USAR MP project

Fab-Form Monopour Site Training, Richmond

The two hour education session was held at the Gill Project in Richmond. Architectural elevations of the residence are shown in the image above. This french classical design has 873m2 (9,397ft2) on the main floor and 876m2 (9,430ft2) on the second floor for a total of 1,749m2 (18,827ft2). 120 contractors, architects and developers were in attendance (see pictures below).

Project elevation

Total length of stem walls is approximately 1,200 lineal feet with an average height of 4' 6". Footing size is 10" x 30". Construction is slab on grade over sandy Richmond soils.

The foundation components were designed by Stephen Gabbott, Vancouver ICF.

Overview of the jobsite on traning day

Overview of the jobsite showing the installed foundation components on the training day.


Hanaa, Office Manager from Vancouver ICF, organizes CPD points for the attendees.

Chris Mattock

The attendees heard from six different experts on the monopour system and Helix Micro Rebar. Chris Mattock discusses rising damp issues in Richmond as a result of the high water table.

Joey and height adjustment

Joey and the foundation contractor Nolan Harford of FHF Construction, demonstate the features of the monopour system.

Manufacturing components

Components are manufactured to the exact size at the Vancouver ICF plant.

Components arrive on site

Components are delivered on site and moved into position around the perimeter.

Zont bracing installed

Zont bracing installed, ready to attach Fastfoot.

Helix reinforcing

With the monopour and Helix, the foundation and footing behave as an inverted "T" beam. As a result, Helix dosage can be reduced from 29.5 lbs/yd3 to 15 lbs/yd3, a savings of almost 50% to the owner. For more information on Helix, click here.

Overview of project

120 people attended the presentations and site visit of this large monopour project.

Joey Fearn


Project Co-ordinator

Joey Fearn, Vancouver ICF

Joey received his education from the University of British Columbia in 2006. He has been working with Vancouver ICF since that time and has been instrumental in the development of the Zont™ bracing system as well as the ICF Monopour System.

Joey will discuss the merits of pre-fabricated foundation components in the Vancouver market. He will discuss how the panels are aligned, leveled up and braced in position.

Harmeet Singh Grewal

Project Manager

Harmeet Singh Grewal, USAR Consulting

Harmeet Singh Grewal of Usar Contracting & Design, is a certified residential builder, has built under Built Green and Energuide standards since 2004. He is a member of the Greater Vancouver Home Buiders' Association Technical Committee and has built under both Part 9 and Part 3 of the BCBC.

Harmeet, as project manager, will discuss the technical details of this interesting project.

Brian Maver

Helix Engineering

Brian Maver, Principal, Wicke Herfst Maver Structural Engineers

Using his many years of construction and engineering experience, Brian is able to create innovative design solutions for complex projects such as seismic upgrades and expansions. Furthermore, he brings a wealth of knowledge in the design of large institutional and commercial projects. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Brian is also the focal point for sustainable design at Wicke Herfst Maver.

Licenses and Affiliations: P Eng BC, AB; LEED AP, BC; USGBC, Cascadia Region; Structural Engineers Association of BC

Brian will explain how Helix functions and the advantage of using Helix with the monopour system. As the wall and footing behave as a inverted "T"-beam, reinforcing costs are reduced almost 50%.

Chris Mattock

Damp Proofing

Chris Mattock, Architect, Habitat Design + Consulting

Chris Mattock has an architectural degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and 30 years’ experience in design and consulting work in Canada, China, Japan, Mongolia, Korea, Mexico and the USA. During that period he has been involved in the design and construction of numerous green / energy efficient / net zero / zero carbon new and retrofit residential and small commercial buildings as well as working on planning projects that incorporate sustainable community design principles.

Chris will discuss the performance of the Fastfoot membrane and how it prevents ground moisture from wicking up into the concrete foundation and home. This is very important in the damp sandy soils of Richmond, located very close to the water table.

Stephen Gabbott

Stephen Gabbott, CAD Manager, Vancouver ICF

After graduating from the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, Stephen Gabbott qualified as an architect in the United Kingdom. He worked for architectural firms in St Albans and Central London, ending up as a partner in a Facilities Management CAD Bureau.

Emigrating to his wife's homeland of Canada in 1989, Stephen has had a variety of experience including material handling engineering with Earl's Industries, producers of widely used container spreaders; custom house design with a well known lower mainland designer, and 3D photo rendering.

At Vancouver ICF, Stephen is responsible for the computer aided drafting of all projects. This entails detailing the manufacturing drawings for ICF (insulated concrete form) components and creating the installation layouts for the building site.