Author: Scott

HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST

JOB SUMMARY

Scott Builders Inc. specializes in total construction services, offering a single point of contact for every phase of a project. Established in 1971, Scott Builders stands among the leading Design/Build Contractors in Canada. The success in our organization has been driven by our people. We provide an excellent work environment with substantial opportunity for individual growth. We are currently recruiting for the position in our Red Deer Corporate office of HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST.

The Human Resources Generalist primary responsibility is to administer and implement human resources programs and policies including talent acquisition and retention, employee relations, and any HR initiatives. This position operates with very minimal supervision and requires a high level of independent decision making. The position is located in Red Deer. Some travel will be required.

  • Build strategic relationships with our senior executive team to understand their priorities and deliver Human Resources solutions and services that align with Scott Builders policies & procedures and comply with Federal and Provincial employment laws & standards;
  • Provide coaching and support to Managers on issues such as: performance management, conflict resolution, employee retention, engagement and terminations;
    • Lead the full cycle recruiting process, ensuring the hiring process complies with Scott Builders standards, best practices and Employment Standards which includes:
    •  Job Postings
    • Review, sort and shortlist resumes received;
    • Perform prescreen calls and reference checks for potential candidates and provide further recommendations to hiring managers;
    • Create proper New Hire documents for presentation to the potential new hire;
  • Coordinate the onboarding and orientation of new employees with the branches;
  • Conduct exit and interviews to identify areas for improvement in retention and engagement;
  • Manage terminations as appropriate, escalate as required, produce documentation and work with the branch managers to support their objectives;
  • Remain up-to-date on existing and forthcoming legislation to determine HR impact on the Organization;
  • Participate in and conduct regular salary market analysis on compensation;
  • Participate in Human Resources Associations as required to maintain professional standards;
  • Attend relevant workshops, seminars and conferences and apply learning to workplaceSome travel required to branches located in Alberta.
  • Provide general administrative duties such as: creation of employee files, job descriptions, assignment letters, termination letters and filing;
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
  • CPHR designation or working towards.
  • Degree or Diploma in Human Resources field
  • 3-5 Year’s experience in a similar role
  • Experience with commercial construction would be an asset

 

APPLY NOW

Send resume, in confidence, to bethl@scottbuilders.com

Thank you in advance to those who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

POSITION MAY BE LOCATED IN RED DEER, EDMONTON OR CALGARY FOR THE RIGHT PERSON.

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Sunterra Market helping entrepreneurs

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

 

 

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United Way Celebrates the Local Love

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

 

 

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Passive House certification in cold climates

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.


Oscar Flechas

Architect, AAA, AIBC, CPHD, MRAIC
Calgary

 

 

Originally published by ConstructionCanada.net

PHOTOS Oscar Flechas

 

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The Ice Breaker

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.


Scot Rutherford

Former President & CEO
Edmonton

 

 

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Core Values: Are They Just Words?

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.


Patrick Crevolin

Operations Manager
Edmonton

 

 

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Air Canada opens new facility at Edmonton International Airport

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.

 

 

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Indoor skydiving to make Calgary debut

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.

Notes:

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

 

 

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Flagstaff County Maintenance Shop

 

Construction of the new Flagstaff County Maintenance Shop was completed on schedule and staff officially started working in their new quarters on Monday, June 25, 2018. Renovations are currently being conducted on the old shop.

Red Deer-based construction firm Scott Builders Inc. committed to using local contractors and suppliers on this project whenever possible. Here’s the final list of local and area businesses that were called upon for sub-contract work or supplies.

  • Pedersen Cabinet Works Ltd., Killam
  • Sedgewick Lumber and Building Supply, Sedgewick
  • Sedgewick Co-op Home and Agro Centre, Sedgewick
  • Wild Rose Co-op cardlock and bulk fuel, Killam
  • Forestburg Transit Mix Ltd., Forestburg
  • Forster Hydrovac Service, Killam
  • Battle River Ironworks Inc., Forestburg
  • Battle River Landscaping, Galahad
  • DK Home Improvements, Killam
  • Flagstaff Waste, Sedgewick
  • On-Line Locators Inc., Sedgewick
  • Bedevil, Killam
  • Battle River Plumbing and Heating Ltd., Camrose
  • A-1 Septic and Rentals, Camrose
  • Kinsella Transit Mix Ltd., Kinsella
  • Canwest Propane, Wainwright

Additionally, economic spinoff from the construction benefitted regional businesses, including restaurants, hotels and gas stations.

Background

The old Maintenance Shop was built in 1975. Since then, it has served as the Sedgewick-based hub of a distributed network of County facilities used to store equipment and materials to support a wide variety of County operations. Aging infrastructure and moisture issues with inherent health and safety concerns combined with a lack of space to maintain and repair a growing fleet of equipment – factors initially identified in 2012 – necessitated that the new shop be built.

The bulk of the project’s estimated $7.8-million cost is funded by Provincial MSI Grant funding. The remainder is funded through Building Reserves. No debenture borrowing will occur.

