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Construction starts on new $235M HEC Montreal building in city’s downtown

October 18, 2019 On-Site Staff

Prominent business school HEC Montreal has started construction on a major new building in Montreal’s downtown. The affiliate of the University of Montreal plans to spend $235 million on the new 24,000 square-metre (approximately 260,000 sq. ft.) facility on the

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Ontario drops plan to upload Toronto subway as city supports Ford plan

October 18, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO— Ontario has dropped its bid to take control of Toronto’s subway system, the province announced Wednesday as city staff recommended support for a key part of Premier Doug Ford’s transit plan. This follows federal PC candidate, Andrew Scheer’s pledge of

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Search of collapsed New Orleans hotel shifts to recovery mission

October 17, 2019 The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS—The chances of a missing worker’s survival after a hotel collapse are diminishing, and New Orleans officials shifted their efforts Oct 17. from rescue to recovery mode. The shift comes ahead of a possible tropical storm, Fire Department Superintendent

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New Orleans collapse site worry: Tropical weather

October 16, 2019 Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS—A tropical disturbance over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula was being eyed Oct. 15 by New Orleans authorities, who fear it could become a tropical depression or storm that would topple a partially collapsed building and two huge construction cranes onto

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Berkshire Hathaway firm plans construction of $200M Alberta wind power farm

October 16, 2019 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A company linked to American investment guru Warren Buffett says it will break ground on a $200-million, 117.6-megawatt wind farm in southeastern Alberta next year. The Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project will be located southwest of Medicine Hat and produce enough

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York Group buys Toronto-area shoring, foundation contractor Rumble Foundations

October 15, 2019 On-Site Staff

The Vaughan, Ont.-based York Group of Companies is expanding its construction services offering with the acquisition of Rumble Foundations (Ontario) Ltd. York announced Oct. 15 it closed the purchase of the Mississauga, Ont.-based company at the beginning of the month.

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Wales McLelland starts work on new four-level Porsche dealership in Richmond, B.C.

October 15, 2019 On-Site Staff

Construction of a new 75,445 sq. ft. Porsche dealership is officially underway in Richmond, B.C. Officials from the Dilawri Group of Companies, OpenRoad Auto Group, Porsche Cars Canada Ltd. and the project’s construction manager, Wales McLelland, broke ground on the

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JCB electric mini excavator now available in Canada and U.S.

October 15, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

  JCB has announced that their 19C-IE mini excavator is now available in Canada and the United States. The 19C-IE mini excavator is JCB’s first fully electric mini excavator. The 2-ton (1.9 tonne) excavator offers the same amount of power

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Missing worker search goes on in New Orleans hotel collapse

October 14, 2019 The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS—Officials in New Orleans say they are continuing to look for one person missing in the rubble of a hotel that collapsed while under construction. Fire Chief Tim McConnell said Oct. 13 that crews are assembling a 220,000-pound (99,800-kilogram)

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Hotel collapse in New Orleans leaves one dead, two missing

October 12, 2019 Chevel Johnson And Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS—A large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction beside New Orleans’ historic French Quarter collapsed Oct. 12 amid blinding dust and flying debris, killing one person and injuring more than 20. Rescue workers headed into what was

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Scheer pledges federal support for Toronto’s Ontario Line and Yonge Subway Extension

October 10, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

TORONTO—Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced his party’s commitment to financially support two proposed Toronto Transit Commission expansion projects Oct. 8. Scheer was joined by Markham mayor, Frank Scarpitti and Richmond Hill mayor, David Barrow when he announced his commitment

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Rising waters: Canadian communities counter worsening storms with fresh infrastructure work

October 9, 2019 Saul Chernos

When it rains in Canada these days, it pours. Just six years ago, torrential rains dumped multiple summers worth of rain on parts of southern Alberta in just 48 hours. Mudslides closed sections of the Trans-Canada Highway and damage to

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The level playing field assumption: A ‘go or no-go’ cautionary tale

October 7, 2019 David Bowcott

Your construction company is about to bid what you believe to be a very attractive new project. Your firm has been prequalified along with three others, the RFP document has been issued and you are set to compile your best

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‘Nation-building’ or folly? Project to build costly tunnel between Labrador and Newfoundland resurfaces

October 3, 2019 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—The federal Liberals’ campaign platform has rekindled discussions of a costly proposal to build a tunnel connecting the island of Newfoundland to Labrador. The platform released Sept. 29 makes only one specific reference to Newfoundland and Labrador, in

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TransAlta to build $105M cogeneration plant at natural gas facility in northern Alberta

October 3, 2019 The Canadian Press

CALGARY—TransAlta Corp. says it is partnering with SemCAMS Midstream ULC to build a $105-million power-and-steam cogeneration facility at a natural gas processing plant near Fox Creek in northern Alberta. TransAlta says it will pay for and construct the 40-megawatt plant

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Amazon planning sprawling new warehouse in Toronto

September 30, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Amazon is continuing its rapid scale-up of warehouse operations in Ontario with a new fulfillment centre on the east end of Toronto. The U.S. online retail giant said last week it’s planning to build a new one million sq. ft.

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Construction begins on $700 million residential development in Montreal, the city’s largest

September 27, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

Montreal’s skyline is about to get taller. On Sept. 26, a team of developers broke ground on Maestria, the city’s largest mixed-use residential real estate project.  A joint effort between Devimco Immobilier, the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and Fiera

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China opens new Beijing airport with world’s largest terminal

September 27, 2019 The Associated Press

BEIJING—President Xi Jinping on Sept. 25 inaugurated a second international airport for the Chinese capital with the world’s biggest terminal. Beijing’s Daxing International Airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers a year. Located on the capital’s south side, it

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EllisDon and PCL shortlisted for $1.9B Vancouver hospital project

September 26, 2019 by David Kennedy

Currently a sprawling parking lot, the site of the new hospital is one of the largest undeveloped plots of land left in Vancouver

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New Brunswick starts work on $45M project to replace two bridges along key forestry route

September 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

Work to replace a pair of aging bridges on Highway 10 in central New Brunswick is set to begin in the small community of Coles Island. The province set aside $45 million for the project in April 2018 and has