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April 25, 2014

Draft standard for snow loads on buildings in northern Canada open for feedback

The draft Managing Changing Snow Load Risks for Buildings in Canada’s North standard is now available for a 60-day review online.

April 25, 2014

Having a blast on the job — demo with finesse

At first blush, the concept of finesse and demolition using explosive forces may not sound like a workable marriage but it’s proving to be a match made in heaven for some jobs.

April 24, 2014

CEO honours top Ontario engineer firms

An Ottawa-based consulting engineering firm that implemented an innovative design to create a multi-use path along a steep section of escarpment along the Ottawa River received top honours at the 2014 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards.

April 23, 2014

Arup to design wellhead platform concrete gravity structure for White Rose Extension Project

Multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm Arup has been selected by Husky Energy to carry out the detailed engineering design for the White Rose Extension Project concrete gravity structure.

April 23, 2014

Wilson Station Stop

Construction continues to move up at The Station Condos on the Subway in Toronto, Ont.

April 23, 2014

Office Job

Exterior work is moving closer to the top floor of the future Sobeys Regional Headquarters in Mississauga, Ont.

April 22, 2014

Goldring Roof

Construction has reached the top floor of the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport at the University of Toronto St. George Campus in Toronto, Ont.

April 22, 2014

New OCOT ratios now in effect

New journeyperson to apprentice ratios are now in effect for 15 skilled trades in Ontario following the review of 33 ratios through the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

April 21, 2014

Compulsory certification in carpentry a “job killer”, says Kenney

Federal employment minister Jason Kenney has said that compulsory certifying the carpentry trade would be a “job killer”, a statement welcomed by the Stop the Trades Tax campaign.

April 21, 2014

WaterGarden Worker

Exterior work continues on the Minto WaterGarden condominiums at 7608 Yonge St. in Thornhill, Ont.

April 16, 2014

Large wave of project enter Holcim Awards competition

Over 6,000 projects were recently entered into the fourth cycle of the International Holcim Awards competition which recognizes sustainable construction from 152 countries.

April 15, 2014

Soaring up Simcoe

A concrete bucket gets a hoist at the No. 210 Residences on Simcoe condominium project in Toronto, Ont.

April 14, 2014

“Iconic” building to link new and old Windsor campuses

If it looks a little like something out of science fiction that might be intentional in that planners of the University of Windsor’s new Welcome Centre sought a futuristic look to tie both the old and new parts of the campus together.

April 14, 2014

Branksome Hall Project

Construction progresses at the independent girls school Branksome Hall on the new athletics and wellness centre in Toronto, Ont.

April 11, 2014

Lafarge-Holcim “merger of equals”results in industry giant

Two of the world’s largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a “merger of equals” recently that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues from around the world, including their cement and concrete businesses in Canada.

April 11, 2014

Balcony Work

Balcony rail installation is moving up on the World on Yonge residential and commercial development at Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue in Thornhill, Ont.

April 10, 2014

Lofts on the Donway

Construction is progressing on the Liv Lofts at 75 The Donway which involves conversion of an existing 15-storey office building in Toronto, Ont.

April 10, 2014

Five Condos Concrete

Concrete pouring continues for the Five Condos at 5 St. Joseph St. in Toronto, Ont.

April 10, 2014

391 bridges in Nova Scotia have serious damage

Nova Scotia’s bridges are corroding and crumbling to the point where 391 of those inspected were listed as having serious damage including missing concrete, says a provincial database.

April 10, 2014

Lafarge’s research tackles cement’s “bad boy” image

For years cement has been the environmental bad boy of the construction industry.

April 9, 2014

Research brings science to traditional construction of infill walls

The CSA standard for masonry infill walls is being updated this year and likely, based in part, on the results ongoing research at Dalhousie University.

April 9, 2014

The CO2 conundrum — one Halifax firm thinks it found the cure

Sometimes, it’s necessary to step back from a problem, then take a different route to its solution.

April 8, 2014

Partnership targets affordable and sustainable housing

When Lafarge, the international cement and concrete giant, decided to build a duplex dwelling in Edmonton for Habitat for Humanity, there was quite a bit of comment among those who watch things like advances in “green” technologies.

April 8, 2014

Modern concrete gives bridge a second life

From a distance, the Canadian Niagara Power Forebay Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ont. looked as it did when it was completed in 1905.

April 7, 2014

Unique formwork system used in Bay-Adelaide East Tower project

A good eye will notice something different about the construction of the 47-storey Bay-Adelaide East Tower in downtown Toronto.

April 7, 2014

Three Tower Job

Construction is moving along on Phase One of the 2150 condos being built on the site of a former car dealership in Scarborough, Ont.

April 7, 2014

Glass fibre concrete wrap use in construction waiting for a break out role, says expert

Wrapping concrete beams, walls, slabs and columns with a fibre-reinforced polymer or using fibre rods as rebar has proved to increase load capacity and prevent cracking and degradation but breaking the price barrier remains elusive, says one expert.

April 4, 2014

Keeyask hydroelectric station project contract awarded

BBE Hydro Constructors LP (BBE) has been awarded a contract worth approximately $1.4 billion by Manitoba Hydro to build the Keeyask Hydroelectric Generating Station on the lower Nelson River in northern Manitoba.

April 4, 2014

Downtown Honda DealershipDowntown Honda Dealership

Work is progressing on the Downtown Honda’s New Flagship Dealership at 47 Eastern Ave. in Toronto, Ont.

April 4, 2014

Subway Extension

Work is progressing for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension at the York University station in Toronto, Ont.

April 2, 2014

Tragedy averted in Los Angeles parking garage work site collapse

A portion of a parking garage being built to house buses in downtown Los Angeles collapsed on March 28, just minutes after nearly 200 construction workers were alerted that something was wrong and fled to safety, officials said.

April 2, 2014

GWL Glass Work

Glass installation is moving up on the GWL Building C new office at 7025 Langer Rd. in Mississauga, Ont.

April 2, 2014

Scaffolding work for L Tower build in Toronto challenging

As scaffolding jobs go, the contract for the 60-storey L Tower in downtown Toronto is both unique and challenging.

April 2, 2014

Province unveils proposed changes to wood use in Ontario

A submitted proposal by the Ontario government to make amendments to the provincial building code, allowing the construction of wood buildings up to six storeys, has caught some members of the cement and concrete industry by surprise.

April 1, 2014

Integrity is everything in procurement

I am very concerned with what I have seen over the last several weeks related to the tender process at several municipalities.

March 31, 2014

Windows on the Waterfront

Window installation is progressing on the Ocean Club Waterfront Condominiums in Etobicoke, Ont.

March 31, 2014

Movin’ In

Exterior work is wrapping up and occupancy will begin at the Watermark Condos in the Long Branch area of Etobicoke, Ont.

March 28, 2014

Windsor concrete dive tower requires innovation in design and construction

After 18 years in the business of concrete forming, civil engineer Dennis Schincariol still comes across the occasional job that throws a new curveball his way.

March 27, 2014

Clean Line Energy eyes $2.2 billion transmission line construction

The windy plains of Kansas could be a treasure trove in the nation’s effort to harness clean energy, but a major proposal to move wind-generated electricity eastward is running into a roadblock: Farmers who don’t want high-power transmission lines on their land

March 27, 2014

New York’s Sept. 11 museum construction wraps up

A long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center site on May 21, officials announced Monday.


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