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Toronto Eaton Centre heritage property to undergo major restoration

April 26, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A heritage property in downtown Toronto, part of the Toronto Eaton Centre, will be redeveloped into retail and office space. Cadillac Fairview said it plans to preserve and restore the architecture of the building, located on the corner of Yonge

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$10M four-laning project kicks off in Golden, B.C.

April 26, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

GOLDEN—Construction has begun on a project to expand a section of the Trans-Canada Highway between Donald and Forde Station Road near Golden, B.C. Work includes widening over two kilometres of highway to four lanes, and improving access to the commercial

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EllisDon starts work on $411M redevelopment of Toronto hospital

April 26, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Construction crews have begun work on a significant expansion and modernization project at Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital on the city’s east end. The project includes the construction of a new eight-storey patient care tower, a three-storey connection to the existing

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Construction begins on REM transportation network

April 25, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—Main construction sites have been announced for the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), Quebec’s largest public transit project in the last 50 years. Work on the REM will begin April 27. It is expected to be operational in 2021. Construction sites

Evolv1 zero carbon building design certification
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Waterloo office building earns Canada’s first zero carbon certification

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Cora Group has earned Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building – Design certification for evolv1, a commercial multitenant office building in Waterloo, Ont. Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) presents the certification, which required the building to: model a zero carbon

UBC rammed earth construction
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UBC study looks to strengthen rammed earth construction

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Compressed soil, or rammed earth, is the focus of a study out of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus. The use of soil as a construction material may offer a reduction in costs and energy consumption, according to

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Trimble rounds-out construction technology offering with acquisition

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Trimble has agreed to acquire Portland, Ore.-based Viewpoint for US$1.2 billion. The purchase aims to extend Trimble’s construction management software offering, and is complementary to its recent acquisition of Florida-based software company e-Builder, which it purchased for $500 million in

Fredericton road work improvements
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Paving, reconstruction and curb and gutter installation for Fredericton roads

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

New Brunswick will invest about $1.6 million for roadwork projects in Fredericton, N.B. Part of Pointe-Sainte-Anne Boulevard will be reconstructed, as well as Lincoln Road between Draco Road and Experimental Road. Curb and gutter installation will take place on Hanwell

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Ontario introduces minimum pay-rate legislation for contractors

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Legislation to establish minimum pay rates for Ontario private-sector contractors has been introduced. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the proposed Government Contract Wages Act, 2018, at the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local 46, in Toronto. If passed, the province

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Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage

April 24, 2018 by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

TOKYO—Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labour shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory

EllisDon acquires Carillion Canada health care assets Ontario
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EllisDon acquires Carillion Canada health care assets

April 23, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

EllisDon is now the sole service provider for four Ontario health facilities previously under Carillion Canada operations. Plans to acquire the assets were announced in February. The company acquired 100 per cent of four Carillion entities that provide support services

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PCL teams up with Microsoft on smart building technology

April 20, 2018 by David Kennedy

Edmonton—PCL Construction has joined forces with tech giant Microsoft to develop a series next-generation smart building methods. The contractor announced the partnership April 18, saying the collaborative effort will marry PCL’s engineering and work site expertise with technical and research

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Feds ordered savings review for Gordie Howe bridge over cost concerns

April 19, 2018 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Ottawa has been keeping a tight lid on how much the new cross-border bridge will cost to build

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HD Supply Brafasco opens new brick and mortar location in Windsor, Ont.

April 19, 2018 by On-Site Staff

HD Supply Brafasco has swung open the doors at its newest brick and mortar location in southwestern Ontario. The nationwide distributor of fasteners, anchors, tools, abrasives, safety products and concrete supplies cut the ribbon at its 45th Canadian store in

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Trade contractors summit held on federal, provincial prompt payment

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Trade contractors and associations from across Canada came together on April 4, 2018 in Toronto, ON to discuss payment legislation. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) Prompt Payment Summit included member presentations on new developments and discussion on

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PwC names PCL award finalist for cloud-based technology adoption

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

PCL Construction has been recognized by PwC Canada as a 2018 Vision to Reality (V2R) Awards finalist in the reinventor category. The company is recognized for its adoption of digital technology in construction. PCL eliminated an entire on-premise data centre

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Stakeholder meeting necessary to move Trans Mountain pipeline forward: CBTU

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Canadian Building Trades Unions has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to hold an emergency meeting by bringing the Kinder Morgan Pipeline stakeholders to the table. Earlier this week, the future of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was cast in

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Changes to Ontario Labour Relations Act could impact worker rights: LiUNA

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Amendments to Ontario’s Labour Relations Act could see over 4,000 concrete form workers lose bargaining rights, according to the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Changes to the act would allow The Carpenters’ Union to represent other trades in

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$924M in highway improvement projects announced for Saskatchewan

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Government of Saskatchewan will invest $924 million in highway improvement and maintenance projects for 2018-19. About $51 million will be invested in major safety projects, including: Warman and Martensville interchanges Twinning Highway 7 between Vanscoy and Delisle Twinning and

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Roadwork projects announced for Saint Andrews, N.B.

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A $1.6 million investment has been announced for roadwork in Saint Andrews, N.B. as part of the province’s 2018-19 capital budget. Funds from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will pave a 7.9-kilometre section of Route 127 from Clark Road