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Article Construction

2018 forecast: vacancy rates vary

December 15, 2017 Saul Chernos

Downtown office vacancy rates in Calgary were as high as 27 per cent compared with just 4 per cent in Toronto and 8 per cent in Vancouver this past fall. Altus Group, a real estate services firm, tracks real estate

Article Construction

2018 forecast: regional outlook

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

From Sea to Sea may be a Canadian motto and unifying force. However, economic conditions vary considerably across the country. On-Site looks at prospects for 2018 region by region. British Columbia Vancouver and the province are faring quite well. However,

Article Construction

Top 10 construction trends in 2018

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

Michael Atkinson met in late summer with a group of Canada’s top construction leaders to gauge the state of the industry. With another year-end in sight, the now-past president of the Canadian Construction Association recounted a range of concerns —

Article Green ConstructionInfrastructure

2018 forecast: green infrastructure sprouting up

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

With scientists forecasting increasingly turbulent weather, builders developers and governments can expect heightened pressure in 2018 to green their infrastructure. The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, for instance, is developing new measures for stormwater run-off volume control. “It

Article Construction

2018 construction forecast: a look ahead

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

All eyes are on the year ahead, as a tumultuous 2017 winds down. Oil prices remain low, edging towards a mild recovery but not expected to come close to the highs of 2013-2014. And prospects for pipeline construction remain mixed,

Article Infrastructure

From the editor: future-proofing infrastructure

December 14, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

“When people tell me they don’t believe in climate change. I ask them: ‘Do you believe in gravity? The destructive power of climate change is the same as the strength and reality of gravity,” stated climate change guru Christian Figueres

Article Construction

8 factors to consider when buying a mobile generator

November 17, 2017 Clayton Costello

  The mobile generator you choose for your job site needs to be able to provide the dependable power your job requires, plain and simple. And because applications vary so widely, mobile generator selection should be taken on a case-by-case

Article Risk Management

BIM drives productivity gains in construction sector

September 7, 2017 David Bowcott

Everyone has seen the graphs that show construction on a downward productivity trend while other industries boast solid productivity gains. The following is a productivity graph that was produced by McKinsey & Co. that compares productivity in construction to that

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Article Software / Hardware

Can construction be automated?

September 7, 2017 Jacob Stoller

Advances in information systems have been cited as a catalyst for higher productivity in many sectors.

Article ConcreteConstruction MaterialsGreen Construction

Boehmers uses captured CO2 to make stronger concrete blocks

September 7, 2017 Nate Hendley

Boehmers is a concrete block producer in Cambridge, Ont. with a new, carbon-dioxide (CO2) infused product said to be great for the environment and superior to traditional concrete blocks. The company has been selling the Carboclave block, as the product

Article Compact Equipment

On-Site polls leading OEMs to find out which compact machines are most popular with contractors

September 7, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Ask any operator, and they will tell you: everyone has a favourite piece of equipment. There are lots of factors that contribute to one’s fondness for a specific piece of machinery, but its most often related to comfort, familiarity, and

Article Infrastructure

Government spending on infrastructure is slowly making its way down the pipe

September 6, 2017 Saul Chernos

Rome wasn’t built in a day. A trite expression, perhaps, but one which might comfort builders and other construction sector service and material providers wondering when infrastructure money the federal Liberal government promised in its two most recent budgets might

Article ConstructionSkills Development

From the editor: 5 ways to modernize skills training

September 6, 2017 Corinne Lynds

How do we prepare the next generation for construction jobs that don’t even exist yet? That’s a tough one. According to a recent report entitled An Apprenticeship Skills Agenda, we had better figure it out soon – 65 per cent

Article Law

Contractors and the Law: Breaking up is hard to do

June 20, 2017 Krista Johanson

A recent Ontario court decision illustrates the expected – and unexpected – challenges that arise when one party wishes to end a contractual relationship. In Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. v. Metrolinx, 2017 ONSC 2372, Bombardier had entered into a $770-million contract

Article Risk Management

Is the project finance industry digging deep enough?

June 20, 2017 David Bowcott

Every project needs money to move forward. Those funds are made up of equity and debt. The equity is contributed by the owner (or the concessionaire of the project) as a first layer of defense against project failure. The remainder


Propane: The underestimated fuel is being used across the jobsite

June 20, 2017 Jeremy Wishart

Propane has been a fixture on construction sites for years, most often used for power generation and materials handling. Recently, however, site managers are using propane to power a growing number of applications. More construction firms are beginning to recognize

Article Machine Control

The evolution of machine control

June 20, 2017 Nate Hendley

A lot has changed in 20 years – operators are faster and more accurate than ever

Article Construction

On-Site announces Top 5 Under 50 Employees

June 20, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

On-Site ranks Top 5 commercial contractors with 50 or under employees by revenue. See infographic for stats on this year’s Top 5.


Rosati Construction Group is a repeat winner of On-Site’s Top 5 Under 50

June 20, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

For the second time in three years, the Rosati Group has earned On-Site’s Top Contractor in the 50 employees or less category. The company’s first win came in 2014, and it should be noted that they didn’t participate last year.

Article ConstructionSoftware / Hardware

Top construction firms embrace technology, finally

June 20, 2017 Jacob Stoller

The construction industry has
a reputation for being slow to
adopt innovative technology. Many
contractors believe this is about
to change.