USA Market Update – IBS Show Report

Posted by Dave Farley
April 12th, 2016

 

A few comments, suggestions, and ideas that may be of interest to the industry…
Anyone who has spent some time in Vegas knows that it can be a little weird, but even I was surprised by the orchestrated mayhem that took place during the recent International Builders Show. In no particular order, here is what was happening in Sin City during an average Thursday in January. Along with the IBS and the Kitchen and Bath Show, Las Vegas also hosted SHOT, the world’s largest gun show, and the AVN adult Video Conference, which all made for some interesting people watching. Add in the opening of the Jennifer Lopez concert series, and filming of the new Bourne Identity movie – complete with an exciting car chase down the strip…. Vegas had it all going on.

As for the International Builders Show, it can summed up in one word from BC Wood Board member and CEO of Norelco Cabinets, Peter Raja, the event was “excellent”. Over 117,000 industry professionals in the residential and light commercial construction sectors attended the 3 day trade event and conference. In fact, this year’s attendance was the highest in recent memory and is reflective of the relative strength of the US housing market. For the next event in 2017, the IBS moves East to Orlando, Florida. While that city certainly lacks the energy and chaos of Las Vegas, the region is currently experiencing strong growth in residential construction. BC Wood will have a large contingent of members showcasing product in the coordinated “Wood Products Pavilion” at IBS next year.

For more information on upcoming events or contacts into the US market please feel free to contact me at dfarley@bcwood.com

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Specifiers Program Update

Posted by Roy Manion
April 12th, 2016

As March 31st marked the end of our 2015-16 fiscal year, this article will be a year-end review on the Specifiers Program. 2015-16 was a very full year including Lunch & Learn sessions, Group Seminars, Factory Tours, the US Pacific Northwest Workshops, Alberta Workshops, and the Wood First Forum at the GBM.
Specifier Lunch & Learn Sessions:
42 Lunch & Learn sessions were held throughout the year. The trend of implementing two 30 minute sessions instead of a single 60 minute session continued to resonate with Specifiers and Industry alike. The spilt this past year was approximately 50/50.

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Spotlight: Arostegui Studio

Posted by Rumin Mann
April 12th, 2016

 

Arostegui Studio designs and manufactures original and eclectic furniture in Victoria, BC. Arostegui Studio was founded by furniture designer and maker, Cristian Arostegui G. His Chilean background in architecture and advertising, complimented by the fine furniture program at Humber College in Toronto, helped him to refine his ability to design and handcraft his own furniture pieces. The blend of South American influences and creative/technical training materialize in to highly unique, personal, and versatile furniture designs.

Their goal is to create original and unique furniture with a focus on social and environmental sustainability. They utilize a blend of materials (wood, metal, glass, concrete, resin), colours, and textures, making every effort to provide unique and different pieces. Cristian strives to keep all manufacturing local. Components of the pieces are sourced largely from Victoria, with occasional support from other parts of Vancouver Island and Vancouver. By keeping manufacturing local, their goal is to generate better cooperation among Victoria’s business community and support a sustainable and capable industry on the island.

One of their most iconic furniture designs, the Sofi Bench, recently won first place in the Prototype exhibit at the Interior Design Show West in Vancouver. The Prototype Exhibit is a juried platform competition at the IDS West, a showcase of North America’s next generation of designers. Professional and student designers present both to-market and conceptual works. Ten participants from an extensive list of applicants were carefully selected to compete in the prototype competition.
For more information, visit their website: www.arosteguistudio.com

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Emerging Ways to Promote Your Trade Show Presence Or Event

Posted by Rumin Mann
April 12th, 2016

Skyline Tradeshow Tips

If you show up at a marketing event or trade show and no one visits your booth, you probably won’t consider it a success. With so many platforms and companies fighting for attendees’ attention, it’s not enough just to show up, you should be promoting your trade show presence early and often. How do you know which platforms and marketing channels are the best for your business? There are many factors that go into deciding how you should pre-promote your attendance at an event, including budget, staff resources, and time. Here are some of the most practical ways for you to promote your trade show presence this year.

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The Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) at UBC is pleased to announce that it will lead a technical tour to London, UK and Helsinki, Finland from June 10th to 18th 2016 to visit architectural projects that showcase world-class innovative wood design and construction, culminating in attendance at the Forum Wood Building Nordic 2016 at Aalto University. The Forum is part of the Holzbau conference series which was established 20 years ago in Garmisch, Bavaria and has become the leading conference on timber construction worldwide. This will be the fourth event to be held in Scandinavia. CAWP led a group to the event in Trondheim, Norway in 2014 and participants were very impressed with the high quality of the conference itself and the strong relevance of the subject matter.

The tour will focus on the sustainability, performance, cost and energy-efficiency benefits that wood can bring to contemporary construction practices in both the residential and non-residential sectors. A wide range of architectural projects will be visited. The influence of modern engineered building materials such as cross-laminated-timber, glue laminated beams, passive house windows and prefabricated modular systems will also be of interest. AIBC  core learning credits available for this tour (approx. 30 credits)
If you are interested, we recommend that you complete the registration by April 15th to take advantage of the discounted rate. More information on the tour and itinerary can be found on the following link: Holzbau Information.
The following is the registration page for the event: Holzbau Registration
If you have any questions, please call Jason Chiu at 604 822-0082.