Construction began in September of 2017 in order to capitalize on cost savings and favourable market conditions associated with Alberta’s economic downturn. The project was slated to be completed by the summer of 2018.

The old shop will house graders, the County bus, and a wide range of equipment and materials. This extra space for graders will alleviate our need to lease storage facilities. A section of the existing shop will be renovated to house the Agricultural Service Department’s equipment and supplies.

Maintenance Shop Timeline

A brief overview of the significant events of the Maintenance Shop Project:

October 15, 2018 – Open House.

June 25, 2018 – Shop staff officially occupy their new quarters.

June 2018 – Cement is poured for the exterior concrete apron. Exterior painting is completed. An electrical inspection is slated for June 13.

May 2018 – Audiovisual equipment is installed in the training room. Furniture is delivered and in place. The change room lockers and appliances are installed. All plumbing and fixtures are completed in the office area. Shop, welding bay and wash floors are poured, sealed and cut. Wash bay equipment is installed. The truck exhaust booms are installed. Fire protection equipment is in place. HVAC system is activated. All overhead doors and the parts lift have been completed.

April 2018 – The office is painted. Office lighting, HVAC, millwork, and washrooms are completed, along with the epoxy paint, lights and HVAC in the wash bay. The shop floor is prepped for the cement pour.

March 2018 – Cement is poured for the shop mezzanine. Two of three sets of front office stairs and the shop link floor are installed. HVAC is installed in the shop area. Flooring is completed in the upstairs office. Installation of airlines, water lines and electrical begins in the shop.

February 2018 – The roof structure is completed. Overhead doors and two overhead cranes are installed in the bay area of the shop. Framing and drywalling is completed on the second floor of the office area. The shop mezzanine is installed.

January 2018 – Wall panels for the bay area of the shop are erected. Underground plumbing and electrical work is completed on the main floor of the office/operational portion of the shop. The electrical transformer is installed. Cement is poured for the office’s concrete main floor. On the second floor, the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) ducting and sprinkler piping is completed.

December 2017 – The office portion of the building is capped. Workers then focus on interior utilities and various finishes.

November 16, 2017 – The first wall panels are erected (for the office/operational portion of the shop, which will include meeting rooms, a parts counter and washrooms).

September 2017 – Construction begins. The pad foundation is constructed, the screwpiles are driven into the ground and new utilities are run to the site.

August 2, 2017 – County Council unanimously approves Scott Builders Inc.’s proposed drawings with a contract cost of $7,124,080.54 for the Maintenance Shop Project, plus the additional costs of $97,000 for the upgrades and renovations to the existing shop building for a total contract cost of $7,221,080.54. Council also unanimously approves the Maintenance Shop Project’s total estimated Class ‘A’ cost of $7,842,134.57 to include the following:

Scott Builder’s Contract Cost$7,221,080.54
5% Contingency   $361,054.03
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) Costs   $100,000.00
Geotechnical Investigation     $10,000.00
Site Topographic and Legal Survey       $5,000.00
3rd Party Quality Assurance Testing     $50,000.00

Project Management Consulting


     $95,000.00


Total Estimated Project Costs$7,842,134.57


May 24, 2017
 – County Council awards the contract for design-build services to Red Deer-based construction firm Scott Builders Inc. Scott was one of five companies that submitted proposals for the project. Council also approves the planned expansion of the shop yard, along with the removal and replacement of the security fence around the yard. A Public Works crew prepared the yard site to provide additional space to accommodate the new shop. Meanwhile, Wetaskiwin-based Elligott Construction Ltd., is in the process of erecting the new security fence. Elligott was one of three companies to bid on that project.

March 30, 2017 – Flagstaff County puts out a call for potential sub-contractors. As instructed, local subs interested in possibly being part of the project contact the County to have their information included on a list, which is eventually forwarded to Scott Builders after the contract is awarded.

March 15, 2017 – An information display is set up at Flagstaff County’s annual Public Open House, where residents are able to view sketches and ask questions about the Maintenance Shop Project.

November 24, 2016 – Flagstaff County issues a news release announcing plans to proceed with the Maintenance Shop Project.

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Field Operations Manager

JOB SUMMARY

To be a Scott Builders representative on site, to supervise and coordinate all on site day-to-day activities including but not limited to schedules, trades and safety in a professional manner. You will work closely with your project manager to ensure that projects are completed safely, on time, on budget, according to contract, specifications, drawings and scope of work. This position is for out-of-town work, primarily in Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie regions.

We are looking for an individual who has the ability to professionally and efficiently handle and administer multiple tasks as a leader and a team member, with excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience in the commercial/light industrial construction market.
  • Experience and understanding of the design/build process.
  • Experience with pre-engineered metal buildings.
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, MS Project, Outlook).
  • Experience in Estimating.
  • Professional written and oral communication skills.

EDUCATION

Journeyman or Red Seal Carpenter Ticket. A post secondary certificate or degree in the construction field is an asset, but not a requirement.

APPLY NOW

We invite you to apply online or to submit your resume in confidence by email to hr@scottbuilders.com or by fax to 403-346-5650, Attn:  Human Resources.

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