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Aecon, Graham and Broccolini among On-Site’s Construction Photo Contest finalists

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March 18, 2019 by On-Site Staff

From transit infrastructure and bridge construction, to residential and commercial development work, the incredible diversity of the country’s construction industry is on full display in On-Site’s 2018 Canadian Construction Photo Contest Top Five Finalists.

Taken by both professional photographers and contractors, the runners-up — listed below in no particular order — were chosen based on composition, originality and intent, clarity and quality, lighting and exposure and colour.

We thank all entrants for their submissions and encourage builders from across the country to hold onto the pictures they snap in 2019. On-Site plans to launch this year’s contest in December.



Photographer: Aidan Connell, project manager
Location: Abbotsford, B.C.
Date: Fall 2018


A worker watches from below during a nighttime bridge lift on Highway 1 in Abbotsford. Spanning 78 metres and weighing 94,000 kilograms (208,000 pounds), the Salton Road steel bridge was lifted by a 550T mobile crane. “I was walking around the bridge as the lift commenced to ensure that everything was going to plan when I paused to take this photograph,” Aidan Connell, project manager, said. “We had several lighting rigs set up around the bridge to assist the workers and they lit up the underside of the bridge as a fog started to creep in.”



Photographer: Leon Switzer, Front Page Media Group
Location: Ottawa
Date: Spring 2018


Workers observe a pre-assembled piece of tunnel being lowered into place under a set of Canadian flags. Part of a $2.1 billion project to build the latest segment of Ottawa’s light rail transit system, the photo depicts construction of the Canadian Rideau Station West Entrance Shaft lining, which will form the longest escalator tunnel in the country. Each section was placed down on rails, then expanded when in location to the appropriate tunnel size, according to William Coleman, construction manager at OLRT Constructors, a joint venture comprising EllisDon, SNC-Lavalin and Dragados Canada. “It was a big accomplishment to see the tunnel being formed,” William Coleman, construction manager, said.



Photographer: Rick Radell
Location: Toronto
Date: Fall 2018


Below ground level, work progresses on the multibillion-dollar Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project. The shot, submitted by Aecon Group Inc., offers an elevated view of the construction activity underway by the Crosslinx Transit Solutions consortium, comprised of Aecon, EllisDon, ASC-Dragados and SNC-Lavalin. Set to wrap up in 2021, the decade-long undertak ing to build a 19-kilometre light rail line across midtown Toronto was the largest transit infrastructure project on Canadian soil in 2018.



Photographer: View from Above Productions
Location: Etobicoke, Ont.
Date: Fall 2018


Pictured, the two-tower Eau du Soleil project looks across Humber Bay toward downtown Toronto. Shot with a drone, this submission shines a spotlight on Toronto’s ever-evolving skyline and the distinctive condo project, which has been under construction since 2015. The building includes “Water Tower,” topping out at 50 storeys, and “Sky Tower” that extends 67 storeys above street level. Spearheaded by developer and contractor Empire Communities, the project is slated for completion in 2020.



Photographer: Russell Beach
Location: Ottawa
Date: Fall 2018


Montreal-based contractor and real estate development firm Broccolini captures the sprawling construction site for Amazon’s new Ottawa distribution centre. This aerial shot offers a birds-eye view of the one million square foot facility, which has been under construction since August 2018. Slated to open in the summer of 2019, the centre, where workers will pick and pack online purchases for shipment, will be the largest industrial facility ever built in the area.

The winning shot and Top Five Finalists are also featured in the March 2019 issue of On-Site. To read through the entire issue, click here.

On-Site put a spotlight on a few of this year’s leading entries. To view those, click here.