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Toronto Eaton Centre heritage property to undergo major restoration

April 26, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A heritage property in downtown Toronto, part of the Toronto Eaton Centre, will be redeveloped into retail and office space. Cadillac Fairview said it plans to preserve and restore the architecture of the building, located on the corner of Yonge

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$10M four-laning project kicks off in Golden, B.C.

April 26, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

GOLDEN—Construction has begun on a project to expand a section of the Trans-Canada Highway between Donald and Forde Station Road near Golden, B.C. Work includes widening over two kilometres of highway to four lanes, and improving access to the commercial

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Vacuum excavators feature low-profile design, improved fuel capacity

April 26, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Ditch Witch HX-Series vacuum excavators feature a standard, cyclonic three-stage filtration system. The line includes three models: HX30, HX50 and HX75, each equipped with the Kubota Tier 4 final engine with a range of 24.8-, 49- and 74-hp, respectively. The

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EllisDon starts work on $411M redevelopment of Toronto hospital

April 26, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Construction crews have begun work on a significant expansion and modernization project at Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital on the city’s east end. The project includes the construction of a new eight-storey patient care tower, a three-storey connection to the existing

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Construction begins on REM transportation network

April 25, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—Main construction sites have been announced for the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), Quebec’s largest public transit project in the last 50 years. Work on the REM will begin April 27. It is expected to be operational in 2021. Construction sites

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Trimble rounds-out construction technology offering with acquisition

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Trimble has agreed to acquire Portland, Ore.-based Viewpoint for US$1.2 billion. The purchase aims to extend Trimble’s construction management software offering, and is complementary to its recent acquisition of Florida-based software company e-Builder, which it purchased for $500 million in

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Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage

April 24, 2018 Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

TOKYO—Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labour shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory

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EllisDon acquires Carillion Canada health care assets

April 23, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

EllisDon is now the sole service provider for four Ontario health facilities previously under Carillion Canada operations. Plans to acquire the assets were announced in February. The company acquired 100 per cent of four Carillion entities that provide support services

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PCL teams up with Microsoft on smart building technology

April 20, 2018 by David Kennedy

Edmonton—PCL Construction has joined forces with tech giant Microsoft to develop a series next-generation smart building methods. The contractor announced the partnership April 18, saying the collaborative effort will marry PCL’s engineering and work site expertise with technical and research

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Feds ordered savings review for Gordie Howe bridge over cost concerns

April 19, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Ottawa has been keeping a tight lid on how much the new cross-border bridge will cost to build

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HD Supply Brafasco opens new brick and mortar location in Windsor, Ont.

April 19, 2018 On-Site Staff

HD Supply Brafasco has swung open the doors at its newest brick and mortar location in southwestern Ontario. The nationwide distributor of fasteners, anchors, tools, abrasives, safety products and concrete supplies cut the ribbon at its 45th Canadian store in

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Bobcat grading and trenching buckets promise maximum digging capabilities

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Bobcat Company has expanded on its current attachment line-up with redesigned trenching buckets and all-new grading buckets for its E26 through E85 compact excavators. The new grading buckets – available in 36-, 48- and 60-in. widths – share the same

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Trade contractors summit held on federal, provincial prompt payment

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Trade contractors and associations from across Canada came together on April 4, 2018 in Toronto, ON to discuss payment legislation. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) Prompt Payment Summit included member presentations on new developments and discussion on

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PwC names PCL award finalist for cloud-based technology adoption

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

PCL Construction has been recognized by PwC Canada as a 2018 Vision to Reality (V2R) Awards finalist in the reinventor category. The company is recognized for its adoption of digital technology in construction. PCL eliminated an entire on-premise data centre

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Stakeholder meeting necessary to move Trans Mountain pipeline forward: CBTU

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Canadian Building Trades Unions has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to hold an emergency meeting by bringing the Kinder Morgan Pipeline stakeholders to the table. Earlier this week, the future of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was cast in

Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario, addresses the Building Canada Up Summit on Aug. 6th, 2014 in Toronto, Ont.
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Ontario government waives procurement fees

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Fees on provincial government procurement opportunities have been eliminated in Ontario. Businesses can now submit bids for free on the Ontario Tenders Portal – previously a charge of $300 per bid or $750 annually for unlimited bids. A $525 annual

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Doosan adds new authorized dealer in Ottawa

April 13, 2018 On-Site Staff

Ottawa’s Eastrock Equipment Canada will now serve as an authorized sales, service, parts and rental location for Doosan heavy equipment. Doosan Infracore announced that the dealership serving the Ottawa-Carleton, Prescott-Russell and Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry areas will become its latest authorized Canadian dealer

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Aecon consortium named preferred bidder for Toronto’s $1.2B Finch West light rail project

April 12, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Infrastructure Ontario and Toronto-area transit agency Metrolinx have picked their preferred proponent to build the Finch West Light Rail Transit project in northwest Toronto. The two agencies have tapped the Mosaic Transit Group—led by Aecon Group Inc., ACS Infrastructure Canada

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New Brunswick to twin Route 11, construct controlled access bypass

April 10, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The provincial and federal governments are investing over $180 million to twin two sections of New Brunswick’s Route 11. Construction will begin this summer with the twinning of 6.8 kilometres between Shediac River and Cocagne River, and another 13.8 kilometres

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CCDC launches coast-to-coast seminars on project delivery, IPD and procurement

April 10, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) is launching a series of cross-country seminars between April and May 2018. The seminars will introduce new and updated documents, with a focus on project delivery methods as well as procurement and contracting requirements.