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Chilliwack East Dike to receive more than $2M in upgrades

December 28, 2012 On-Site staff

The Chilliwack East Dike in Chilliwack, B.C. will be receiving $2.34 million worth of upgrades, courtesy of the provincial and federal governments. The upgrades are designed to increase flood protection for more than 40,000 residents living in the flood plain,

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Construction underway for $132M York Region transit facility

December 19, 2012 On-Site staff

Politicians at the federal, provincial and municipal levels came out to celebrate the start of construction for a $132 million York Region transit facility being built in Richmond Hill, Ont. The facility will maintain and store York Region Transit/Viva transit

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Bird Construction buys Nason Contracting Group

December 13, 2012 On-Site staff

Bird Construction announced it is acquiring Nason Contracting Group Ltd. for $12.8 million, plus $500,000 in closing costs. Nason, a multi-discipline construction company operating throughout Western Canada, has focused on the municipal water and wastewater treatment market for more than

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Building permit values up in October

December 11, 2012 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, building permit values jumped 15 per cent, to approximately $7.5 billion in October, when compared to the previous month. The increase follows a 12.7-per-cent decline in September. Non-residential construction intentions were up 50.3

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New Port Mann Bridge opens to public

December 5, 2012 On-Site staff

On Dec. 1, commuters in the Coquitlam, B.C. area began enjoying their drive across eight-lanes of the 10-lane Port Mann Bridge, designed to significantly reduce commute times and accommodate regular transit service across the bridge for the first time in

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Generating efficiency

December 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

Emissions reduction is top priority for 2013 generator designs

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Getting attached to telehandlers

December 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

If there is any one word that describes a telehandler, its “versatile.” These machines are used in a wide variety of applications, from moving palletized loads, to lifting pipes and concrete blocks, to cleaning up job sites. With the right

Members of the Toronto International Film Festival team pose for a photo after being awarded the Ontario Concrete Award for the Mid to High Rise Residential category on Nov. 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
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Concrete champions

November 30, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Ontario Concrete Awards took place on Nov. 28, 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during Construct Canada and honoured innovative concrete-related design and construction across the province. Award winners Architectural Merit – Rotman School of Management Expansion Location:

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buildingSMART alliance to collaborate with Canadian chapter on BIM Standards

November 26, 2012 Institute for BIM in Canada

OTTAWA, November 26, 2012 – In an effort to collaborate on the development of building information modeling (BIM) standards, the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance and buildingSMART Canada, a Council of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC),

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Building construction booming in Halifax

November 14, 2012 On-Site staff

Construction costs of materials and labour increased substantially in the Maritime provinces’ largest city in the third quarter of 2012. According to a recent Statistics Canada survey, Halifax experienced a 0.7-per cent increase (from 143.4 to 144.4) in the non-residential

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RCCAO offers alternatives to landfilling soil

November 12, 2012 On-Site staff

According to the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), between 20-25 million cubic metres of excess soil are being excavated annually from construction sites across Ontario. The landfilling of this soil puts more trucks on the road increasing greenhouse gas emissions

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Building permit values down in September

November 6, 2012 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, total building permit values dropped 13.2 per cent to $6.5 billion in September, after experiencing a 9.5-per cent increase in August. Non-residential sector building permit values fell 30.8 per cent to $2.2 billion

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EllisDon launches Uprising

October 29, 2012 On-Site staff

EllisDon has launched Uprising, a crowdsourcing platform that has the potential to revolutionize construction problem solving. Uprising was created by EllisDon to “push problem-solving beyond the boundaries of any one company and into the collective intelligence of the world’s brightest

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VIDEO: Former Montreal engineer testifies at Charbonneau commission

October 25, 2012 On-Site staff

A recent CBC News report covering the Charbonneau commission states that Gilles Surprenant, a former City of Montreal engineer that admittedly accepted $600,000 in bribes over a 20-year period, testified that reporting corruption to the police wasn’t his job and

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B.C. reaches agreements for highway maintenance through 2018-19

October 23, 2012 On-Site staff

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently reached agreements with the B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association (BCRB) and the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) for a five-year extension of 27 of the 28 provincial service area

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Non-residential building construction up in Q3 2012

October 22, 2012 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, investment in non-residential building construction increased 0.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2012 (Q3 2012) to $12.1 billion, when compared to the previous quarter. This marked the third consecutive quarterly increase.

Algonquin College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its $52-million Robert C. Gillett Student Commons Building. (From left) Deborah Rowan-Legg. former vice-president of student services, Barbara Farber, member of the Algonquin College Board of Governors, Algonquin College president Kent MacDonald, Students' Association president David Corson, past-president Robert C. Gillett and former Students' Association president Jacob Sancartier. Photo courtesy of Algonquin College.
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Algonquin College opens $52M student commons building

October 19, 2012 On-Site staff

Algonquin College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the $52-million Robert C. Gillett Student Commons on Oct. 18 at its Woodroffe campus in Ottawa. The facility was designed as a non-academic space for students and features a

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Bridge and shoreline construction law changes proposed

October 18, 2012 On-Site staff

The Government of Canada introduced amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act designed to reduce “red tape” for bridge work, a move that is music to the ears of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). The CCA stated that the amendments

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Ottawa’s newest landmark takes first place for CDBI

October 12, 2012 Submitted by Canadian Construction Association (CCA)

St. John’s, Nfld. – The Canadian Design Build Institute (CDBI) announced today the winners of its 10th Award of Excellence in design-build at the 2012 National Design-Build Conference, held this year from October 11-12 in St. John’s, Nfld. The 2012 Award

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Building permits climb in August

October 5, 2012 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, construction intentions jumped 7.9 per cent to an overall value of $7.3 billion in the month of August after dropping 2.8 per cent in July. The increase was fuelled by a 25.2-per cent