ReForum 2015

Workshop: Bridging Connections for Construction/Demolition Materials

Sponsored by Loraas

1:45 Adaptive Re-Use: Tour of Affinity Campus - Ian Banks, Facilty Manager, Affinity Credit Union

AffinityOriginally built in 1928, the former Wilson School and First Nations University of Canada underwent a two-year renovation/expansion to become Affinity Campus, the head office of Affinity Credit Union. The 69,000 square foot building offers an open-concept working space and, in keeping with the credit union's environmental strategy, incorporates many green-building features. Some small examples of heritage and adaptive reuse on the site included keeping the old Wilson's School plaque, and repurposing the original Tyndall steps into exterior benches and a reception feature. Other materials from the building were also reused during construction including metal, glass, lumber and insulation.It aims to lower energy consumption, reduce the use of natural resources and create a healthy, comfortable working space for employees. Careful planning has also created a landscape on the campus that will enhance the City Park area. Over 1,000 native plants, trees and shrubs have been planted on the site and the fruit trees which line the perimeter are freely accessible to local residents.

IanIan Banks started working at the Credit Union in 1986.  Starting in the file room, he worked my way through many traditional banking tasks, finally settling into the roll of Facilities Manager over 15 years ago. Ian helped design and build at least 9 new branches or offices from the ground up and renovated over 20 locations.  The Affinity Campus was by far his biggest project to date.

Over 20 years ago, Ian introduced organization-wide paper recycling and now Affinity Credit Union properly recycles or diverts paper, cardboard, IT electronics, furniture and building materials.  He is proud to work for a company that allows him to establish them as leaders by participating in the City of Saskatoon curbside recycling program at many of our branches prior to the city wide roll out to multifamily and commercial settings.  There is plenty more to do the small gains are adding up.

Ian has been a member of the International Facilities Management Association for over ten years. He enjoys golf, biking, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding when he’s not at work. 

2:30 Deconstruction and Demolition Material Recycling - Duane Guenther, PSI Technologies


Duane will discuss what options exist once a community has decided that a building will not be repurposed.  There are many things that can be done to make deconstructions easier and more effective but he will also share examples of when reuse was thought of after the building was knocked down.  There are markets for the deconstruction materials and places that are much better for this material than the landfill!  Some examples that he will share include the infamous Barry Hotel, the Humboldt Hospital and the current deconstruction of the Parrish and Heimbecker Feed Mill in Saskatoon.

Duane Guenther is a senior project engineer with PSI Technologies who provides leadership in the road design and contract management projects.  Duane has a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering at the U of S with a focus on the engineered recycling of rubble into roadway structures.  As a professional engineer, he has 15 years of experience in rural and urban infrastructure development, design and construction. He has worked in the fields of land development, roadway design and construction, road preservation and reconstruction as well as planning and coordinating maintenance and operational personnel in his past work with the City of Saskatoon.

3:15 Refreshment Break

3:30 Techniques for Minimizing Waste in New Construction - Ronn Lepage Vereco Homes

Vereco helps Canadians build smart green homes. Canadians are building smart green homes to live more comfortably, to save money, and to reduce their impact on the environment. In this presentation, Ronn Lepage will explain how Vereco reduces waste.

In this presentation you will learn:
  1.  the impact homes have on our environment
  2.  why it is important to reduce your environmental footprint
  3.  how to eco-retrofit your home
  4.  how to deconstruct a home
  5.  how Vereco homes are designed to reduce construction waste.
  6.  how Vereco homes reduce waste on a day to day basis
  7.  why Vereco homes can reduce waste by being more durable and lasting longer.

RonnRonn Lepage, CA, CMC, C.Dir., LEED Homes AP, President, Vereco Homes Inc.

Ronn Lepage is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Consultant, Chartered Director, and LEED AP Homes. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Ronn graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Computers in 1978 and a Masters of Science, Environmental Strategy in 2013.

Until May 31, 2009, Ronn was a partner with Deloitte, Canada’s largest professional services firm. His 30 years of experience at Deloitte have provided him with a broad background in consulting. Over the years he has had the opportunity to serve clients in Canada, United States and Australia.

Ronn took early retirement from Deloitte to start a second career helping people to move to a more eco friendly life style. His company, Vereco Homes Inc, is focused on helping Canadians to build smart green homes.

Ronn is on the boards of the Saskatoon and Region Home Builders Association and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. He is also a volunteer director for International Support for Acid and Burn Survivors. 

Happily married with 8 children and 5 grandchildren, Ronn enjoys adventure travel, white water canoeing and anything outdoors.

4:15 Bus returns to hotel


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