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21:31:41 CSCeXpo2019

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Montage video recap of the 41st annual CSC Building Expo (21:31) shot live off the floor on February 27th, 2019.

I suited up and slew snowmaggedon on the Kitchener line GoTrain to Union Station, complete with all ten poster boards from last year’s design challenge safely in tow.

While frantically rummaging through pockets for my presto card, I caught a glimpse of Regional Councillor/City of Waterloo Mayor David Jaworsky waiting to board the train.Ā  Reflecting on his 2018 year-end interview with Craig Norris on The Morning Edition (*1) put a smile on my face despite an undertone of grumpiness for neglecting to make time for morning java.

20 sec markšŸ”– “Construction in Today’s Connected World” was the keynote address from Dr. Rick Huijbreigts, the VP of Strategy and Innovation at George Brown College.Ā  Dr. Huijbreights expands on the convergence of IoT devices in building automation systems with low-voltage PoE, smart lighting, cloud management and analytics, all protected by emerging cybersecurity operational standards (*2) Yep, caught myself smiling again even before the aroma of coffee reached the table.

It was refreshing to see so many student volunteers from the college engaged at the expo; serving the industry, asking questions and making connections. The train has indeed left the station

 

2m30s markšŸ”– Next stop on the tour we hear from Charles W. Skipper, partner at Foglar, Rubinoff LLP and no stranger to the Toronto Construction Association. The Queen’s University alumni cut his teeth articling with the Ministry of Attorney General before practicing commercial litigation at a major Toronto law firm.Ā  At Fogler, Rubinoff LLP since 1996, his expertise in the dynamics of construction and commercial disputes is highly sought after. Charles obtained his Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M) (Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution) from Osgoode Hall, York University in 1998, specializing in construction litigation. He is a Harvard Law School trained negotiator, a lover of ancient history, and a surprisingly funny guy with a decent throwing arm (not captured in this video) (*3)

āš– this is justice and I think it’s great, but I must say that I never had any idea in my life that you could ask so many questions for so long about so littleĀ āš–

 

6m06s markšŸ”–A sobering overview of changes to the Construction Lien Act including lien registration/perfection, holdback, trust fund obligations, prompt payment rules and interim adjudication (*4)

18m01s markšŸ”–Ā CSC Student Design Challenge: the top five entries of the 2018 design competition on display in the winner’s loungešŸ„‚

Cathie Schneider, Co-Chair of the CSC student design competition committee shares her enthusiasm with Michael Vervena as he demonstrates the use of iGuide’s 3D virtual tour of the 2019 Design Challenge site at 1655 Dupont Street in Toronto.

*1) Things that matter to Mayor Dave Jaworsky
*2) US legislation to improve IoT security
*3)Ā Bell Canada v. Olympia & York Developments Ltd., 1994 CanLII 239 (ON CA)
*4) Changes to the Construction ActĀ Ā 

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2017 CSC Student Design Competition

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ā€œPublic Collaboration &Ā Connectionā€

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Site: Catalyst 137Ā 

Ā 3D virtual site tour of 137 Glasgow Street

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Construction Specification Canada (CSC) Grand Valley and Toronto Chapters proudly present the 4th annual Student Design CompetitionĀ open to all current post-secondary school students in Ontario with an interest in construction-related activities such as architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design, construction management, innovative products, and manufacturing

Entries can be submitted by individuals, or by teams consisting of up to 4 people. Ā See Competition Documents for complete details:

Competition Documents

Registration closed on Karelo

1st place $2000.00

2nd place $1000.00

3rd place $500.00Ā 

Site: 137 Glasgow Street, Kitchener, Ontario

Situated 3 km SE of the University of Waterloo and about 1 km west of Googleā€™s new Kitchener Headquarters in the Innovation District. Ā The location has close proximity to the niche shops & restaurants at Belmont Village and borders the Iron Horse Trail, allowing pedestrians, cyclists and joggers to access the public space at the front of the building

Voisin Capital’s newest project is an ideal case study to expose young design professionals to a relevant and trend setting initiative. Use of the lobby, the public gathering space inside and the outdoor collaboration space will be the focus of the competition

Catalyst 137’s impressive 475,000 sq ft space will be purpose-built for makers, a concentration point for the talent, hardware engineering services and venture capital support required to build the next generation of IOT companies

In the News…

Kitchener Innovation District

Restaurant of the FutureĀ coming to Catalyst 137

Construction Canada Announcement January 18th, 2017

Kitchener Mayor supports Tech Sector & Strong Neighbourhoods

Catalyst 137 off to a Flying Start

Globe & Mail

Cantech letter June 2016

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Links…

Miovision

Voisin Capital

Zehr Levesque

Dfy Studio

SRM Architects

Open Data Kitchener

Belmont Village

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2016 WinnersĀ 

Archived Posts…

2016 CSC Student DesignĀ Competition

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act1Ā Scene1)

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act 1 SceneĀ 2)

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act 1 SceneĀ 3)

Link here andĀ here for the 2015Ā competition

Link hereĀ Ā andĀ here for the 2014Ā competition andĀ here to view full length Montage video