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Substantial compliance can be pretty strict: complying with terms of tender

June 22, 2016 Dirk Laudan & John Pratt

  A “discretion clause” in terms of tender can give the owner the discretion to overlook technical non-compliance by bids, and allow them to accept bids unless they are materially or substantially non-compliant. Notwithstanding this, a decision by the British Columbia

Article ConstructionLabourSkills Development

Construction workers are amongst Canada’s happiest employees

June 22, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

After months of poring over survey results and talking to construction leaders, we have uncovered exactly what it takes to be one of Canada’s Top Contractors. The answer, as always, is great people. Innovative business strategies, technologies, materials and partnerships

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Will you be ready if COR becomes mandatory?

April 26, 2016 Nate Hendley

COR certification is rapidly becoming a prerequisite for commercial contractors bidding on large projects, particularly in the Toronto area. Industry experts say COR certification could eventually become mandatory for all commercial construction jobs nationwide. The Certificate of Recognition (COR) program

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Gas saws: Cut to the chase

April 26, 2016 Patrick McConnell

When it comes to choosing a heavy-duty, gas-powered, hand-held cut-off saw, size is not always the determining factor, manufacturers agree. “The high-speed gas saw is one of the most used, and abused, pieces of equipment on any job site,” says

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Edmonton scores with LEED silver arena

April 26, 2016 Ross Monsour

The Rogers Place Arena in Edmonton is a testament to the long-term durability of concrete, and the advantages that this material brings to mega structures. The arena will be unique in the sporting industry as the first NHL facility designed

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Is there an L&M bond? Maybe you should ask . . .

April 26, 2016 By Dirk Laudan & Alexander Bjornson

Labour and material payment bonds protect unpaid subcontractors where the contractor that hired them becomes insolvent or otherwise fails to make payment. The protection provided by such bonds can vanish, however, when claimants do not know about them. Many construction

Article Risk Management

Invest in innovation to drive productivity and lower risk

April 26, 2016 David Bowcott

For as long as I can remember the construction industry has been hammered by academics, government and business leaders for having low productivity measures compared to other industries. The sector has also been criticized for poor productivity – being amongst

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Contractor hits homer in Jays’ infield

April 26, 2016 Jim Barnes

While he is not being watched as closely as pitcher Marcus Stroman, contractor Vito Nardi definitely feels like he is squarely in the public spotlight. The job he is working on – preparing Toronto’s Rogers Centre stadium, home of the

Article ConstructionInfrastructure

12 reasons to love the federal budget

April 26, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

Contractors across the country were ‘high-fiving’ each other after Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the federal budget on March 22. And rightly so! The government’s long-term commitment to infrastructure and labour initiatives will not only address Canada’s need for key

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Why Canada leads in green building

March 18, 2016 Jim Barnes

Since the Canadian Green Building Council began operating in 2002 as an offshoot of the US Green Building Council, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED) has led Canada to a prominent position internationally in environmental construction. We

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The 3 Rs of aggregate recycling

March 18, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

Efforts to launch a certification program for aggregate recycling facilities in Ontario stalled last month when partner associations and producers raised concerns at the 11th hour. Aggregate Recycling Ontario (ARO) has spent the last year and a half implementing a

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The right mobile crane for the job

March 18, 2016 David Godkin

Events on both sides of the 49th parallel bode well for the mobile crane business. President Obama is poised to sign into law Congress’s five-year, $305-billion highway bill. Further north Prime Minister Trudeau is trying to figure out how to

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Software: Green construction – Mastering the art of keeping track

March 18, 2016 Jacob Stoller

Whether a project is a high-profile green office tower or a cost-efficient single family dwelling, environmental is gradually becoming the norm. While contractors own only a segment of the environmental pie, their ability to deliver on eco-friendly projects is becoming

Article ConstructionInfrastructureRisk Management

Never pass on the opportunity to look yourself in the mirror

March 18, 2016 By David Bowcott

The primary difference between an average company and a great company is that the great company will check its ego at the door. Throughout my years, no matter the size, location, or type of work performed, the companies that excel

Article ConstructionLaw

Construction Law: When is a contractor’s extra work a compensable “extra”?

March 18, 2016 Robin Davis & John Pratt

Even in the face of the most comprehensive construction contracts, an owner may request that the contractor performs additional work that is not expressly included in the original agreement. Should the owner make such a request, two questions will likely

Article ConstructionHealth & SafetyLabour

The smelliest hazard of all

March 18, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

Potential danger lurks around every corner on the jobsite. Whether it is working at height, in a confined space, or even the seemingly simple chore of navigating heavy equipment on foot. It is for this reason that contractors spend millions

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Taking advantage of a global capital glut

February 10, 2016 David Bowcott

Multiple economic factors are converging globally to create one of history’s greatest gluts of capital. Much of this capital is looking for a home where it can make a return. With government quantitative easing programs supplementing economic growth, negative interest

Article ConstructionHeavy Equipment

Big Iron: What’s the next big thing?

February 10, 2016 Jim Barnes

Big iron has seen a steady procession of technological innovation in recent years, from grade control to advanced Tier 4 engines to sophisticated machine control to ergonomic seats in the cab. With the World of Concrete trade show coming up

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Contractor claims for owner interference

February 10, 2016 By: John Pratt and Lauren Kristjanson

Regardless of its size or scope, two elements are essential to a contractor’s ability to successfully complete any construction project: access to the work site; and the freedom to carry out the work without interference. An owner’s attempt to constrain

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Editorial: Take the bull by the horns

February 10, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

We are off to a good start in 2016. Lots of big projects are slated to break ground this year, and there’s a palpable sense of optimism amongst Canadian contractors. However, we still have one fairly sizeable obstacle to overcome: