Chair's Message

The Calgary Chapter has exciting initiatives to garner increase in membership involvement, attract prospective young professionals, and improve overall member satisfaction. These include the Student Design Competition in January 2017 and Connections Cafe scheduled for February 2017.

In addition the education courses will continue to be offered to meet the needs of the membership. An in-class offering of Certified Technical Representative will be offered January 2017, online registration will be available soon. For any education inquiries please contact me; Stephanie Fargas at

October Meeting - Parking Structures and CSA S413

Please be advised the next meeting has been rescheduled and is now on Tuesday, October 18th back at the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club.  The presentation will cover the background behind the development of CSA S413 Parking Structures including the design philosophies and key issues involving parking structure performance and durability in design and operation.  Bryan Colvin, BSC, P.Eng. from Reed Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers will review design requirements for materials and detailing for new parking structures along with evaluation, maintenance and repairs of existing parking structure facilities. Registration available on chapter website. 
Tell Us What You Think

This is the second edition of the Calgary Specifier in its new format.  Please let us know what you think.  Make sure you “download pictures” when the email comes in so you can see the list of monthly meeting dates and topics, and a list of the chapter executive.  Please contact Corinne Golding at to pass on beefs and bouquets about the new format.
Golf Tournament Recap
- Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR

The CSC 2nd Annual Golf Tournament was held at the beautiful Lakeside Golf Club in Chestermere on September 14th, and once again Mother Nature blessed us with her presence.  Forty golfers participated in a scramble format, all competing for some great prizes. In addition to the contest prizes, we had some fun exchanging mulligans for excuse cards. The excuse cards were handed in at the end of the round, and the four golfers with the best excuses won prizes. This year’s event was once again a success and a great day of golf was had by all. 

We would like to sincerely thank and acknowledge our sponsors, supporters, volunteers, and attendees; without all of you accomplishing our mission simply would not be possible. 
A very special thank you to this year’s corporate sponsors:
  • Cart Sponsor: Crown Paint
  • Lunch Sponsor: Sika Canada
  • Hotdog and Pop Sponsor: Hydrotech
  • Hole-in-one: Calgary Harley Davidson
  • Hole Sponsors: Alberta Painting Contractors Association, IXL, Baillargeon, Cast Supply, Powerblast Canada, BASF, Calgary Construction Association, CertainTeed, Tremco, and Van Mason Coatings
  • Prize Sponsors: Armstrong, Alberta Roofing Contractors Association, Flynn Canada Ltd.
  • Registration Bag: MAPEI Inc.
CSC Calgary Chapters 3rd Annual Golf Tournament will be held on September 13th, 2017 at the Lakeside Golf Club in Chestermere.
Hole-in-One Harley
Angela Caponigro, CCA (DIALOG) on the "Hole-in-One Harley"
Wayne Yarjau RSW, FCSC (DIALOG) Teeing off for his shot at the Harley
CSC Golf Tournament
Welcome New Members

Welcome to Bryan Tunnicliffe, sales manager at Falk Panels Canada.  Please make sure you introduce yourself to Bryan at the next meeting.
September Meeting - Recap

Mitchell McMaster, project manager for PCL, gave a short PowerPoint presentation and then took 14 chapter members on a walking tour of the Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility currently under construction. The facility sits within a natural park with views of the city and mountains, tucked between a hill that reaches Calgary’s highest natural elevation and a reconstructed wetland. The approximately 26,385 m2 (284,000 sf) building is designed to complement the surrounding landscape.  Some highlights include TECU brass cladding, 300 wide by 1520 mm deep curved Douglas Fir glulam beams fabricated in Penticton, BC that support the largest wood roof in North America, and BEMO standing seam roofing.  The recreation centre will house competition pool and leisure pools, ice rinks, gymnasiums, fitness centre, library, theatre, and an outdoor basketball court and skateboard park.

