Making the most of opportunities presented by large projects

2014-03-23


How can the local construction industry adapt to take advantage of the opportunities presented by large projects such as the North Island Hospitals Project or BC Hydro’s John Hart Generating Station replacement?

That was the question of the day when the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) hosted “Own the Opportunity” at the Old House in Courtenay, a talk show-styled panel discussion about the various issues and opportunities associated with mega projects.

NIHP Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow, left, speaks during a panel discussion sponsored by the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA). Next to Sparrow were, from left, BC Hydro's Stephen Watson, Houle Electric's Ross McLean, BC Construction Association Chair, VICA CEO Greg Baynton and moderator Stephen Andrew.

NIHP Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow, left, speaks during a panel discussion sponsored by the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA). Next to Sparrow were, from left, BC Hydro’s Stephen Watson, Houle Electric’s Ross McLean, BC Construction Association Chair, VICA CEO Greg Baynton and moderator Stephen Andrew.

“I was very impressed by the participation of the VICA members, the turnout, the quality of questions and the general support we  received in the room, for both our project and the John Hart Project,” Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow said afterward. “I also felt that these sessions enable us to really help provide insight to the VICA membership which will also help them as they work closely at developing business contacts and strengthening their relationships with the  various contractors that will be working on our project over the next three to four years.”

The luncheon meeting continued the NIHP pattern of local business consultations and involvement. Sparrow has been involved in other business panel discussions as well as making numerous presentations to industry associations, chambers of commerce, young professionals and more. Last May, the NIHP team joined the local Chambers of Commerce and VICA to stage “speed-dating” events in Campbell River and the Comox Valley to bring prospective businesses, trades, suppliers and others together with the three proponents then competing for the NIHP  contract.

“The speed dating in both communities laid the groundwork for building on those relationships between the selected proponent and the suppliers, the tradespeople, the service companies, all of the organizations that are operating in these communities,” Sparrow said.

With the naming of Tandem Health Partners as the selected proponent, ‘opportunities fairs’ are being planned for Campbell River and the Comox Valley, to bring the selected proponent and local interests together in advance of construction of the two new hospitals. Details about the opportunities fairs will be announced as soon as they become available.

 

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