Event Coordinator: Eric Watters

On February 3, 2015, the UBC CSCE Student Chapter visited the Armtec precast concrete manufacturing facility in Richmond, BC. The chapter conducts this tour every year courtesy of Jim McKay, the National Contracts Manager for Armtec.

The tour began with a brief site safety overview followed by a walk through the facility yard. Jim showed the group several different types of precast concrete sections including bridge sections, architectural façade used on the Ponderosa building on campus, and a grid-barrier system to insulate workers from high voltage in a smelting facility. Afterwards, Jim took the group into the manufacturing facility to observe the fabrication of precast concrete sections first-hand.

The tour was then brought into the meeting room for a presentation on other Armtec projects, including the Evergreen Skytrain Line, the Thunderbird Parkade, and a massive facility in Kitimat featuring precast concrete columns with specialized moment connections. Jim completed the presentation with some information on the Canadian Precast Concrete Institute and how students can become members for two years.

We would like to thank Mr. McKay for taking our members on the tour once again, and look forward to more tours in the future. You can find more information for the CPCI at their website here.


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