Thank to PCL Construction Management Inc. for hosting this site visit, and to Sika Canada for sponsoring the event. 
Codes Canada 2015 Seminars

NRC will be offering seminars in various cities across the country on technical changes to the 2015 editions of Codes Canada.  For more information contact
The Alberta Building Code (ABC) 2014 and Alberta Fire Code (AFC) 2014 have taken effect and are now available from NRC. The new codes, which are based on the 2010 editions of the National Building and Fire Codes, replace the 2006 Alberta Building and Fire Codes. Publication of the Alberta codes by NRC is the result of a close working relationship with the province in code development.

The Alberta Building Code sets out technical provisions for the design and construction of new buildings. It also applies to the alteration, change of use and demolition of existing buildings.
New information has been added to ABC 2014 to make it more accommodating to innovation, including:
  • a new building class known as “B3” to address the demand for a more flexible range of care accommodation for an aging population, including affordable housing options for seniors and persons with disabilities;
  • new provisions to allow for the construction and fire protection during construction of six-storey wood buildings based entirely on the upcoming NBC 2015 and NFC 2015;
  • new building requirements to protect against radon gas; and
  • energy efficiency requirements for housing and small buildings.
The Alberta Fire Code complements the Alberta Building Code and sets out the technical provisions regulating:
  • activities related to the construction, use or demolition of buildings and facilities;
  • the condition of specific elements of buildings and facilities;
  • the design or construction of specific elements of facilities related to certain hazards; and
  • protection measures for the current or intended use of buildings.
AFC 2014 comprises many changes including new provisions to ensure fire safety and protection during the construction or demolition of six-storey wood buildings based entirely on the recently published NBC 2015 and NFC 2015.

ABC 2014 and AFC 2014 must both be considered when constructing, renovating or maintaining buildings. They are essential tools for building officials, professionals in the construction industry, and educators. Both are available now in print and electronic formats in the NRC Virtual Store. (reprinted from Construction Innovation, Volume 20, Number 1)
Canadian National Master Construction Specification (NMS)

NRC has assumed ownership of Canadian National Master Construction Specification (NMS) from Public Services Procurement Canada (formerly Public Works and Government Services Canada).

NRC aims to leverage its expertise in construction technology and codes development to work with industry to expand the scope, quality and use of NMS. It has started engaging key stakeholders in the federal government and the construction industry for their input.

For more information, visit the website or contact Jason Urquhart at 
Student Design Competition

Save the Date for the Student Design Competition!  January 27 - January 29, 2017 – SAIT MacDonald Hall, SAIT Campus, Calgary

Industry Leaders and Volunteers are needed for student competition mentorship: Spec Writers, Architects, Interior Designers, and Manufacturer Reps.

Teams from SAIT’s Architectural Technology program, and Mount Royal University’s Interior Design program will work collaboratively to build shared understandings and skills among schools, students and industry. 

With CSC Calgary Chapter mentors acting as “the bridge” between both schools and students, the competition is scheduled to take place “live” over January 27 - 29, 2017.   Part of the competition rules dictate that each design team must take one part of their design concept, and write a specification with the “logged” help of industry mentors such as specification writers, architects, interior designers, or manufacturer representatives who will be available for consult on each of the two days of the competition. 

Both Mount Royal University Interior Design professors and SAIT School of Construction academic chair are in full support of this 2017 CSC Student Design Competition and are fully engaged, ready to help and fully participate with CSC in  this 2 day event   For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Gale LeBlanc,
CSC Calgary Chapter's 1st: Student Design Competition
Calgary Construction Association Liaison Report
- Larry Shoesmith, CTR

Happy Fall everyone. We find ourselves busily preparing for another great Calgary Chapter season and in my role as the CSC Liaison to the Calgary Construction Association, I would like to provide the following report.

Fort Fort McMurray is beginning its recovery and the CCA has provided $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for this effort.

