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New Port Mann Bridge opens to public

December 5, 2012 by 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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PCL makes top 10 admired corporate cultures

December 5, 2012 by On-Site staff

The PCL family of companies recently added to its vast list of awards and achievements, when it was recognized as one of Canada’s 10 most admired corporate cultures for 2012 in the enterprise category (organizations with more than $500 million

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Aecon receives Certificate of Recognition in Ontario from IHSA

December 4, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) recently presented Aecon with the Certificate of Recognition (COR) in Ontario. According to the IHSA website, companies that obtain the COR certification have the ability to “demonstrate to buyers of construction that their

A contract launch event was held on Nov. 30 for Phase 2 of the Port Hope Project. From left: Sandra Young, regional director, acquisition and compensation for Public Works & Government Services Canada; Greg Stack, vice-president, business development and design for Kenaidan Contracting, Mississauga; Rick Norlock, MP Northumberland-Quinte West; Port Hope Mayor Linda Thompson and Port Hope Area Initiative Management Office Port Hope Project director Walter van Veen. Image courtesy of Port Hope Area Initiative management office.
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Phase 2 of Port Hope Project underway

November 30, 2012 by On-Site staff

The second phase of the Port Hope Project recently began, with the construction of the $22-million Water Treatment Plant construction contract underway. The contract, which includes site clearing and road upgrades, was awarded to Mississauga, Ont.-based Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. The

Members of the Toronto International Film Festival team pose for a photo after being awarded the Ontario Concrete Award for the Mid to High Rise Residential category on Nov. 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
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Concrete champions

November 30, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Ontario Concrete Awards took place on Nov. 28, 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during Construct Canada and honoured innovative concrete-related design and construction across the province. Award winners Architectural Merit – Rotman School of Management Expansion Location:

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SNC-Lavalin responds to arrest of former CEO

November 30, 2012 by On-Site staff

SNC-Lavalin recently responded to the arrest of its former CEO Pierre Duhaime. The Montreal-based engineering firm released this statement on Nov. 28 in response to Duhaime’s arrest: “We have just been informed of the arrest of Pierre Duhaime. We have

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Takeuchi names new dealer in Manitoba

November 30, 2012 by On-Site staff

Atlanta-based Takeuchi has added AgCon Equipment to its North American dealer network. AgCon will represent the company’s full line of compact earthmoving equipment from its offices in Springfield, Man. AgCon can be contacted at: (202) 255-4772 or visit www.agconequipment.ca Takeuchi

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Average weekly earnings down in September

November 28, 2012 by On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, average weekly earnings from employees within the construction sector fell 0.5 per cent in September when compared to the previous month. Construction sector employees had average weekly earnings of  $1,143.82 in September, compared

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buildingSMART alliance to collaborate with Canadian chapter on BIM Standards

November 26, 2012 by 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),

Clark Builders employees take a photo at the site for Edmonton's new Police Services Station during a company barbecue held last summer. Clark's management arranged for EPS to bring out their new tank during the event. Photo courtesy of Clark Builders.
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Keeping employees engaged

November 23, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Aon Hewitt’s Top 50 Best Employers in Canada for 2013 lists several construction companies among the finest places to work in the country. The main requirement for being recognized on this prestigious list is creating and sustaining a highly engaged workforce. Consulting

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IO to modify bundling process and RFQ competitions

November 23, 2012 by 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

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Portable concrete analyzer nets Giatec $150K in funding

November 20, 2012 by On-Site staff

Giatec Scientific has found a concrete solution for bringing its portable concrete analyzer to market. The Ottawa-based structural integrity technology company recently received $150,000 from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), awarded through OCE’s Market Readiness program. The money will be used to

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Twenty-year plan for Canada’s infrastructure

November 20, 2012 by On-Site staff

How much time does Canada need to fix its current infrastructure? Twenty years, according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The FCM recommended that a 20-year plan with “predictable funding” is required to fix the country’s infrastructure. “A long-term

EllisDon was recently awarded its first managed services contract for work being completed at PwC Tower in Toronto. Photo courtesy of EllisDon.
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EllisDon wins first managed services contract

November 16, 2012 by On-Site staff

EllisDon recently entered new territory, when the company was awarded its first managed services contract for work being completed at PwC Tower in Toronto. The 650,000-sq.-ft. office building is owned by the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and is located

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Membership fees set for College of Trades

November 15, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) has set its membership fees for 2013. The annual membership fees are broken down as follows:  Apprenticeship Class – $60Journeyperson Candidates Class – $60Tradespersons Class – $60Journeypersons Class – $120Employers/Sponsors Class – $120 (for

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Building construction booming in Halifax

November 14, 2012 by On-Site staff

Construction costs of materials and labour increased substantially in the Maritime provinces’ largest city in the third quarter of 2012. According to a recent Statistics Canada survey, Halifax experienced a 0.7-per cent increase (from 143.4 to 144.4) in the non-residential

Deere & Company chairman and CEO Sam Allen accepts the AEM Hall of Fame plaque from 2012 chair of the AEM and CEO of Krone, North America, Rusty Fowler.
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John Deere inducted into AEM Hall of Fame

November 13, 2012 by On-Site staff

John Deere (Deere & Company) is riding high after being named a 2012 inductee for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame. The company was chosen based on five criteria evaluated by an independent panel: innovation, industry contributions,

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RCCAO offers alternatives to landfilling soil

November 12, 2012 by On-Site staff

According to the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), between 20-25 million cubic metres of excess soil are being excavated annually from construction sites across Ontario. The landfilling of this soil puts more trucks on the road increasing greenhouse gas emissions

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EllisDon receives slew of LEED certifications

November 9, 2012 by Staff Report

EllisDon celebrated six LEED certifications over the past few months. The projects contained a few firsts for EllisDon, including the first LEED Platinum project for the company in Eastern Canada. All projects were certified under CaGBC’s LEED Canada for New

ACCE building in Ottawa, Ont. Photo courtesy of Algonquin College.
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Algonquin construction centre LEEDing Eastern Canada

November 9, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) recently obtained LEED Platinum certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), the first building to obtain LEED Platinum status in Eastern Canada. The $79-million facility built on Algonquin College’s Woodroffe Campus in