Build­ing trades mark con­struc­tion week

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY + REGION -

Con­struc­tion is the bedrock of the econ­omy. Saskatchewan’s 11,000 con­struc­tion com­pa­nies and 56,000 con­struc­tion em­ploy­ees con­vert busi­ness and con­sumer in­vest­ment into pro­duc­tiv­ity,

as­sets, jobs and growth.

In short, con­struc­tion de­vel­ops plans and dreams into re­al­ity.

How­ever, con­struc­tion it­self is de­pen­dent on the in­vest­ment of other in­dus­tries and con­sumers. Con­struc­tion com­pa­nies build things for oth­ers and strug­gle when in­vest­ment in new build­ing and ren­o­va­tion work is slow. With their work de­pen­dent on the de­ci­sions of oth­ers, it is chal­leng­ing for con­struc­tion busi­nesses to plan for the medium or long-term: When and how do they hire? Buy equip­ment? In­vest in in­no­va­tion?

Thank­fully, there is a so­lu­tion to these chal­lenges at our very own Saskatchewan Polytech­nic, where the next gen­er­a­tion of con­struc­tion work­ers and lead­ers is al­ready in the class­room. As the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy of con­struc­tion evolves at a rapid pace, these stu­dents are learn­ing at the cut­ting edge, and are ready to im­ple­ment new pro­cesses and ideas in an in­dus­try that is tra­di­tion­ally slow to adopt change.

Polytech­nic is equipped to con­duct world-lead­ing ap­plied re­search. This work can sup­port com­pa­nies and in­dus­tries as they strug­gle to tackle chal­lenges both big and small. Im­prov­ing con­struc­tion pro­duc­tiv­ity, stream­lined work­flow, and bet­ter safety are all pos­si­ble out­comes through en­gage­ment with ap­plied re­searchers.

While the fu­ture of Saskatchewan de­pends on a grow­ing and ro­bust con­struc­tion in­dus­try, there is no doubt that the present and fu­ture of the con­struc­tion in­dus­try in Saskatchewan de­pends on Saskatchewan Polytech­nic.

For this rea­son, the Saskatchewan Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion and Saskatchewan Polytech­nic are proud to sup­port the 2018 Saskatchewan Con­struc­tion Week.

Mark Cooper, pres­i­dent and CEO, Saskatchewan Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, and Larry Rosia, pres­i­dent and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytech­nic

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