What's coming up for builders?

By Geoff Lee

February 4, 2016 9:55 AM

Dorothy Carson, executive director of the Lloydminster Construction Association, said the public is welcome to register for the first annual project luncheon Feb. 11

The Lloydminster Construction Association (LCA) will soon have a clear idea how much commercial work is available in 2016 from the public sector.
The LCA is hosting an inaugural project luncheon Feb. 11 at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds for a variety of non-industry project generators to present their budgeted projects for the year.
The City of Lloydminster, County of Vermilion River, Lloydminster Public School Division and Lakeland College will report their lineup of construction projects that LCA members can bid on.
“We are here to provide commercial construction information to our membership,” said LCA executive director Dorothy Carson.
“Basically, we are giving our local (public) owners a public forum to talk to the construction industry and provide them with information on the upcoming year.”
The event will be in the Prairie Room from noon to 3 p.m. and chaired by LCA director John Winter who is in Las Vegas this week.
“We came up with this idea before the economy got to its current state, but our members and the project owners have shown lots of interest in the luncheon,” said Winter in an e-mail.
“This is our first year doing the future projects luncheon, so it’s a bit of a feel out process, but most other construction associations in Alberta are doing similar events with great success.”
More than 80 people had registered for the event as of Tuesday.
Winter said it’s a great way for members to get in the know about what is coming up for the year so they can plan accordingly to stay as busy as they can.
He also noted it’s great for owners to let all trades know about their projects so they can get the best price and not run into timeline issues with bid processes and completion of projects.
Presentations will give LCA members and the general public a good idea how many dollars will be put into infrastructure and available publicly tendered opportunities.
“Once we hear from them we will know what public dollars they are spending and what the budgets are,” said Carson.
“There is work out there and there is more tender opportunities coming out, and we’re hoping it to be a fairly decent year — not as busy as in the past couple of years.”
Carson said 2015 was “quite busy” for members with many projects carrying over into 2016.
“For 2016, we are sitting at around 50 projects in our plans room which is up from last year,” she said.
Alberta Infrastructure will report on upcoming projects and government policies at the luncheon.
Carson said Alberta Infrastructure may be giving some tendering guidelines and how to make it easier to bid on Alberta Infrastructure.
The Alberta and Saskatchewan construction associations will provide information from a provincial perspective.
The Lloydminster Economic Development Corporation will present an economic outlook for the city with 20 minutes slated for each presenter.
The LCA plans to make the luncheon an annual event for the public and its members.
The LCA ended 2015 with 180 paid members from places such as Cold Lake, Bonnyville, Vermilion, Wainwright and Lloydminster.
Carson noted there are quite a few projects throughout the LCA membership region including a lot of retail and commercial projects in Lloydminster citing
Pioneer Lodge as an example.
“It has been quite diverse,” she said.
“There’s a lot of projects that will be coming up in the near future that are retail and commercial builds.”

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