Introducing the 2022-2023 Precast Concrete Wellness Bench Student Design Competition
The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) is pleased to announce the Precast Concrete Wellness Bench Student Design Competition for the 2022-2023 school year. The competition, hosted by CPCI, is a great opportunity for students to learn about precast prestressed concrete design and construction. This year’s theme is a Wellness Bench where students will be challenged to utilize precast concrete in their design. The competition is open to all students enrolled in Architecture, Civil Engineering, or Civil Engineering Technology programs.
Annual CPCI Committee Update
Enjoy an update on some of the things that were accomplished during the most recent calendar year by our 4 standing committees: Technical, Sustainability, Productivity & Safety, Marketing and Student Education.
CPCI is Pleased to Announce the Winners of the 2021-2022 Wellness Bench Design Competition for Students
CPCI launched the Precast Concrete Wellness Bench Competition for Architectural and Engineering students in October 2021 to all Canadian Universities. Students were invited to submit their projects highlighting the opportunities 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 the 2021-2022 Wellness Bench DesignCompetition!
2021 marks a significant milestone for CPCI and our industry – our 60th Anniversary!
Check out our new book that celebrates & expands on the rich history of CPCI & the precast prestressed concrete industry in Canada. In this 60th Year publication we have added some noteworthy and significant projects from the years 2011 through 2021. CPCI is also proud to celebrate the induction of Seven New Industry Titans to the CPCI Canadian precast prestressed concrete industry Titan Registry.
CPCI is Pleased to Announce the Recipients of the 2021 Sonia Saari Memorial Scholarship
CPCI is pleased to award the 2021 Sonia Saari Memorial Scholarship to two deserving, hardworking and promising doctoral students: Savannah Brooke Forest, University ofToronto and Kishoare Tamanna, University of British Columbia.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 program is for graduate or post graduate Civil Engineering students whose studies are in the field of precast prestressed concrete related research, design or construction.
Contribute to the Canada Infrastructure Report Card Survey
The second edition of the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) survey was launched on October 27, 2014. This edition of the CIRC survey has been expanded to collect information on the state of municipal transit, sport and recreation infrastructure, asset management, and local bridges. Please consider contributing to your municipality's response. Additional questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information or the download the 2012 report, visit their website by clicking on the link below.
CSCE 2015 Regina Annual Conference Call for Abstracts
The 2015 CSCE conference Call for Abstracts is open. CSCE encourages you to submit an abstract for what will undoubtedly be an extremely exciting technical program. From the traditional topics such as structures, transportation and environmental engineering to the first of its kind, non-juried, Innovation in Engineering Practice specialty conference, we are certain you will find a topic that showcases the work you are doing with universities, industry and the public and private sectors. Click on the link below for more information.
TAC 2015 Conference & Exhibition: Call for Submissions
The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) is soliciting abstracts for the technical sessions taking place at the 2015 Conference in Charlottetown, PEI, September 27-30.
In recognition of the United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety, the 2015 conference theme, TAC: Getting You There Safely will highlight the importance, opportunities and innovations in road safety. Authors are encouraged to keep road safety in mind when developing submissions. Click on the link below for deadlines and important information.
A Restructuring Plan For Public Finances And Economic Recovery in Quebec
On Friday, December 12, 2014, from noon to 2 P.M. Martin Coiteux, Minister responsible for Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review & Chair of the Conseil du trésor Member for Nelligan, will outline the state of the province’s public finances and the challenges the Quebec government is facing, thus expressing the urgent need to take action in order to ensure a return to a balanced budget that can be sustained beyond the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Click on the link below for more information and to register.
Infrastructure Investment Becoming More Complex
Policies for dealing with Canada’s much-talked-about infrastructure deficit are moving to a new level of sophisticationand complexity–and not a moment too soon, say presenters at the annual infrastructure summit September 16 to 17 in Toronto. Organized each year since 2007 by the Toronto-based Strategy Institute, the summits present the latest thinking on infrastructure investment, renewal and rehabilitation. Elected officials, administrators and project planners discusseda range of civil infrastructure issues with special emphasis on transit, alternative funding models, innovation, sustainability and life-cycle analysis of infrastructure investment over the nexthalf century. Click on the link below to learn more about the outcomes of the summit.
