Specifier Program Update

Posted by Roy Manion
July 17th, 2013

The summer continues to be quite brisk for the Specifiers Program. During the first two weeks of July, we held two Lunch and Learn sessions, one at Henriquez Partners Architects and the other at KMBR Architects. Both were focus sessions and both were initiated by program participants. Also, this was the third time we had been to each of these firms providing information on a variety of topics, which we are doing with many firms throughout the architect community.

We concluded the seminars and factory tours on Hybrid Wood Curtain Wall Window Systems, a topic that received overwhelming interest from the architect community.

Architect Institute of America (AIA):

Last week, we received notice from the Architect Institute of America that BC Wood has been accepted as a Registered Provider. However, much has to be done before we can present our first session. Beginning in March of this year, AIA instituted a program whereby all new AIA Registered Providers have to go through a process regarding the various aspects of being an AIA Registered Provider. This includes our having to go through 8 hours of “Prerequisite Training education” that we need to complete within a set period of time. We expect this all to be done within the next couple of weeks.

Alberta Association of Architects (AAA):

We have also sent in our application to this association and they have acknowledged our application and are currently reviewing it. We also expect this to be completed within the next couple of weeks.


I am sure that you will see several articles regarding the GBM in this and future editions of Wood Connections. As mentioned in our last article, Scott Thompson in our office is taking on the lion’s share of the Architect Program at the GBM (you will find details under the heading of “Wood First”).

The only thing I want to mention is that architect registration is considerably ahead of where we were this time last year. Also, for a significant number of architects who have registered, this will be their first GBM. Both of these developments bode well for the Wood First Architect Program at the event.

Skwachays Lodge in Vancouver  In the last Wood Connections, we presented the opportunity for companies in our industry to connect with six of Vancouver’s top commercial interior designer firms and at the same time support a great cause. I have been requested to repeat the article so here goes:

If you are interested in assisting First Nations in a very worthwhile endeavour and at the same time develop a relationship with six of Vancouver’s leading Interior Designers then read on.

There is a renovation that is taking place at Skwatchays Lodge in Vancouver. The plan is to re-position the lodge as Canada’s only Aboriginal arts hotel. Once completed, guests can immerse themselves in First Nations culture by staying in the arts hotel, having breakfast in a fine art gallery, and perhaps participate in a workshop with the artist who created the room. To accomplish this, six aboriginal artists are teaming up with six of Vancouver’s leading Interior Designer firms with each team tasked with designing and furnishing 3 rooms. For their part, the Interior Designers are donating their services and are now soliciting donations from BC’s furniture, millwork, and cabinet industry in the form of a piece of furniture, a cabinet or a vanity as part of the renovation. They are not seeking large volumes from a single manufacturer, but rather have multiple manufacturers become involved with a donation of just a single piece. All those who donate will then have the opportunity of meeting and working with the various designer firms.

The first of these opportunities will be on August 8th when Skwatchays Lodge will be hosting a meet and greet event. All Interior Designer firms along with the aboriginal artists will be attending. This will be a thank you party for all those that have donated time, money or goods, and also a way to introduce them to most of the Interior Design firms that do hospitality design in Vancouver.

If you wish to become involved in this project or require additional information, please contact Vicki Pearson of Porada Design Group atVicki@poradadesign.com or myself at rmanion@bcwood.com

As always, should you want more information on any aspects of the Specifiers Program please let me know by contacting me at rmanion@bcwood.com .

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