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'Chip' one of the two tunnel boring machines creating drift tunnels for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel breaks through the wall of the island shaft. (CNW Group/Toronto Port Authority).
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Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport pedestrian tunnel project progressing

January 29, 2013 Staff Report

‘Chip’, one of the two tunnel boring machines being used to construct the pedestrian walkway to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, has completed one of the drift tunnels and broken through the tunnel’s shaft wall on Toronto Island. The Canadian-made

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AECOM nabs $350M USAID contract

January 29, 2013 Mike Ouellette

AECOM Technology Corp. is one of seven companies awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract worth up to a total of US$350 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide clean energy technical assistance. The five-year

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Canadian distributors press ministers for infrastructure investment

January 29, 2013 Associated Equipment Distributors 2013

In a Jan. 16 letter, 34 Canadian AED members asked Transport, Infrastructure & Communities Minister Denis Lebel and Finance Minister James Flaherty to renew and expand the country’s commitment to infrastructure. Signed at the annual Canadian reception and luncheon at

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Walmart Canada announces expansion plans

January 23, 2013 Staff Report

Walmart Canada plans to complete more than 37 supercentre projects in the company’s next fiscal year, which runs from February 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014. The company also announced it will be expanding its distribution network to support its

Ivanho Cambridge announced a $230-million redevelopment and expansion project at Oshawa Centre.
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Oshawa Centre invests $230M for expansion

January 23, 2013 Staff Report

Ivanhoé Cambridge has announced a $230-million redevelopment and expansion project at Oshawa Centre, a well-established shopping centre located in Oshawa, Ontario. The project will result in 260,000 sq. ft. of new construction, including approximately 185,000 sq. ft of redeveloped retail

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Ceremony held for opening of Charlottetown Airport’s expanded terminal

January 17, 2013 On-Site staff

A grand opening ceremony was held on Jan. 16 for the expanded terminal facility at Charlottetown Airport. The expansion was designed to accommodate projected traffic growth at the airport while improving its level of service. Features from the expansion and

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Petrowest wins $78M contract for completion of Highway 43 twinning

January 16, 2013 On-Site staff

Petrowest Corporation has been awarded a contract for the construction of the final section of the twinning of Highway 43 by Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation. The final section of the twinning runs 19.9 kilometres between Valleyview and Grand Prairie, Alta.

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Building permit values down in November

January 15, 2013 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, building permit values dropped 17.9 per cent, to approximately $6.2 billion in November, when compared to October. The decline follows a 15.9-per-cent increase in October. The decrease was largely fuelled by a drop

'Chip' being readied to begin boring the second of seven drift tunnels. Image from CNW Group/Toronto Port Authority.
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PCL preparing to “Chip” into second drift tunnel at Toronto airport

January 11, 2013 On-Site staff

PCL Constructors has lowered “Chip,” a $2-million tunnel boring machine, into a tunnel shaft to begin work on the second of seven drift tunnels for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) Pedestrian Tunnel project. The tunnel shafts will form

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Bird Construction Inc. subsidiary awarded contract with Nalcor Energy

January 11, 2013 On-Site staff

H.J. O’Connell, a St.John’s, Nfld.-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Bird Construction Inc., is part of a consortium that was recently awarded an excavation and civil works contract with Nalcor Energy. The IKC-ONE Earthworks Constructors consortium won a bulk excavation and civil

The facility's current features include a full-size ice surface built to Hockey Canada specifications. Photo courtesy of the Town of Kindersley.
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Saskatchewan government offers up $3.4M for redevelopment project

January 3, 2013 On-Site staff

The Town of Kindersley, Sask. received a multimillion-dollar helping hand for the redevelopment of its Kindersley Exhibition Stadium and Multi-Use Facility. The first phase of the redevelopment project will cost $12 million, with the Province of Saskatchewan offering up $3.4

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Pure Technologies awarded $1.2M contract

January 2, 2013 On-Site staff

Pure Technologies Ltd. has been awarded a contract by the Regional Municipality of York in Ontario for condition assessment and project management services for a water main that provides drinking water to the region. The contract is worth approimxately $1.2

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Chilliwack East Dike to receive more than $2M in upgrades

December 28, 2012 On-Site staff

The Chilliwack East Dike in Chilliwack, B.C. will be receiving $2.34 million worth of upgrades, courtesy of the provincial and federal governments. The upgrades are designed to increase flood protection for more than 40,000 residents living in the flood plain,

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SNC-Lavalin wins contract for U.S. power plant, debooks project in Alberta

December 27, 2012 On-Site staff

SNC-Lavalin, in a joint venture with Skanska, was recently awarded a contract for the Newark Energy Center in New Jersey. The Montreal-based firm will provide engineering, procurement, start-up and commissioning services for the 655-MW, gas-fired combined cycle power plant. Skanska

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Construction underway for $132M York Region transit facility

December 19, 2012 On-Site staff

Politicians at the federal, provincial and municipal levels came out to celebrate the start of construction for a $132 million York Region transit facility being built in Richmond Hill, Ont. The facility will maintain and store York Region Transit/Viva transit

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RFQ issued for St. Michael’s Hospital redevelopment project

December 14, 2012 On-Site staff

A request for qualifications has been issued by Infrastructure Ontario and St. Michael’s Hospital to design, build and finance a new 17-storey patient-care tower at the corner of Queen Street and Victoria Street, as well as renovate approximately 150,000 sq.

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Bird Construction buys Nason Contracting Group

December 13, 2012 On-Site staff

Bird Construction announced it is acquiring Nason Contracting Group Ltd. for $12.8 million, plus $500,000 in closing costs. Nason, a multi-discipline construction company operating throughout Western Canada, has focused on the municipal water and wastewater treatment market for more than

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New Port Mann Bridge opens to public

December 5, 2012 On-Site staff

On Dec. 1, commuters in the Coquitlam, B.C. area began enjoying their drive across eight-lanes of the 10-lane Port Mann Bridge, designed to significantly reduce commute times and accommodate regular transit service across the bridge for the first time in

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buildingSMART alliance to collaborate with Canadian chapter on BIM Standards

November 26, 2012 Institute for BIM in Canada

OTTAWA, November 26, 2012 – In an effort to collaborate on the development of building information modeling (BIM) standards, the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance and buildingSMART Canada, a Council of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC),

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IO to modify bundling process and RFQ competitions

November 23, 2012 Andrew Snook

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) have developed a framework document that offers guidelines to help protect local segments of the design and construction sector in regard to the bundling process. The document comes