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Unassuming industrial building in Prince George, B.C., earns record for most airtight

July 17, 2018 Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—The Wood Innovation Research Lab in Prince George, B.C., appears to be nothing more than a modern cedar and black-metal building, but look past the cladding and you’ll find an engineering feat that has earned it the recognition

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Trump in no rush on trade as Canada-U.S. tariff spat drags on

July 4, 2018 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

Steel and aluminum duties will impact businesses and workers in Canada’s construction industry. Ottawa’s retaliatory tariffs came into effect July 1

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Tall wood buildings on the rise for Canadian universities

June 12, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The University of Toronto has unveiled plans to construct a 14-storey wood building on its St. George campus, located in the city’s downtown. Slated for construction at the end of 2019, the tower is expected to be the tallest mass

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Construction industry to feel some of the heat from hefty U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum

June 1, 2018 Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

The Trump administration’s tough stance on trade is ratcheting up tensions between Ottawa and Washington

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Old bridge gets new lease on life: Steel, concrete from dismantled span repurposed as artificial reef

June 1, 2018 by David Kennedy

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y.—Thousands of tons of steel and concrete that stood proudly over the Hudson River for more than half a century have found a new purpose off the New York coastline. Triangular trusses, concrete deck panels, steel beams and

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HD Supply Brafasco hosts contractors at one-day event in Vaughan, Ont.

May 29, 2018 On-Site Staff

Earlier this month, HD Supply Brafasco played host to more than 300 contractors across the construction, industrial and commercial trades sectors during its one-day “deals and demos” event in Vaughan, Ont. The May 10 event featured roughly 20 manufacturers that

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UBC study looks to strengthen rammed earth construction

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Compressed soil, or rammed earth, is the focus of a study out of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus. The use of soil as a construction material may offer a reduction in costs and energy consumption, according to

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Boehmers uses captured CO2 to make stronger concrete blocks

September 7, 2017 Nate Hendley

Boehmers is a concrete block producer in Cambridge, Ont. with a new, carbon-dioxide (CO2) infused product said to be great for the environment and superior to traditional concrete blocks. The company has been selling the Carboclave block, as the product

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VIDEO: Why is sand in short supply?

September 7, 2017 The Economist

According to The Economist, the world uses 40 billion tonnes of sand each year to build cities and towns, but global reserves are running low. Here’s why:  

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Research group from Austria breaks rock with microwaves

August 21, 2017 scilog

In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research group from Leoben investigated how excavation methods for hard rock could be improved by using microwave irradiation so as to make classical mechanical excavation easier and save energy.

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Adera’s Virtuoso celebrates milestone at UBC’s Wesbrook Village

May 24, 2017 On-Site Magazine

VANCOUVER – Adera just celebrated the installation of its final mass timber panel at its Virtuoso project in UBC’s Wesbrook Village. The development is the first market condominium project built using mass timber in the form of CrossLam Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels

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Canadian Steel construction industry applauds Senate passage of Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act

May 8, 2017 CNW Group

MARKHAM, ON – The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) applauds and thanks all Senators for their leadership in passing Bill S-224 after third reading in the Senate on May 4. “The passage of Bill S-224 in the Senate marks

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Soil from Ontario construction projects would fill 16 Rogers Centres

May 3, 2017 Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario

VAUGHAN, ON – Ontario’s robust construction activity generated enough excess soil in one year to fill 16 Rogers Centres in Toronto, according to a report released by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO). In the “2017 Update: Quantification

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Industry-changing crusher for minerals processing

April 11, 2017 On-Site Magazine

  The Metso MX crusher is based on patented Multi-Action crushing technology, which combines the piston and rotating bowl into a single crusher. The new machine provides a giant leap in profitability by cutting operational costs by 10 per cent

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Editorial: Take care of your tools, big and small

March 16, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

It’s difficult to put an exact number on the total cost of theft to construction companies in Canada, but according to a report from Zurich Canada, it’s safe to say the amount exceeds $46 million per year in insurance claims

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Lafarge completes modernization, reduces environmental footprint

September 12, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Today, Lafarge Canada Inc. in Exshaw, Alberta, announced the completion of major modernization and environmental upgrades. Physical construction began in 2013, with more than 600 contracted employees on site at construction peak in addition to 160 permanent employees. The team

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How to prep your wheel loaders for winter

August 31, 2016 Nate Hendley

If you want to use your wheel loaders in winter for removing snow or anything else, you need to ensure your machines can handle cold-weather conditions. An obvious way to protect your equipment in wintertime is to park it in

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Komatsu introduces D85EXi/PXi-18 intelligent crawler dozer

August 29, 2016 On-Site Magazine

  Komatsu America Corp.’s 264HP D85EXi/PXi-18 crawler dozer is the smart choice for any machine owner looking for intelligence and efficiency beyond what is typically available in machine control systems. Eliminating the need to install and remove blade-mounted sensors each day

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Former Bird Construction CEO establishes $1.2-million endowment fund at Centennial College

April 19, 2016 On-Site Magazine

TORONTO — Former Bird Construction CEO and president Paul Charette and his wife Gerri have made a record donation to Centennial College to help establish a $1.2-million endowment to fund new scholarships in the college’s School of Engineering Technology and

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Video: Excavator operator rescues baby deer

April 1, 2016 by Patrick McConnell

Sometimes the best acts of kindness happen when no one is there to see them. Fortunately, when this excavator operator rescued a deer fawn that was trapped in a mud bog, there was someone there to capture it on video



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