The City of Calgary has introduced a Maintenance Bylaw and will be enforced January 1, 2017. This essentially means that building owners are responsible for inspecting the exterior of buildings of five floors and more and owners are expected to ensure building exterior wall and roofs are safe to protect the public. More information can be found on the City of Calgary website.

The CCA has joined the Lean Construction Institute and the Grand Valley Construction Association is the only other Canadian construction association that is a member. 

The CCA has also joined the Canadian Construction Innovations group. 
Mark your calendars for Buildex Calgary and the CCA breakfast November 3rd, 2016. Also check into the Owners Architects Engineers and Contractors workshop presentation offerings at (NOT .ca)

In the mid-90s CCA was instrumental in developing a COLD WEATHER CONSTRUCTION MANUAL. Currently industry representatives are in the process of publishing the 3rd Edition of the Handbook which covers the following topics: Cold Weather Indicators, Project Execution Plan, Frost & Foundations, Concrete in Cold Weather, Temporary Enclosures, Heaters & Burners, Temporary Use of Permanent Facilities and Tips & Money Saving Ideas.

Congratulations to recent gold seal certified recipients: Joshua Baker CSC BRT Construction, Faizur Khan Estimator Flour Canada, Matthew Klassen Estimator Ledcor, Jeremy Starner CSC Aecon, Patrick Lealess Project Manager BMP, Jesse Cubbberley Superintendent Ventana Construction, Malcolm Weston CSC Evolution Glass, Evan Lewis CSC ITC, Laura Fawcett Project Manager CANA, Dallas Schneider CSC Saipem Canada, Shailesh Dholakia Estimator Lear, Lorcan De Barra Superintendent Trotter and Morton, Rodger Willcot CSC Worley Parsons, Clint McBride CSC Eagle Canada, Ali Farhat CSC Quadra, Mark MacEachern Project Manager Graham

Finally, don’t hesitate to visit the CCA calendar of events at 
Mark your calendars now!  Calgary Chapter will be hosting its first Connections Café on February 15, 2017.  Connections Café provides a great opportunity for design and construction professionals to network in an informal atmosphere over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  Guest speaker, before networking begins, will be Stephen Revay, FCSC, CCC, CFCC.  Steve has conducted numerous seminars on construction disputes to owners and contractors alike; prepared or evaluated productivity and schedule analyses, including quantification of claims on construction projects throughout Canada, the United States, the Middle East, Asia and South America. He is an expert witness in both litigation and arbitration, and has acted as both a mediator and as arbitrator on different disputes. 

The venue is limited to 18 table-top sponsors.  More information to follow!  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Connections Café chair, Gale LeBlanc at 
Chapter Executive Vacancies

A number of chapter executive members are wearing multiple hats, and there are also some vacant positions including vice chair, and newsletter editor.  If you are interested, please contact Stephanie Fargas,  Job descriptions are available.  Sylvie is looking for someone to replace her as treasurer and is willing provide training.

Thanks to Jason Gensey, CGC Inc., who has taken over as webmaster from Milenko Varjacic.  (Best wishes and many thanks to Milenko as he relocates back to Ontario.)
We Want Your Feedback

Sylvie Dzikewich, chapter director, will be attending the CSC fall board of directors meeting in October.  If you have any concerns, or questions for Sylvie to share at the meeting, please email her at before October 11th.
CSC Edmonton

Tuesday October 11, CSC Edmonton will host a morning talk that delves into proper lightning protection system design and application as it conforms with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

To register, or for more information, go to

Interior Designers of Alberta


Urban Encounters Table Top Trade Show 
Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., BMO Centre Stampede Park, Calgary. Free for members, $5.00 for non-members (cash only).

Fashions & Interiors: How Jhane Barnes Designs
Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. BMO Centre Stampede Park, Calgary - Quarter Horse Room. Jhane will be speaking about her inspirations and design approach based on mathematics and custom design software, which allow Jhane to express her imagination and dreams into textiles.  RSVP to Sandie Zobell at 
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