendering of the building that will be used to simulate freefall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. SUBMITTED
Scott Builders business development manager Patricia Verburgt, who was responsible for securing the work for iFLY, says the facility is a marvel of engineering that creates conditions allowing participants to fly on a smooth cushion of air, with the help of certified flight instructors.
The structure will also be fitted with a room for kids’ parties and to host corporate events.
iFLY is just one of a number of projects keeping Scott busy in Calgary and surrounding area. The company, which has been in business since 1973 in Red Deer, opened its Calgary office in 1990 and currently has a total permanent staff here of 40, including 17 in its northeast office.
Vice-president business development Hans Stroete is excited about the renovation and expansion Scott has underway at the Willowridge Community Association. Designed by Nyhoff Architecture, it will be a stunning building providing more attractive and accessible amenities that will make it a landmark and focal point for the community.
Industrial buildings were the foundation of the company and it is building a 20,000-square-foot facility for Trailcon Leasing in city-owned Point Trotter Industrial Park in the southeast sector of the city, and a similar one for the same owner is under construction in Edmonton.
Scott’s current project list also includes a 9,000-square-foot warehouse for Canada Malting in Bonnybrook, an 80,000-square-foot service centre with office for AltaLink in the hamlet of Janet, and a new concept for Sunterra.
Sunterra Kensington Market will be opening a bakery, deli and coffee shop in the building between Venture Communications and the Calgary Co-op Liquor Store on Kensington Road N.W., just to the west of Crowchild Trail.
The cannabis industry is also providing four major construction projects for Scott.
In the Didsbury area, it is building a 25,000-square-foot greenhouse and a 23,000-square-foot process and office facility. For Atlas Growers, it is building the 35,000-square-foot first phase of a cannabis plant in Lac St. Anne, and to the southwest of Olds College, Scott is project managing the first of four 50,000-square-foot pods by Sundial in conjunction with Modus, the Crossfield-based modular construction specialist.
The huge job requires 60 electricians, plus many more other trades.
The University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Management has a new program that builds interdisciplinary skill sets to give a competitive edge to new and recent grads. The Haskayne Master of Management is designed to jump-start early careers for non-business grads by providing an immersive 10-month experience in solving business problems. Jim Dewalt, dean of the school, says, “We have heard from employers and they want graduates who understand business factors in making organizational decisions, and we have heard from new grads who want to gain business skills to set them apart in their early career.” Catherine Heggerud, director of the new program, says, “Regardless of your passion, from archeology to zoology, it will build upon your knowledge of business skills that help you achieve your professional goal.” Master of Management offers a unique experience due to its cohort drawn from a variety of disciplines. Applications are open for the program that starts in May 2019.
Author: David Parker – Article originally appeared in the Calgary Herald.
MAIN PHOTO: Lauren Grivec, 15, enjoys the sensation of flying with the help of instructor Chris Andrews at iFLY Toronto indoor skydiving centre in Oakville, Ont., on July 16, 2015. iFly is building a similar facility in Calgary. MAIN PHOTO BY: ERNEST DOROSZUK/TORONTO SUN/POSTMEDIA NETWORK