techcouver | Sept 21, 2023
Eric Wilson, EIT, B.Eng, MASc, PhD Candidate | Liaison, Indigenous Projects

On September 29th, RJC Engineers, a nationally recognized, employee-owned engineering firm, is hosting the third annual “Building a Foundation for Reconciliation” Webinar.

This year, the theme is Braiding Relationships, Community, and Trust”, a crucial event aimed at supporting the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industries in answering part of Call to Action 92 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 calls to action.

Case Study | Sept 12, 2023
RJC Engineers | BDP Quadrangle 

Embodied carbon, released during building manufacturing and construction, is a critical environmental measure. Often overshadowed by operational carbon, its significance grows with building efficiency improvements. Emissions, mainly during construction, coincide with a crucial period for climate risk mitigation.

The purpose of this study is to inform policy makers, industry professionals, citizens, and any other relevant or interested stakeholders, of the issues which need to be addressed and the background information to make educated decisions to impact meaningful change.

Journal of Commerce by ConstructConnect | September 11, 2023
Danielle Arciaga | Building Performance Engineer

A team of five multitalented scholars from Simon Fraser University (SFU) has been named the winner of a Canada Green Building Council award for students for demonstrating excellence in sustainable design in the field of green building and communities. 

“The team of Gurvaani Dhani, Manin Khunger, Simran Pandher and Clara Park, led by team leader Danielle Arciaga, are the winners of the CaGBC’s Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award, named for a dedicated green building advocate.

The students are recent graduates of SFU’s Sustainable Energy Engineering program. The project was titled Deep Retrofit Study for SFU – Exploring Energy Conservation Measures and proposed a plan for the decarbonization of the Discovery 1 Building at SFU’s Burnaby, B.C. campus.

Arciaga recalled when she got the call they had won.

“It was really exciting when we got the news,” she said. “The news spread throughout the office, and in our other friends’ office too, so that was really exciting.”

Canadian Property Management | August 2023
Leon Plett, P.Eng., MIStructE, Struct.Eng., LEED® AP | Managing Principal

Risks and opportunities in 2023 and beyond

Seismic activity is a natural occurrence that happens throughout the world. Defined as the sudden movement of the earth’s crust caused by the release of stress accumulated along geologic faults or by volcanic activity, severe earthquakes don’t happen very often, but when they do the results can be catastrophic. From triggering tsunamis to leveling buildings, the worst earthquakes in history have led to death tolls in the thousands, making them among the worst natural disasters known to civilization.

Canadian Property Management | August 2023
Bryant Bortolotto-Freeman, BSc., EIT

5 best practices for maximizing the service life of your traffic deck coating

If your building includes a parkade, chances are you’ve witnessed the wear and tear that comes from steady usage and exposure to moisture and contaminants like road salts. Even if the parking area is located indoors, the traffic deck coating (TDC) used to protect concrete surfaces will deteriorate over time, reducing its ability to effectively do its job.

Daily Hive | May 26, 2023

This is Part One of a two-part series on the single largest office development project in Vancouver’s history.

Part Two: Full basketball court and dog parks on rooftop of Amazon’s new Vancouver office at The Post (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

The Post carries at least five superlatives for its local economic significance and design.

Canadian Consulting Engineer | May 30, 2023
Michael MacLean, BSc, PEng., LEED® AP O+M, CCCA | Associate

RJC Engineers and Ryder Architecture have won Vancouver’s Heritage Award, in recognition of their recent conservation of the city’s 1930s-era St. Andrews-Wesley United Church.

The companies consulted with Donald Luxton & Associates to renew the landmark building, which was originally built with locally sourced granite and stone and features a soaring vaulted timber roof and French and Italian stained-glass windows. Over the years, its concrete structure and interior plaster deteriorated, a linoleum tile floor needed replacing and the roof required extensive repairs.

Simon Fraser University - Convocation | June 8, 2023
Danielle Arciaga | Building Performance Engineer

The first cohort of students from SFU’s new Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) program is ready to take the skills they’ve acquired to the next level—the majority, with industry jobs in place—after receiving their degrees at Spring Convocation this week (June 8).

The SEE program was established at SFU’s Surrey campus in 2019 as the first of its kind in Western Canada, created to meet the urgent need to train students as leaders in the areas of renewable energy and clean energy technology.

Vancouver Island Construction Association | 2023
Clint Plett, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., MIStructE | Associate

Looking at Capital Park today, one would be hard pressed to remember how it used to look: a parking lot, several low-rises, and 50-year-old office blocks. These days, Capital Park stands as a testament to the ability to transform and rejuvenate a neighbourhood. The new development, which complements the historic Victoria James Bay area and nearby Legislature, is now a mixed-use, “master-planned community” that delivers to all Victorians alike.

The big picture
The new pedestrian-only community offers a variety of courtyards and pathways to provide easy access to various amenities. Joint venture partners Jawl Properties and Concert Properties spearheaded the drive to build over 235,000 square feet of office space, 155,000 square feet of residential space (rental and condominium), and over 20,000 square feet of street-front retail space. Construction on the $250 million multi-phase development began in 2015.

SiteNews | June 8, 2023
Terry Bergen, CTech, CCCA, LEED® AP, CPHC | Managing Principal

What happens to a mass timber building’s energy performance when it is hit by an earthquake?

RJC Engineers, a Canadian-based building structure and enclosure engineering firm, aims to find out.

The firm was recently in San Diego participating in the historic Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) TallWood research project. The project is a National Science Foundation-funded research effort that aims to investigate mass timber buildings’ earthquake resilience by simulating large earthquakes on a 10-story mass timber building, the tallest ever tested on a shake table.