Announcing the Sonia Saari Memorial Scholarship
CPCI is pleased to announce the Sonia Saari Memorial Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Under a new agreement with Mitacs, CPCI is offering two scholarships at $20,000 per year, renewable upon satisfactory approval for a second year, for a total of $40,000 each. The Sonia Saari Memorial Scholarship is available for graduate or post graduate Civil Engineering students in the field of precast or prestressed concrete related research, design or construction. The student must have achieved a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a Canadian accredited program by the summer of 2021.
CPCI is Pleased to Announce the Winners of the First-Ever Wellness Bench Design Competition for Students
CPCI introduced the first-ever Precast Concrete Wellness Bench Competition for Architectural and Engineering students in September 2020 as a pilot project. For the first year, the competition was open to students from Dalhousie University, Carleton University, the University of Manitoba and Guelph University. This year’s theme focused on Wellness and submissions had to carefully highlight the opportunity that precast concrete offers in terms of construction, safety, structural strength, design innovation, social value, maintenance and durability. We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's competition!
Recognition of Excellent Leadership – Peter Quail, Chair, Quality Assurance Council (QAC)
The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) and the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association (CCPPA) recognize Peter Quail, President of Pre-Con Brampton, for his dedication, commitment and his leadership as Chair of the Quality Assurance Council (QAC) for the Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program.
The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Manitoba (CME) and the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) are Proud to Announce a Memorandum of Collaboration
Ottawa, Ontario - August 6, 2020 – The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Manitoba (CME) and the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) are pleased to announce a recently signed Memorandum of Collaboration to establish a partnership that is mutually beneficial. As part of the partnership, CPCI will receive the status of “Associate Member CME National Training Services” with CME and CME will receive the status of CPCI Affiliate Member. The partnership with CME will align to the goals and priorities of the CPCI Sustainability, Productivity and Safety Committee to establish best practice recommendations for Lean manufacturing and to explore a Lean transformation support model for the precast concrete industry.
CPCI Launches New Learn on Demand Prefab Precast Concrete Educational Video Platform
March 11, 2020 –Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) is thrilled to announce Learn on Demand Prefab Precast Concrete, a new and free platform for educational videos.Learn on Demand Prefab Precast Concrete is a continuing series of interactive educational videos geared towards architects, engineers, real estate developers, academics, students, government officials and construction professionals who want to learn more about precast concrete products and services. Participants must answer questions relating to the video content to advance the video and verify participation. Upon completion the viewer will be sent a certificate of participation to qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or Continuing Education Credits (CECs).
Acknowledging a Job Well Done - Andrea Boddy Managing Director, CPCQA Certification Program
CPCI and CCPPA would like to thank Andrea Boddy, Andrea Boddy Consulting, for her dedication, commitment and particularly her leadership as Managing Director of the Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program. In 2017 CPCI and CPCPA announced a new joint venture to establish an independent entity for an enhanced and expanded third-party administered and audited certification program for both prestressed and non-prestressed precast concrete manufacturing facilities across Canada. The CPCQA Certification Program has grown dramatically during Andrea’s tenure as Managing Director as she has overseen the growth of the new plant certification program from its launch to the largest Certification Program in Canada certifying over 80% of all precast concrete production in Canada. The CPCQA Board and CPCQA’s two member associations, CCPPA and CPCI, are pleased with the CPCQA Certification Program’s evolution to date and look forward to seeing how the program will elevate the whole industry in the future. The Board wants to specifically acknowledge Andrea Boddy’s great work, dedication, and professionalism in setting up the organization.
The Precast Concrete Aesthetics Studio was the hit of the 2019 Buildings Show / World of Concrete
A desire for greater differences in aesthetics has grown as designers look to add visual interest and depth and colour and inlayed traditional material to precast concrete facades. The Precast Concrete Aesthetics Studio was an Interactive Hands-On Demonstration Studio which allowed visitors to create their own form liners, colours and stain precast concrete, as well as add thin inlayed brick to precast concrete panels all to create unlimited design options with amazing architectural colour, textures and depth effects.
Mitacs and the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) are Proud to Announce a Memorandum of Understanding
Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario October 17, 2019 - Mitacs and the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) are pleased to announce a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to leverage, expand, and formalize their existing and future partner collaborations. The MOU seeks to advance their common student network activities and incorporate relevant academic research for commercial R&D. Projects in this agreement are divided into three separate streams; Stream 1, National Graduate Student Scholarships; Stream 2, Precast Studio Program; and Stream 3, Collaboration in Research & Development Activities. The result of these efforts will have a direct impact on new career opportunities and will help build a future-ready workforce. Graduates have access to high-value highly skilled jobs through internships and commercial research that will significantly improve their domestic employment potential and contributes to a positive environment that encourages graduates to stay in Canada.
Announcing the CPCI 2019-2020 Scholarship Winners
This year, CPCI awarded four $1,500 Scholarships to undergraduate Civil Engineering students in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario and one $30,000 scholarship to a graduate student in Alberta.
Body of Knowledge (BOK)
The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) is the technical institute for the precast concrete structures industry. CPCI develops, maintains, and disseminates the Body of Knowledge (BOK) necessary for designing, fabricating, and constructing precast concrete structures. The BOK refers to the collective knowledge of an industry that is relied upon to design and build with a specific material or system. It is from this BOK that building codes, design guides, education programs, certification, and more are derived.
