Last month, the Urban Development Institute's Victoria chapter organized a luncheon to discuss the provincial government's controversial decision to allow taller wood-frame buildings. That luncheon was sponsored by Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. - which, according to the government's building and safety policy branch - was part of the consultant team which advised the Campbell administration during the making of that decision. And, in late February, the firm will be sponsoring another institute event on the same subject in Vancouver, along with Wood WORKS! - a Canadian Wood Council initiative promoting the use of wood and wood products in construction projects. The following is a complete copy of the invite to that event.

Subject: UDI Members: February 24 Breakfast Seminar - The Story on 6 Storey

UDI February Breakfast Seminar
The Story on 6 Storey

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The recent 6-storey provincial regulatory change brings developers a range of opportunities, but also a range of questions. Join UDI members and find out the latest information, requirements, and the furture viability of these projects.

Dana Westermark of Oris Consulting is currently working on a 6-storey wood frame project in Richmond, so he's perfectly positioned to moderate this session and ask the key questions of our expert panel.


Shelley Craig, Urban Arts Architecture"”her original research paper led to the new legislation

Grant Newfield, RJC Consulting Engineers and Andrew Harmsworth, GHL Consultants"”both consulted with the Province on the code changes

Gordon Smith, BTY Group"”will provide a comparison of costs between wood, steel and concrete 6-storey buildings

Craig Crawford, BC Housing"”what they are doing to support this initiative

Proudly sponsored by:

Read Jones Christoffersen
Consulting Engineers

Woods WORKS!
engineered for strength and style...naturally!

Tuesday, February 24 , 2009
Time: 7:30am Registration/Breakfast
8:00-10:00am Presentation

Pan Pacific
Crystal Ballroom
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC

The registration form is attached or can be downloaded off the UDI website (http://www.udi.bc.ca).

Please fill out the form and fax it to 604.689.8691.

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