CPCI Annual Meeting Minutes Now Available - National Harbor, MD
The CPCI Board of Directors, committees and members met in National Harbor, MD in early September in conjunction with the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference. All meetings were very productive. Committees are working hard to drive initiatives that will benefit the Canadian precast concrete industry. The minutes for each meeting have been posted on the members only section of the CPCI website. Click on the link below to view the meeting minutes.
CPCI Exhibiting and Presenting at IIDEX / Construct Canada
This year, IIDEX and Construct Canada and will offer the largest construction conference and tradeshow ever in Canada. Both events will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. IIDEX in the North building and Construct Canada in the South building. CPCI will be participating in both events by exhibiting at the IIDEX tradeshow and presenting two seminars at Construct Canada. Click on the link below for more information on the seminars that CPCI will be presenting. Come see us at booth #1014 on the IIDEX Show Floor
Li Xiaodong of China Wins the Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize
A modest library on the outskirts of Beijing, China, designed by architect Li Xiaodong, has won the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize. Distinguished Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama, FRAIC, established the prize in collaboration with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the RAIC Foundation. It includes a monetary award of CAD$100,000 and a crystal sculpture by Canadian designer Wei Yew. Click on the link below to read more.
2014 Moriyama RAIC International Prize Gala
The Moriyama RAIC International Prize honours architecture that transforms society by furtheringhumanistic values of social justice, respect, equality, inclusivity and the well being of all people.It seeks the best project in the world that chooses vision over style.The inaugural award ceremony of the Moriyama RAIC International Prize takes place in Toronto, Ontarioon October 11, 2014 at a Gala celebration. CPCI Managing Director and RAIC Foundation Director, Brian Hall will be in attendance at the gala to support the efforts of the RAIC Foundation and to celebrate great architecture.
Why Specify CPCI Certification
The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI)Precast Concrete Certification Program was born of necessityin early 2007. This was in response to a relaxing of the auditrequirements, scope and frequency of plant visits at that time,by the program certifier. the other precast concrete certificationprogram operator has recently announcedthat they are introducing more stringentenhancements to their program, but uponreview by CPCI these changes fall shortof equivalence to CPCI’s more stringentrequirements.
Engagement: The New Competitive Advantage
The CPCI Major AccountPartnership Program (CMAP) isspecifically designed to provideexceptional customer serviceto the corporate community.With many CPCI memberlocations across Canada, ouroperations are always nearbyand our staff ready to beof service to provide fast,efficient, and qualified service.
Ontario municipalities alerted to safety risks and budget impacts of taller wood-frame construction
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is speaking out in favour of greater safety should the Province of Ontario proceed with regulations permitting taller wood-frame construction. The CAC is taking this opportunity to remind elected officials and decision makers across Ontario that taller wood buildings are not the answer to affordable housing – and simply not worth the risk. It is also alerting Ontario's municipal leaders to the potential impact of this type of construction on their already strained budgets.
Athena Announces Version 5 of the Impact Estimator for Buildings Software
The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute has just released the latest version of the Impact Estimator for Buildings, our acclaimed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software package for North American building designers.The Impact Estimator is is a free and compliant whole building LCA software for architects and designers seeking the Whole Building LCA credits in LEED®v4, Green Globes®, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and the California Green Building Standard Code (CALGreen).
Computer Modeling Vaults Construction Industry Into Future
An invaluable tool long used in the automotive and aerospace sectors is revolutionizing the construction industry. It’s called BIM — building information modelling — and it’s starting to gain traction in Canada.“It’s still relatively new as a modelling tool for design of buildings,” said Cameron Kemp, an engineer at Vancouver-based design and development firm Omicron.