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Geoff Smith’s Blog: Nobody Has A Clue (Except Maybe You)

July 24, 2017 EllisDon

My predictive abilities are zero. But it’s not so bad, so are everyone else’s. It took me about four decades to figure out that nobody at all really has any clue about what’s coming. The most useful thing seems to

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Shovels hit the dirt for Lévis’ largest affordable housing construction project

July 21, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

LÉVIS, QC – The governments of Canada and Quebec today marked the start of construction of the Espace Marie-Victorin in Lévis. This is the largest affordable housing construction project ever carried out in Lévis. Once completed, the three buildings will provide 104

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Are safety helmets going to replace hardhats on Canadian job sites?

July 21, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Bloomberg BNA says contractors in the US are ditching hardhats for a safer option – helmets. Will Canadians follow suit? For 40-plus years the design of construction hard hats hasn’t changed much—a brimmed shell attached to a suspended, adjustable headband.

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Investment in non-residential building construction up in the second quarter

July 19, 2017 Statistics Canada

Investment in non-residential building construction totalled $12.4 billion in the second quarter, up 0.3 per cent from the previous quarter. This increase follows three consecutive declines. Nationally, the gain was the result of an increase in spending on the construction of industrial

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Alberta commits to Calgary’s Green Line LRT

July 19, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

On the eve of the kick-off to the Calgary Stampede, the province of Alberta announced it will provide one-third of the total project cost, up to $1.53 billion over eight years to support Stage 1 of Calgary’s Green Line LRT project.  The LRT will

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AECOM’s Douglas Allingham named Chair of U of Ontario’s Board

July 19, 2017 Canadian Consulting Engineer

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ont. has announced that Douglas Allingham, P.Eng., an executive vice president with AECOM has been appointed Chair of the University’s Board of Governors for the 2017-2018 academic year. Based in Whitby,

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RFP coming soon for rehabilitation of Supreme Court of Canada Building

July 19, 2017 Public Services and Procurement Canada

GATINEAU, QC – Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is committed to preserving its heritage assets. In doing so, PSPC is protecting the health and safety of occupants and visitors, greening its buildings and creating jobs and economic growth. The

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New training facility supports safe rebuilding efforts in Fort McMurray

July 18, 2017 On-Site Magazine

The Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) is celebrating the opening of a brand new training facility in Fort McMurray tomorrow, with honoured guest Mayor Melissa Blake, and hundreds of construction industry representatives, expected to explore the new ACSA Space. ACSA

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Lafarge supports Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter work project in Canada

July 18, 2017 On-Site Magazine

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Lafarge Canada Inc. became a Gold sponsor of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s biggest build project ever. Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project took place in every province and territory across

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Bird Construction Inc. to be part of a consortium selected as preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre

July 12, 2017 Bird Construction Inc.

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Bird Construction Inc. announced that it is part of the Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners consortium selected as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain an entertainment facility for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in the

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Lamb Development Corp. unveils Hamilton’s Television City

July 12, 2017 Lamb Development Corp.

HAMILTON, ON – Brad Lamb, CEO of Lamb Development Corp., in partnership with Aaron Collina of Movengo Developments, revealed Television City, a large scale  development site to be built in Hamilton for residential and retail purposes. Designed by Peter Clewes of

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New CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge is lifted into place

July 11, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

The CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge, a roughly 35m long footbridge weighing approx. 200t, was lifted into its final position on July. Located at third-floor level, it spans over Queen Street West between the Hudson’s Bay building and CF Toronto

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Maple Reinders Consortium reaches substantial close on Canada’s first P3 biosolids project

July 11, 2017 Maple Reinders

Mississauga, Ontario –  On June 29th, the Chinook Resource Management Group, a special purpose company of which Maple Reinders PPP Ltd. is a partner, achieved substantial completion on time and on budget for the City of Calgary’s Source Separated Organics (SSO)

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Governments of Canada and Alberta invest in public transit

July 6, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

LEDUC, AB – The governments of Canada and Alberta have announced more than $733,000 for six new public transit projects. Support for the projects in four Alberta communities is through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), the provincial Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) and municipal funding. The federal government is

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KOBELCO’s upgraded SK230 delivers full-sized performance

July 5, 2017 On-Site Magazine

  The enhanced mid-size KOBELCO SK230 crawler excavator is equipped to deliver full-sized performance over an extended working life. With a dynamic digging force of 26,800-lbs and maximum digging reach of 31’10”, the SK230’s performance and power capabilities are tougher

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New sports facility to expand recreational and event-hosting opportunities in Greater Saint John

July 5, 2017 Infrastructure Ontario

SAINT JOHN, NB – Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay, today announced $12 million in joint federal-provincial funding for the construction of the Greater Saint John Field House. The new Fieldhouse will be the only facility of its kind in

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EllisDon invests in subcontractor pre-qualification software

July 4, 2017 EllisDon

Mississauga, ON — EllisDon has invested in a new technology that will better manage its subcontractor engagement. COMPASS is a web-based software as a service (SAAS) that will gather, organize and analyze subcontractor data from multiple sources. It produces an

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City celebrates Mosaic Stadium grand opening

July 4, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

REGINA – A journey that started in 2011 is now complete. The City of Regina’s iconic Mosaic Stadium is officially open. “Mosaic Stadium is an iconic venue, the best stadium in Canada and one of the best in North America,”

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CAT D6T dozer features fully automatic transmission

June 28, 2017 Caterpillar

The new Cat D6T Dozer features a new, fully automatic transmission to optimize performance and achieve fuel savings of up to 20 per cent in heavy work and as much as 30 per cent in light work and finish grading applications.

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PCL celebrates 40 years of employee ownership

June 27, 2017 PCL

PCL has a rich history—one that has withstood the test of time as PCL broke records, crossed geographic boundaries, and exceeded expectations to become one of the largest construction companies in North America. While PCL is always focused on the