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If your company needs additional staffing for peak periods or special projects, the UBC Wood Products Processing Co-op Program has motivated and knowledgeable students available for summer (May to August or May to December) co-op job opportunities.
The UBC Wood Products Processing co-op students are qualified for positions related to:
  •          marketing/sales
  •          business process analysis/improvements
  •          engineering processes
  •          manufacturing
  •          quality control
  •          research and testing
  •          technical analysis
For more information on the program or to post a co-op position, please contact Sanya Sivic, UBC Wood Products Processing Co-op Coordinator, at sanya.sivic@ubc.ca or 604-822-4793.

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Intermediate Certification Course hosted by Timber Resoration Services Canada in Conjunction with Wood WORKS! BC

Who should attend: Bridge maintenance workers, inspectors, engineers and bridge asset managers, technologists and technicians.

What will be gained by attending this seminar:

  • understanding of advanced timber bridge non-destructive testing techniques
  • knowledge of timber bridge maintenance to extend longevity and reduce maintenance costs
Upon successful completion of the final exam you will receive certification as a Timber Bridge Intermediate Maintenance Restoration and Inspection Technician.

Date: April 27th and 28th, 2016
Time: 7:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Pacific Gateway Hotel, 3500 Cessna Dr., Richmond, British Columbia, Canada Red Cedar Ballroom C
Click here to download the registration form

Instructor: Dr. Dan Tingley Ph.D., P.Eng. (Canada), MIEAust CPEng, RPEQ (Australia)
Click here to read a Q&A about the course by the presenter

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Tradeshow Events for 2016-17

Posted by Brian Hawrysh
April 12th, 2016

BC Wood just received confirmation that funding for our 2016-2017 trade show and mission programs has been approved. Last November, BC Wood’s staff began the process with sector meetings that were intended to gather input on Industry’s marketing priorities. BC Wood took this input and put together a comprehensive package of market development activities. The proposals that resulted were submitted in mid-December to both Federal and Provincial funders for review and eventual approval.
The BC based tradeshows are yet to be officially approved, however, it is expected that they will be shortly. The balance of the proposed activities focus on expanding market share in the United States, while maintaining the hard won presence that we have gained in the Asian markets. Recognizing the on-going need to explore new and emerging markets, BC Wood has also scheduled missions and participation in trade shows in Mexico in August, 2016 and March, 2017. The Global Buyers Mission, our 13th, will be a highlight, with over 250 buyers coming to Whistler in early September.
I would like to recognize and thank the staff of BC Wood for the extra effort they put towards writing these funding proposals. The result was that BC Wood has another strong program of approved trade event activities for 2016-2017.
For those of you wanting to see the updated list of trade show activities, please visit the BC Wood website at www.bcwood.com and select Trade Events from the Programs & Services tab. Any comments or questions regarding these planned activities can be directed to me atbhawrysh@bcwood.com or by calling our office at 604-882-7100.

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Wood effective in seismic upgrades

Posted by Rumin Mann
April 12th, 2016

Journal of Commerce – March 23, 2016

Wood WORKS! BC has just completed a case study that shows that wood is an effective building material in the seismic upgrades of schools in coastal B.C.

“As our understanding of earthquake behaviour has evolved, more sophisticated approaches to the seismic design of buildings have been developed,” said Jim Taggart, the author of Seismic Design With Wood: Solutions for British Columbia Schools. “Well-designed, ductile wood buildings fare better and pose less risk to occupants than those constructed in heavier materials such as masonry and concrete.”

The seismic advantages of mass timber structures, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and nail-laminated timber (NLT), stem from the fact that the forces that are unleashed in an earthquake are proportional to the structure’s weight and wood is much lighter than either steel or concrete.

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Penticton company beaming with pride

Posted by Rumin Mann
April 12th, 2016

BC Local News – April 1, 2016

Structurlam Products LP is literally reaching new heights in its latest construction projects.That includes the 55-metre, 18-floor Brock Common student residence at the University of B.C. which will be the tallest wood structure in the world. The company is providing the structural components made from its innovative, state-of-the art solid cross laminated timber (CLT) product Crosslam.

“The first two floors are concrete and then 16 floors of wood. Right here in little old Penticton you’ve got some world-class projects going through,” said  Structurlam president Bill Downing. “All of it’s B.C. fibre, B.C. labour and it’s really a value-added story. This isn’t two-by -fours being shipped to China.”

Another feather in the company cap is the multi-million-dollar Rocky Ridge recreational centre being constructed in Calgary. There, the BC based Structurlam plants have been supplying the  materials for North America’s largest wood roof. At its widest point, the 27-metre beams, when fastened together will stretch about 90 metres across. Described by its architects as “inspired by the hills and ribbon horizon of the foothills region, the soft, curving undulations of the building create an open  and integrated facility.”
That translated into just short of an impossibility for those charged with the task of physically putting the pieces in place.”To see some of this stuff going through the shops is just mind boggling and not easy either, that’s for sure,” said Downing. “There are 2,000 pieces in it and no two are the same, it’s a really complicated roof.”

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