Message from the Chair
Tim Simpson

Several times during the month I think of things that would make an excellent "message from the chair"… however being busy and focused on other things I generally pay it nothing but a glimpse as I fly on by. Then there comes the day when it’s time to get a report ready and I find two things occur:
  • I start stewing like crazy, wishing I had at least taken the time to write the ideas down, and
  • I suffer a bad case of writer's block and my brain goes blank.
I am by nature a procrastinator, I have to work extra hard to schedule and prioritize my plans and goals. Even when I do this, I still seem to get kicked off the rails really easily when plans and activities get waylaid by waiting on others or technologies that don’t work like I expect.

I am so easily distracted that I work at limiting my distractions by muting my cell and disabling notifications on my phone and computer. I work really hard at structuring my day and maintaining an ongoing to-do list , which seems to benefit me in prioritizing my activities.

This also ties into one of the reasons I appreciate and rely on clear and concise specifications that tie into clear legible construction drawings. I really struggle when I am forced to try and interpret and perceive the writer or designer's intent because there is something missed or mixed up in either the specifications or drawings.

I know my product very well. If I am doing my job properly I will be educating those with whom I interact about how my product fits with its intended use and design. Failure on my part to do this can result in people having incomplete or wrong information to work with.

I am learning to write things down when they are requested; I diarize like crazy so that I don’t forget items of critical importance. I appreciate the education I have received and am receiving through my CSC affiliation that has helped me follow the logical progression of good specifications and documents. Slowly with time I am learning to do things when I need to do them so that gradually the tasks at hand are successfully completed and time for more endeavors becomes available.

I hope that by sharing my struggles it helps others understand we all struggle with something.

I am grateful for the things I have found that help me with my struggles. I appreciate mentors, associates  and friends that kindly assist with good advice and direction based on their experience and knowledge.
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Christmas Social

The annual CSC members' only Christmas Social will be on Tuesday, December 12 at the Craft Brewery.  We’re looking for event sponsors.  Attendance will be limited to CSC members and one guest/member at a cost of $20/person (plus fees/taxes).  Click SOCIAL to register as a guest or sponsor.  Thank you to the following sponsors:  

CSC IGNITE Student Competition 2017-2018
Kirsten Janes

The CSC IGNITE Committee is in the early stages of planning for this year’s Student Design Competition with hopes to make it bigger than last year with even more support from CSC Calgary Chapter Members.
This year, MRU's Department of Interior Design will be hosting the competition events in January 2018.
So far, this year’s committee includes the following CSC Calgary Chapter Members:
- Kirsten Janes, Acorn Design Concepts, Committee Chair
- Christina Sgaggi, Park Digital, Committee Member
- Peter Hiebert, Construction Specialties, Inc., Committee Member
- Tim Simpson, Longbow Sales Inc., Committee Member
- And, seven students who participated last year will be joining CSC and will serve as Student Ambassadors
We are looking for sponsors, mentors and judges from a variety of industry roles - we will be reaching out to each of our members. In the meantime, should anyone be interested in joining our committee, or wish to learn more about last year’s competition, please feel free to contact the Committee Chair, Kirsten Janes, at 403-606-5611 or via email at
The website will be updated soon for this year’s event where updates will be posted as they become available. Please visit it at: to view what last year’s competition was all about.
Save the date!  Connections Café will be Wednesday, March 7, 2018.  Are you interested in helping out the Connections Café committee, or do you have ideas and suggestions? If so, please contact Trevor Devnich or Johnathon Greenland.
Program Changes
We’ve had to juggle some program topics and dates.  Please note:
  • The Canadian Wood Council “Wood Construction and the ABC” will now be held on January 9, 2018 (instead of February). 
  • In February, rather than a technical dinner meeting, we will join the IGNITE student competition awards gala on Friday, February 9, to celebrate the best designs resulting from collaboration of Mount Royal interior design and SAIT architectural technology students.  The awards gala will be hosted at COI.  More information to follow! 
  • Connections Cafe will be on Wednesday, March 7.  Please refer to the Connections Cafe report for more information.
  • The April joint meeting with ABEC and GAMA will be hosted by GAMA on Thursday, April 12.
Construction Contract Administrator course
Adam Develter, CTR

If you are interested in becoming a certified construction contract administrator, this course is for you!  Classes will be held at S2 Architecture, starting in January. Time and date to be confirmed. For more information, contact Adam Develter at

The objective of the CCA program is to improve construction contract administration by providing education related to the administration and enforcement of contract requirements during the construction phase of the project.

This advanced level course will take the individual beyond the concepts introduced in the PCD course. The course is designed for those individuals involved in construction administration, including Contract Administrators, Property Managers, Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, Specification Consultants, Building Authorities, and Bonding and Insurance Agencies.

This course is a requirement for the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) designation.  Successful completion of the CSC Principles of Construction Documentation course is a prerequisite.

To register click:
Member News and New Members
Corinne Golding, FCSC RSW

Larry Shoesmith is unable to continue as the CSC liaison to the Calgary Construction Association.  If anyone is interested in taking on this role, please contact Tim Simpson.
Congratulations to Kirsten Janes, who was presented her Chapter Award of Merit by Chapter Chair Tim Simpson, at our November meeting.  Kirsten was instrumental in organizing and putting on the Chapter's first student competition.  She continues to bring new ideas to the Chapter, including the format for the Specifier.

