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April 21, 2014

Ontario to invest in cycling infrastructure

Ontario is proposing to invest $10 million over three years to help municipalities improve cycling infrastructure.

April 16, 2014

Taskgroup to work on engaging Aboriginal communities

The Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) business and market development committee has struck a taskgroup to look into developing a guide on engaging aboriginal communities.

April 15, 2014

Trio of Ontario associations update electronic plansroom for their members

A group of Ontario’s local construction associations have taken a step forward by adopting a new, advanced electronic plansroom platform.

April 15, 2014

Waterloo Region LRT work agreement almost done

Work on the first stage of a long-awaited light rail transit system to serve the Waterloo Region will swing into gear as soon as the groups involved finalize the terms of the public-private partnership development agreement.

April 14, 2014

The Working Dead — construction of a post-apocalyptic zombie world

John Fore has built bridges, hospitals, prisons and farms — and that’s just in the last four years as construction coordinator for the AMC TV series The Walking Dead.

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 11, 2014

Brazilian airport infrastructure not ready for World Cup, say experts

Infrastructure experts say that Brazil has run out of time to meet its promise to fully expand and renovate airports that will serve hundreds of thousands of fans pouring into the country for the World Cup that starts in just two months.

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

Government investigates Windsor parkway walls

The government is conducting a review of the retaining walls along the 11-kilometre Rt. Hon. Herb Gray (formerly Windsor – Essex) Parkway to determine if there are any problems with the “design and construction techniques” of the hundreds of RSS (Retained Soil Systems) pre-cast panels that have gone into building them.

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 9, 2014

Canada’s North: Infrastructure on mining wishlist

Speaking at the annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada in Toronto in March, business representatives from the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories (N.W.T.) had a different take as they discussed infrastructure and other challenges they face — and some of their recent achievements.

April 9, 2014

Young engineering minds put to the test

Using only Popsicle sticks, white glue, and construction paper for the decking, scores of elementary school students throughout Peel Region built miniature bridges earlier this winter.

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

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 3, 2014

Gardiner to undergo rehabilitation work

Three major construction projects to rehabilitate the Gardiner Expressway will begin in April.

April 3, 2014

A Closer Look VIDEO: ONroute King City service centre redevelopment

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Host Kilmer Services Centre have teamed up to redevelop 20 service centres along Highways 400 and 401.

April 3, 2014

ONroute centres ontrack for complete revamp

Site contamination and public safety were some of the biggest concerns when creating the new ONroute service centres along Ontario’s Highways 400 and 401.

April 1, 2014

CAA SCO calls for dedicated road funding

The Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is calling on the Ontario government to permanently dedicate a portion of revenue collected from gas taxes toward fixing the province’s roads, bridges and highways.

April 1, 2014

Multiple bridge projects slated for Hamilton

Steeltown is living up to its name, with 12 bridge rehabilitation projects either underway or slated to start in Hamilton, Ont.

March 31, 2014

CCInnovations ready to lead innovation charge

Canadian Construction Innovations (CCInnovations) aims to lead the charge on the innovation front in the construction industry instead of being led, says its chair.

March 28, 2014

38 U.S. states add jobs: AGC

A recent report released by the Associated General Contractors of America points out that 38 states in the U.S. had added jobs between January 2013 and January 2014, while 27 states experienced construction employment gains between December and January.

March 27, 2014

Dan McNichol set to deliver keynote at OHMPA AGM

The Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA) has announced that award-winning construction journalist and best-selling author Dan McNichol will be the keynote speaker at its Annual General Meeting and Conference on March 27 in Collingwood, Ont.

March 25, 2014

EDC to work with construction for bonding solution

Export Development Canada (EDC) made its case to Canada’s construction industry recently that a permanent industry-based solution is needed for bonding P3 projects domestically.

March 24, 2014

U.S. adds construction jobs despite harsh winter season

A recent report released by the Associated General Contractors of America points out that 38 states in the U.S. had added jobs between January 2013 and January 2014, while 27 states experienced construction employment gains between December and January.

March 24, 2014

Construction kicks off on highway extension

The Manitoba government has started construction on a project to extend a section of the Trans-Canada Highway to an existing roadway, which will improve access to an inland port.

March 24, 2014

Middle class safe from tax increases

The Ontario government has announced that it will go ahead with a transportation and infrastructure plan that won’t include increases in the gas tax, HST or personal income taxes for the middle class. The province is set to increase the minimum wage to $11 an hour starting June 1, in addition to a 30 per cent tuition grant, full-day kindergarten and a plan to bring down auto insurance rates by an average of 15 per cent.

March 24, 2014

Ottawa LRT named P3 deal of the year

Ottawa’s light-rail transit (LRT) project, the Confederation Line, has been named the North American Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine.

March 21, 2014

Aviva Canada finds new home in Downtown Markham

Superior amenities and the unique benefits provided by a mixed-use development are among the many reasons why Aviva Canada Inc. (Aviva Canada) recently announced plans to relocate their head office to The Remington Group’s Downtown Markham development.

March 21, 2014

Alberta still a heavyweight when it comes to job creation

When it comes to job creation in Canada, there’s Alberta and then there’s everybody else.

March 21, 2014

Los Angeles subway dig reveals prehistoric artifacts

An exploratory subway shaft dug just down the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has uncovered a treasure trove of other prehistoric artifacts in the land where saber-tooth cats and other early animals once roamed, the Los Angeles Times reported March 15.

March 20, 2014

Kingston's Anchor Concrete wins award

Anchor Concrete Products of Kingston, Ont. recently earned a first place award in the annual Creative Use of Precast Awards competition sponsored by the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) for work on the Highway 407 East Expansion project in Whitby, Ont.


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