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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

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Aecon joint venture wins $100M pipeline contract

October 1, 2012 On-Site staff

Aecon Group Inc. and Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited will work together on a contract to work on facilities related to the Cold Lake and Polaris pipelines in Alberta. The $100-million joint venture contract, awarded by Inter Pipeline Fund, will

The Deh Cho Bridge will replace the Merv Hardle ferry in the summer months and the Mackenzie River Ice Crossing during the winter. Photo courtesy of the Government of the Northwest Territories.
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Bridge over icy waters

October 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

Crews battle Great White North to build permanent crossing over Mackenzie River

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Making the cut in Canada’s demolition industry

October 1, 2012 David Godkin

It’s a moment Ryan Priestly dreads every time he does a job like this. Peering down through the windshield of his high reach excavator, carefully leaning into the controls and inching the collapsed concrete slab below him upward—the sight of

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RFQ issued for GO Transit maintenance facility P3 project

September 26, 2012 On-Site staff

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have released a request for qualifications to design, build, finance and maintain GO Transit’s East Rail Maintenance Facility. The new 600,000-plus sq. ft. facility will provide daily maintenance for upwards of 22 12-car passenger trains.

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SNC-Lavalin to work on iron ore project in Chile

September 26, 2012 On-Site staff

SNC-Lavalin has won a contract to provide overall management, detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to Compañía Minera del Pacífico S.A. (CAP Minería) for a thickened mine tailings disposal system at the Cerro Negro Norte iron ore project in

PCL recently won the Design-Build Institute of America's (DBIA) National Award in the Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration category for its work on LEGOLAND Florida. Photo courtesy of PCL Construction Services Inc.
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PCL recognized for working with LEGO

September 21, 2012 On-Site staff

Edmonton-based PCL Construction Services, Inc. was awarded the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) National Award in the Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration category for its work on LEGOLAND Florida, located in Winter Haven, Fla. PCL completed the project in 15 months, working with Morris Architects

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Building permit values down in July

September 7, 2012 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, overall construction intentions fell in July 2012, with building permit values down 2.3 per cent from June 2012 to $6.8 billion. The decline was largely fuelled by lower construction intentions in Ontario. Non-residential

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KBR to build phase two of B.C. processing plant

August 27, 2012 On-Site staff

KBR has been awarded a general works contract for phase two construction of a raw gas processing plant in Dawson Creek, B.C. The global engineering, construction and services company’s Canadian subsidiary, KBR Wabi, will perform the construction and related site

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Composite price index for non-residential construction up 0.6 per cent

August 20, 2012 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, the composite price index for non-residential building construction was up 0.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2012 (Q2 2012), when compared to Q1 2012. The jump was fuelled largely by increased labour

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Building permits down following five-year high

August 7, 2012 On-Site staff

Building permit values fell 2.5 per cent to $6.8 billion in June, after hitting a five-year high in May. The decline was mainly fuelled by decreases in non-residential and residential construction in Alberta and B.C. The value of building permits

Aecon crews working on the Milton replacement Phase 2B, which involves the installation of approximately 1,500 metres of 26-in. steel and 1,500m of 34-in. steel gas main in Milton. Ont. Aecon, in a joint venture, was recently awarded a $600-million contract for the installation of 560 kilometres of underground pipeline running from Edmonton, Alta. to Fort McMurray, Alta. Photo courtesy of Aecon Group Inc.
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Aecon joint venture awarded $600M contract

August 3, 2012 On-Site staff

Aecon Group Inc. recently announced that its Aecon Utilities division won a $600-million contract in a 50/50 joint venture with Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd. to finish the Cold Lake and Polaris pipeline expansions in Alberta. The contract includes the

The Vale Clean AER Project is designed to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions at Vale's smelter in Sudbury by 70 per cent from current levels, in addition to dust and metals emissions reduced by an additional 35 to 40 per cent. Image courtesy of Vale.
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Aecon awarded $85M contract

August 2, 2012 Andrew Snook

Aecon Group Inc. announced today that it has been awarded an $85 million contract for the site preparation and foundation construction for the Vale Clean Atmospheric Emissions Reduction Project in Sudbury, Ont. The contract includes the construction of reinforced concrete