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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

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Bird wins $140M contract to build new two-tower development in Halifax

September 25, 2019 On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Bird Construction Inc. has won a new contract to take the lead on construction of a new two-building mixed-use project in Halifax. The construction management deal with Westwood Construction is worth $140 million. The Mississauga, Ont.-based contractor released other

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Graham completes big concrete pour as work progresses on new Vancouver tower [WATCH]

September 25, 2019 On-Site Staff

VANCOUVER—After about two years of pre-construction, demolition and excavation work, crews at the site of a future 43-storey tower in Vancouver’s west end are inching their way upward. More than 100 workers from Graham Group Ltd. spent 14 hours earlier

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Nova Scotia hires two contractors to remove collapsed crane from Halifax building

September 24, 2019 On-Site Staff, with files from The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Days after declaring a localized state of emergency to speed up the removal of a construction crane toppled as post-tropical storm Dorian swept through Halifax, the Nova Scotia government has hired two contractors to take down the ruined crane. The

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Hydro One spending $150M to build new grid control centre in Orillia, Ont.

September 24, 2019 On-Site Staff

ORILLIA, Ont.—After several years of uncertainty, Ontario utility Hydro One Inc. is moving ahead with construction on a major operations centre in Orillia, Ont. The company said Sept. 23 it plans to spend $150 million to build the new grid

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Halifax police looking for man who slashed traffic controller and drove off

September 24, 2019 The Canadian Press

Halifax police are searching for a man who cut a traffic controller with a knife in the city’s west end early Sept. 23. Investigators say the incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. after the traffic control person advised a motorist

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Molson Coors cuts the ribbon at new $300M Chilliwack, B.C. plant after three years of work

September 19, 2019 On-Site Staff

CHILLIWACK, B.C.—Construction is complete on a major new brewery in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley after three years of work. Top officials from Molson Coors Canada were on hand to cut the ribbon at the new plant that will serve Western

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Ottawa’s opens new $2.1B light rail line after six years of construction

September 18, 2019 David Kennedy

OTTAWA—After half a dozen years of construction and several substantial delays to the original timeline, service launched last weekend on Ottawa’s new Confederation Line. “Today really is the result of years of planning and extremely hard work,” the city’s Mayor

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B.C. won’t use court ruling as tactic in pipeline battle: environment minister

September 18, 2019 Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Environment Minister George Heyman says British Columbia can’t stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project but will use a court-ordered review of its environmental assessment certificates to protect the environment and coastal economies. In a decision released Sept. 17, the

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Crews top out world’s tallest residential tower at 1,550 feet

September 18, 2019 On-Site Staff

NEW YORK—After five years of construction, crews in New York City have extended a new tower a block south of Central Park to its full height of 472 metres (1,550 feet) — laying claim to the label of world’s tallest