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SNC-Lavalin awarded $135M contract in Saudi Arabia

August 23, 2012 On-Site staff

SNC-Lavalin will be operating and maintaining the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for the next decade. The Montreal, Que.-based engineering and construction firm recently announced that it has signed a 10-year

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Historic B.C. bridge to be rehabilitated

August 22, 2012 On-Site staff

The Hagwilget Bridge near New Hazelton, B.C. is the recipient of a multi-million dollar rehabilitation contract. The contract for the rehabilitation of the single-lane, steel suspension bridge was awarded to Forbes Industrial Contractors Ltd., based out of Prince George, B.C.

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Pure Technologies wins contract in Mexico

August 21, 2012 On-Site staff

Pure Technologies Ltd. recently announced it has been awarded a $2.4-million contract with the Organismo de Cuenca Aguas del Valle de Mexico, Cutzamela, Mexico. The Calgary-based asset management technology and services company will be providing SoundPrint Acoustic Fiber Optic (AFO)

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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

Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada John Duncan and Membertou Band Chief Terrance Paul pose for a photo on Aug. 15 during the announcement of a $7-million interchange that will be built on Highway 125 in Cape Breton, N.S. Photo courtesy of Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs.
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$7-million interchange to be built for growing First Nation community

August 16, 2012 On-Site staff

The Membertou First Nation’s economy and population are growing, and so is the infrastructure to accommodate them. Thanks to a joint funding effort between the Government of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia and Membertou Band, a $7-million interchange will be

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Crash-prone B.C. intersection gets $3 million worth of safety upgrades

August 15, 2012 On-Site staff

Members of the Saanich, B.C. community wanted its province government to improve safety at the Highway 17/Sayward Road intersection in Saanich, B.C., and today they got their wish. The intersection will be receiving $3-million worth of upgrades for improving safety,

Doug Haughey has been appointed CEO of The Churchill Corporation. Photo courtesy of The Churchill Corporation.
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The Churchill Corporation appoints new CEO

August 14, 2012 On-Site staff

The Churchill Corporation recently announced Douglas Haughey as its new CEO. The news comes shortly after David LeMay was named the president and acting CEO for the Calgary-based construction and industrial services company on July 31, 2012. LeMay will continue

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SNC-Lavalin appoints new president and CEO

August 13, 2012 On-Site staff

SNC-Lavalin recently announced the appointment of Robert Card as its new president and CEO starting October 1, 2012. The Montreal-based firm stated it selected Card for “his excellent credentials in leading engineering, construction and operations businesses internationally.” Card has held

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Construction employment up in July

August 10, 2012 On-Site staff

Employment in the construction sector increased by 0.8 per cent or approximately 10,700 jobs in July when compared to the previous month, according to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, July 2012. Over the 12-month period from July 2011 to July

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Improvements coming for B.C. highway

August 9, 2012 On-Site staff

A $3.4-million contract for improvements to Highway 6 near Nelson, B.C. was recently awarded to Interoute Construction Ltd. The Crescent Valley, B.C.-based company will resurface approximately 14 kilometres of Highway 6, between Euphrates Mine and Nelson. The contract also includes the

Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird was on hand to mark the recent completion of the $68.2-million Highway 69 widening and realignment project. Photo: Transport Canada.
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Highway 69 improvements complete

August 8, 2012 On-Site staff

Residents living in the Sudbury, Ont. area are enjoying the summer of 69, Highway 69. The widening and realignment project for the north-south highway that connects rural and urban areas from Highway 400 near Perry Sound, Ont. to the Greater

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Freightliner makes gains in vocational truck market

August 8, 2012 James Menzies

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. – Refocusing on the vocational truck market is paying big dividends for Freightliner.  The company decided two years ago to establish itself as “the dominant player” in the vocational truck market; and while it still has some

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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

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Awareness campaign for WSIB mandatory coverage underway

August 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) launched an awareness campaign on July 31, designed to make the construction industry aware of new rules and encourage people working in the sector to pre-register for coverage. The campaign dubbed, “Be Registered, Be Ready,” is

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Construction GDP down in May

July 31, 2012 Andrew Snook

Gross domestic product for the construction sector dropped 0.2 per cent in May, when compared to the previous month. The decline was due to a decrease in residential building and non-residential building construction (to a lesser degree), which more than

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Contracts totalling $5.6M awarded for improvements to Highways 2 and 97

July 30, 2012 Andrew Snook

Two contracts were recently awarded for improvement projects on Highway 2 and Highway 97 in B.C. Knelsen Rock Products Ltd., based in Grand Prairie, Alta. obtained a $2.4-mllion contract to construct a two-kilometre northbound passing lane on Highway 97 at

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Advisory panel: Turn Ontario Place into a mixed-use facility

July 26, 2012 Andrew Snook

The final report on the fate of Ontario Place was released today and the message is clear: park it, all year round. Turning Ontario Place into a multi-use site that features waterfront and parkland for the public to enjoy was

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Earnings for construction employees down in May

July 26, 2012 Andrew Snook

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, average weekly earnings in the construction sector fell 0.7 per cent in May (to $1,133.09), when compared to the previous month ($1,140.87). Construction employees’ average weekly earnings remained up over the 12-month period