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Canada's top, award-winning podcast about the construction industry produced by the nation's leading construction industry publications the Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce.

We explore the issues, trends and gamechangers in the industry both domestic and international.

The Construction Record™ Podcast Warren Frey

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Canada's top, award-winning podcast about the construction industry produced by the nation's leading construction industry publications the Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce.

We explore the issues, trends and gamechangers in the industry both domestic and international.

    The Construction Record Podcast™ – Episode 347: interviews from the RAIC conference

    The Construction Record Podcast™ – Episode 347: interviews from the RAIC conference

    On this episode of The Construction Record Podcast™, digital media editor Warren Frey has two interviews from the recent Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s annual conference in Vancouver.
    The first interview features architects Graham McGarva, Richard Evans and intern architect Tatiana Vovchenko about their session about False Creek South, one of the first showcases of urban planning in Vancouver which is now looking to revamp by building in concert with the existing community rather than replacing it.
    The second interview is with Williams Lake First Nation chief Willie Sellars and M2 Architecture Inc.’s Michael McNaught, who discuss the Osprey Lake project, a multi-purpose structure in the City of Williams Like that acts as a gathering space, a restaurant and features several lofts meant to act not only as accommodation for visiting professionals but as a long-term recruiting tool to bring more people to the region.
    You can listen to our recent podcast about the Kansas City design scene and work on the CPKC Stadium here and our episodes are available at the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites, on Libsyn and at  Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music’s podcast section. Thanks for listening.
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    • 17 min
    The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 346: Kansas City design and CPKC Stadium

    The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 346: Kansas City design and CPKC Stadium

    On this episode of The Construction Record Podcast, digital media editor Warren Frey talks to designers and architects in Kansas City about the design culture of the city and region and the challenges and successes of building CPKC Stadium, the first ever women’s soccer stadium in North America and the home of the Kansas City Current.
    First, Warren interviews DLR Group principal and interior design leader Gretchen Holy and KC Global Design managing director Ashley McDonald about the vibrant and deep design culture of Kansas City, a modern city with deep roots in the U.S. Midwest as a commercial hub and link to both the west and east coasts of the country, as well as a hub for top U.S. design firms.
    The second interview is with Generator Studio’s senior project designer Jill Monaghan and director of interior design Christina Franklin, the driving force behind design for the KC Current women’s soccer team’s CPKC Stadium. The stadium was purpose built for the team and is the first of its kind, which meant a more welcoming environment and adaptability to other possible uses for the structure, as well as consciously building a smaller stadium to better harness fan enthusiasm.
    You can listen to highlights from the recent ConstructConnect, AIA and AGC of A economic webcast here and our episodes are available at the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites, on Libsyn and at  Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music’s podcast section. Thanks for listening.
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    • 29 min
    The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 345: The “What is Normal Anymore” economic webcast

    The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 345: The “What is Normal Anymore” economic webcast

    On this episode of The Construction Record Podcast™, digital media editor Warren Frey compiles highlights from the recent Construction Economy Outlook Spring 2024 titled “What is Normal Anymore?” and held online on May 9.
    The webinar, presented by ConstructConnect, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) featured ConstructConnect chief economist Alex Carrick and senior economist Michael Guckes, AGC chief economist Ken Simonson, AIA chief economist Kermit Baker and ConstructConnect vice-president of content acquisition Morgan Stinson and vice-president of product marketing Paul Hart.
    Baker looked at recent trends in construction activity as well as the outlook for this year and into 2025 and Simonson examined construction employment as well as material and labour costs and how much the industry is spending. 
    Stinson gave an overview of bidding trends seen in ConstructConnect’s data and Guckes took a look at the summer starts forecast for construction, as well as project stresses and the continued influence interest rates on the economy.
    Finally, Carrick did a deep dive on how demographic changes are shaping the economies of both Canada and the United States, as well as how upcoming election in both countries could affect the construction industry and overall economy and looked at rising costs.
    You can listen to our recent interviews from the Vancouver Island Construction Association annual conference here and our episodes are available at the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites, on Libsyn and at  Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music’s podcast section. Thanks for listening.
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    • 55 min
    The Construction Record Podcast™ – Episode 344: Interviews from VICA’s annual conference

    The Construction Record Podcast™ – Episode 344: Interviews from VICA’s annual conference

    On this episode of The Construction Record Podcast™, digital media editor Warren Frey has two interviews from the Vancouver Island Construction Association’s (VICA) annual conference held recently in Victoria, B.C.
    The first interview is with MNP Consulting Services partner Susan Mowbray who gave attendees a look at the current economic situation on Vancouver Island and explained where opportunities for innovation would allow the construction industry to adapt to changing demographics and an increasingly shrinking labour pool. She added artificial intelligence (AI) is an opportunity for employers to both streamline what they do but also compete more effectively.
    Our second interview is with Immigration, refugee and citizenship lawyer Sarah Goodman who spoke at the VICA conference about some of the pathways to hire skilled workers from overseas. She outlined not only well-known programs for temporary foreign work and pathways to permanent residency but also highlighted ways in which foreign workers with enough skilled trades experience in their home countries could obtain a Red Seal certification.
    You can listen to our recent interviews with industry reaction to the recent federal budget here and our episodes are available at the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites, on Libsyn and at  Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music’s podcast section. Thanks for listening.
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    • 16 min
    The Construction Record Podcast™ – Special: Federal Budget Reactions

    The Construction Record Podcast™ – Special: Federal Budget Reactions

    On this special episode of The Construction Record Podcast™, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with both Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) president Richard Lyall and British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) president Chris Atchison about the recent federal budget and its effects on construction and housing. 
    Lyall said the housing measures introduced in the 2024 federal budget will not address the regulatory hurdles homebuilders still encounter and that meaningful consultation with the construction industry and others doing the work was not pursued by the federal government in a meaningful way. He added the budget did not reflect the current economic realities at hand in the residential construction space and said plans to turn unused government buildings into residential housing is a good sign but will take years to implement.
    Atchison also expressed disappointment with the budget, noting a lack of infrastructure announcements which he stressed were crucial to develop at the same time as housing initiatives. He also agreed with other construction stakeholders that the budget seemed more a political statement than a realistic response to the ongoing housing crisis.
    You can listen to our recent interviews from the COFI 2024 conference in Vancouver here and our episodes are available at the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites, on Libsyn and at  Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music’s podcast section. Thanks for listening.
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    • 33 min
    The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 343: Interviews from COFI 2024

    The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 343: Interviews from COFI 2024

    On this episode of The Construction Record Podcast™, digital media editor Warren Frey has two interviews from the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) 2024 annual conference in Vancouver.
    The first interview is with Don Iveson, the former mayor of Edmonton and current executive advisor on climate investing and community resilience for Co-Operators Insurance. Iveson is also the co-chair for the Task Force for Housing and Climate and he spoke to the important ways both the current affordable housing crisis and the present and future climate change emergency are linked together and can be mitigated in an integrated fashion.
    The second interview is with Abacus Data CEO David Coletto. In his address to COFI 21024 delegates he revealed public perception of the forestry industry has changed in a positive manner because of a continuing wildfire crisis. Most of those polled in B.C. understood the industry’s role in mitigating wildfires when they occur and changing practices to manage forestry resources in a way that addresses ongoing risks, a big change from the public’s views of the industry in previous decades.
    You can listen to our recent interview with Stantec’s Jag Singh here and our episodes are available at the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites, on Libsyn and at  Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music’s podcast section. Thanks for listening.
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    • 18 min

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