ABC Webinar Video Now Available!
Ken King from Hanscomb Limited, recently presented a webinar on the benefits of Accelerated Building Construction (ABC). The presentation is now available in a video format and you can view at a time that is convenient for you.
Precast Concrete Walls Best Practice Guide, Hanscomb Precast Concrete Product Costing Analysis and Precast Concrete Wall Thermal Performance Seminar Series Calgary and Edmonton
This full-day seminar will review the requirements of precast concrete building enclosures with an emphasis on the elements of design, detailing, construction process, thermal performance and costing analysis required to ensure a high performance precast concrete enclosure system.
CPCI and Partners demonstrate Sustainability at GreenBuild 2016
CPCI exhibited at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo last week as part of the North American Precast Concrete Industry, which includes Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and NPCA - National Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute.Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building exposition. The three-day event, which was held in Los Angeles Oct. 5-7, brought together thousands of attendees, including architects, engineers, contractors and developers. NPCA promoted the #sustainability and resilience of #precast #concrete as well as our three new environmental product declarations. #sustainableprecast
2016 TAC Conference & Presentation from Hatch Mott MacDonald
CPCI sponsored an important technical session at the 2016 TAC conference held September 25-28, 2016 in Toronto, ON. The presentation was made by Philip Murray, Senior Vice President of Hatch Mott MacDonald on “The Hodder Avenue Underpass: Innovative Use of Ultra High Performance Concrete for Rapid Bridge Construction”, and was attended by 80 industry professionals. A speaker breakfast sponsored by CPCI was also attended by 200 TAC presenters.
Now Available- CPCI's Climate Brochure, "Adapt and Mitigate"
Mitigate and Adapt: Building our Communities in the Age of Climate Change - The weather was once the worry of only farmers and parents dressing children for school. Today, climate change makes front page and business headlines. Stories of recent natural disasters and their impact on our economies have heightened everyone's concern - and rightly so.
CPCI 2016 Engineering, Architectural and Real Estate Awards Announced
OTTAWA, August 2, 2016 – The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) is excited to announce the 2016 CPCI Awards to deserving engineering, architectural and real estate firms who have helped advance the Canadian precast prestressed concrete industry with excellence in their fields. This year’s winners were chosen by CPCI staff, the CPCI Chairman of the Board, and the CPCI Alberta Chapter members.
CPCI will award $18,000 to Architectural and Engineering Students in the 2016-2017 Student Scholarship Program!
$1,500 Cdn per student in scholarship money is available to successful applicants.The Concrete Prestressed/Precast Institute is committed to the future of the precast prestressed concrete industry. To facilitate and encourage continuous learning and education, CPCI is pleased to offer an annual scholarship program for students in civil engineering and civil technology. This year, the industry is also excited to announce a new scholarship for Architecture and Architectural Technology students. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2016.
Memorandum of Collaboration between The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) and the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA)
Industry Collaboration Brings Marketing and Sustainability Goals TogetherOTTAWA, July 25, 2016 – A recent collaborative agreement between The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) and the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) aims to combine resources in a core belief for building excellence using sustainable methods.
2016 Spring/Summer Issue of Imagineering Magazine Now Available!
June 13, 2016 - The Spring/Summer 2016 Edition of Imagineering Magazine is now available. This issue features many unique projects like the Simons Park Royal Store in West Vancouver, La Tour des Canadiens in Montréal, the Barrel Yards Point Towers in Waterloo, the Humber River Regional Hospital Parking Decks in Toronto and many more articles!
CPCI Announces Winners of the Inaugural Beauty of Architectural Precast Concrete Contest
Ottawa, ON - June 7, 2016 – The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) is pleased to announce the winners of its first-ever Beauty of Architectural Precast Concrete Contest. The Beauty of Architectural Precast Concrete Contest, launched in January 2016, is aimed at highlighting the endless possibilities that can be achieved with the use of architectural precast concrete.
New Videos Available!
May 2016 - Watch the new video series featuring Dr. John Straube, PhD, P.Eng., RDH Building Science Laboratories. In the short video clips, Dr. Straube answers questions related to building material selection.
New study finds insurance costs are more than six times greater for wood frame buildings than for concrete buildings
OTTAWA, March 21, 2016 /CNW/ - A new study of the property insurance costs for wood frame and concrete mid-rise residential buildings conducted by GLOBE Advisors and released today by the Concrete Council of Canada reveals a substantial gap in the risks and insurance rates between the two building systems.
Imagineering Magazine - 2015 Winter Edition
The winter 2015 Edition of Imagineering is now available. This issue features many unique projects like the Surrey Civic Centre in British Columbia, the total precast Platopolis condo buildings in Montreal, the Humber River Hospital in Ontario and much more! Check out the latest edition online: http://www.cpci.ca/en/about_us/imagineering_magazine/.
CPCI is now on Instagram!
Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms. Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/cpci_canada/ to see beautiful photos of various projects using #precast #concrete.
CPCI Announces Recipient of the Fellow Award
CPCI is pleased to announce that Mr. Mel Marshall was recently bestowed with the CPCI Fellow Award. The CPCI Fellow Award honours CPCI members for outstanding contributions to the Canadian Precast Industry and CPCI in the areas of education, research, design, production, quality, erection, marketing and management.