Day 2 – Thursday, February 25, 2016


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Seminars have been approved for educational credits with the following organizations:



To obtain educational credits, you will need to fill out available forms onsite and have them verified by conference staff. Details on how to submit credits are specified on forms.

Seminar Legend:

AR – Architecture
BC – Building Code
CO – Construction & Renovation
EN – EngineeringID – Interior Design
ID – Interior Design
PD – Professional Development
PM – Property Management
SB – Sustainability


Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-9:30am • $45• ROOM 203/204

T01 – Site Water Solutions and Green Roofs [AR CO EN ID SB]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD, IDCEC 0.1 HSW CEUs ]

Touted as a new ideal for design, Living Building Systems, are here to stay. Architek will showcase viable options and a toolbox for using nature and incorporating it in the architecture and building process.

Learn the components of the systems of green roofs and site water management. Benefits include healthier, happier and more productive inhabitants, as well as cost savings in building operations and maintenance.

David Adkins

Ronald P. Schwenger

Randy Sharp

David Adkins, Sustainable Site Specialist, Architek Sustainable Building Products Inc.
Ronald P. Schwenger, President, Architek Sustainable Building Products Inc.
Randy Sharp, FCSLA, ASLA, LEED A.P., G.R.P.

David Adkins’ career experience spans over 25years in Green Infrastructure and Open Space Planning and management, including Canada and the UK. In London UK he initially worked on landscape plans for Peter Rogers Associates designing new housing developments. He then worked as a landscape architect, and Parks and Recreation Manager, for Bromley City engaging with both local and national initiatives and with European projects for, CABE Centre for the Built environment, London Development Agency and Corporation of London, National Rivers Authority, English Nature, DEFRA, EU LIFE Structural Fund, and the Countryside and Forestry Commissions. Key projects included; A21 Highway Corridor vegetation restoration, The SE London Green Chain, The London Outer Orbital Path, SE London Green Tourism Strategy, Parks and Open Spaces Strategy & capital program, and SUN Sustainable Urban Planning Networks for Green Spaces. In Canada David has spent a decade working on green roof and environmental projects in both Ontario and BC, and working on the BC Landscape Standard committee which received a National CSLA Citation in 2012. Projects include: Vaughan Civic Centre, Native Child and Family Services, Laurentian and McMaster Universities, South Lake Regional Hospital, FTGC South Fraser Perimeter Road and developing integrated site water management systems (Storm Water Management/Rain Water Harvesting). David is a qualified Green Roof Professional.

Ronald P. Schwenger is educated at the University of Guelph in architecture and fine arts and continued his education in marketing, advertising and communications at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Ron started his career with a short period as an architectural technologist and draftsman and later pursued a path in creative marketing and communications. Early in 2004, Ron combined his experiences along with his original passion for architecture and formed Architek Sustainable Building Products Inc., which was incorporated in Vancouver British Columbia in 2007 and opened a Seattle office in early 2008. Ron has ten years of expertise in building envelope technology and living architecture systems namely: green roof systems, green façade, living walls, renewable energy, and integrated site water management. In 2010, Ron wrote the GRP exam and obtained his credentials as an accredited green roof professional – GRP. Employing a biophilic design‐build methodology and a fully integrated approach to site water management with Architek’s in-house storm water mitigation and water conservation technologies has become a driving passion for Ron moving forward.

Ron is an active member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and The British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects. He continues to be involved with a number of industry organizations such as the Center for Architectural Ecology at BCIT and The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).

Randy Sharp is committed to ecological based solutions for site development that blends landscape and architecture.  1980, Randy Sharp established a practice in Vancouver that became Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture. Major achievements include the redevelopment of Granville Island (CMHC), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the Capilano-Seymour Filtration Plant (Metro Vancouver), Broadway Tech Centre (Bentall Kennedy), and the headquarters of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). He recently retired from the firm to focus on research, writing and teaching, as well as consulting in land development, green building and water management.

Mr. Sharp is a guest lecturer in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at UBC, the City Program at SFU, and the Centre for Architectural Ecology at BCIT. Randy is also a Green Roof Professional (GRP) and has designed over 100 green roofs, living walls and vertical landscapes for a wide range of building types.


Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-10:00am • $55 • ROOM 205

T02 – “State Of The Art” for Pipe Renewal Projects [CO EN PM]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs ]

All building materials have a service life and eventually wear out. The pipes for water distribution, heating, fire suppression and drainage are not an exception. Though, domestic water pipe replacement projects, “re-pipes,” are common in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, they occur around the globe. As a result, an industry of specialist designers, manufacturers and contractors has developed in this field.

This presentation will focus primarily on domestic water distribution pipe renewals. In the last 30 years new technologies have emerged, at-source water treatment has improved and building codes have changed. As a result, the requirements and expectations of domestic water systems have also changed. Traditionally, pipe renewal options include: full or partial pipe replacement, epoxy coating and chemical treatment.

This presentation will explore:

  • The impact of changes over the last 30 years
  • Successes and failures – lessons learned
  • Pipe renewal options
  • Pros and cons of the various pipe renewal options
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Renewals for other pipe systems
  • Looking ahead – what to expect

Jak McCuaig P.Eng

Jak McCuaig P.Eng, President, McCuaig & Associates Engineering Ltd.

Mr. McCuaig is a Mechanical Engineer who graduated from University of Waterloo. He has been involved in consulting engineering in building restoration in Vancouver since 1986 and is a Principal at McCuaig and Associates Engineering Ltd. a multi-disciplinary building restoration engineering consulting firm he established in 1992. Mr. McCuaig has been designing and supervising plumbing restoration projects for three decades and has been involved in “re-piping” since its infancy in Vancouver. He has designed and supervised hundreds of pipe renewal projects, and established many of the present “standards” used in “re-piping” projects today.

Mr. McCuaig has completed reviews on the performance of various pipe materials including: copper, polybutylene, PVC, cross linked polyethylene, ferrous pipe, etc. Additionally, Mr. McCuaig has reviewed the performance and installation methodologies for water treatment systems and epoxy lining systems.