I just received my CSC membership renewal notice in the mail yesterday. 25 years as a member of CSC have flown by......five years as a member of Atlantic Chapter, and 10 years each in Winnipeg and Calgary.  Over those 25 years, I have developed a network of trusted advisers, many of whom I call friends.  Renewing my CSC membership is a "no brainer".  Where else will you find people from so many different parts of the design and construction industry all in the same association?  I encourage you to renew your membership!  Thinking of retiring?  For only $25/year, you can maintain your CSC membership with full benefits, and at the same time encourage one of your coworkers to join.  
Sponsor a CSC Meeting
For $125 you receive:
  • Acknowledgement at the registration desk
  • Product display and table centrepiece featuring your product or service
  • Advertisement in one issue of the Specifier newsletter
  • Ongoing discussion with key industry people during the meeting
  • Opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation at the meeting
  • One complimentary dinner meeting registration
To book your sponsorship, contact Debbie Lucas at 
Take part in public review of the building codes

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites all interested parties to take part in its fall 2017 public review of proposed changes to the 2015 editions of Codes Canada publications from November 6, 2017 to January 2, 2018.

This second public review of the 2015 code cycle focuses on changes being proposed to the 2015 editions of the National Building Code (NBC), the National Fire Code (NFC) and the National Plumbing Codes (NPC).
The proposed changes address issues related to:
  • Fire protection in Part 3 of the NBC and in Part 5 of the NFC
  • Earthquake design in Part 4 of the NBC
  • Structural Design in Part 4 of the NBC
  • Environmental separation in Part 5 of the NBC
  • Farm buildings occupancy classification
  • HVAC in Part 6 of the NBC and the plumbing in the NPC
  • Housing and small buildings in Part 9 of the NBC
  • Encapsulated mass timber construction
  • Hazardous material and activities in the NFC
  • Asbestos in the NBC and the NPC
With an interim change planned for publication in late 2017, no changes are being proposed for the National Energy Code for Buildings this public review.

Of particular interest to some Code users, the 2017 public review introduces a recommended approach to update the provisions related to farm buildings. A task group on Farm Buildings is reviewing risks and hazards related to farm buildings in a multi-phased approach. The work will update design requirements for large farm buildings and other structures like silos and grain bins, and move them into the NBC. The initial phase introduces a new major occupancy classification, Group G agricultural, with different divisions, as farm buildings can include a wide variety of uses that do not fall neatly into one occupancy classification.

The NBC currently has two construction types, combustible construction and non-combustible construction. Developers, architects, engineers and builders across Canada are seeking additional options for buildings permitted to be of combustible construction and there is an increased interest in the positive environmental attributes of wood. A third construction type is proposed for inclusion in the NBC and NFC called Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction (EMTC).

Explanations of the proposed changes, as well as instructions on how to submit comments, are provided on the website. Following the review, all comments will be considered and recommendations on the proposed changes will be made.
Calgary's New Central Library
Our March meeting will be a construction tour of the new Central Library. 
The one-year countdown to the opening of New Central Library is now underway! Calgary Public Library, CMLC, the Library Foundation, and the City of Calgary announced the countdown at an event November 7. New Central Library will open in November 2018 in the burgeoning community of East Village.

Here are some new Central Library facts:
  • The City of Calgary has been planning for a new Central Library since 2004, when it first devoted funds to study future library needs.
  • Throughout 2012, more than 16,000 Calgarians participated in an extensive public engagement program to provide input into the function of the New Central Library and the role of the Library within the community.
  • The building’s architects are Snøhetta, an international firm, and Calgary’s DIALOG, while CMLC leads the construction.
  • The 240,000 square foot building has five levels that will contain about 600,000 items.
  • Construction began in 2014 with a real feat of engineering: encapsulating the LRT. It was the first time in Calgary’s history an active LRT line was encapsulated and used as a foundation for a building above.
  • A webcam keeps track of every construction step by capturing a photo every 10 minutes.
  • The final steel beam of New Central Library’s skeletal structure serves a dual-purpose; it’s a time capsule of steel. In March 2017, nearly 700 library lovers of all ages inscribed the massive beam with messages of congratulations and inspiration for future generations.
  • New Central Library is a fully-funded $245 million project, paid for by the City ($175 million) and CMLC ($70 million). The Calgary Public Library Foundation’s Add In Campaign allows donors to enhance collections, programs, and services across the entire Library system.
CSC Edmonton Chapter

If you have plans to travel to Edmonton in the New Year, CSC Edmonton will be hosting its annual Curling Funspiel in January.
For more information go to: 
Interior Designers of Alberta events
Chapter Events
September 12, 2017
TTMAC Update

September 13, 2017
3rd Annual Golf Tournament

October 10, 2017
Radon: Is your countertop really radioactive?

November 14, 2017
LEED v.4

December 12, 2017
Christmas Social - Members and guest only

January 9, 2018
Wood Construction and the ABC

CCA course - starting mid-January

February 9, 2018
IGNITE Awards Gala

March 7, 2018
Connections Café

March 13, 2018
Construction Tour - New Downtown Library

April 12, 2018
Joint meeting with ABEC and GAMA

May 8, 2018
Annual Chapter Meeting

Chapter Executive
Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR
Tim Simpson
Trevor Devnich
Officer - Spec Writer:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Officer - Interiors:
Kirsten Janes
Officer - Manufacturer/Supplier:
Matt Girling
Officer - Trade Contractor:
Tim Simpson
Officer- Education:
Adam Develter, CTR
Calgary Construction Association Liaison:
Jonathan Greenland
Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR
Membership Officer:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Program Chairman:
Glenn Trost
Jason Gensey
Newsletter Editor:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Debbie Lucas
Disclaimer: The opinions and comments expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect the official views of Construction Specifications Canada. Also, appearance of advertisements and new product or service information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services featured.
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