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Evergreen Line opening moved to 2016

The British Columbia ministry of transportation and infrastructure has adjusted the completion date of the Evergreen light rapid transit line to fall 2016. According to a release from the ministry, tunnel boring has been slower than anticipated, and the original date of completion of summer 2016 wil...

VRCA supports transit improvement tax

The board of directors of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) has voted to support the proposed 0.5 per cent Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax to be dedicated to the Mayors' Transportation and Transit Plan. "We know our transportation system is already under pressure," sa...

Contract signed for new B.C. arts school campus

The construction of a new home for Emily Carr University of Art + Design took a step forward Feb. 12, with the signing of a contract between the university and Applied Arts Partners. The school is a specialized post-secondary institution in B.C. offering programs in visual arts, media arts and desig...

Building a trades career while still in high school

SAIT Polytechnic is bringing high school students to campus for an early jump on trades training with a new dual-credit carpentry program. Students will graduate with their grade 12 diploma and a certificate of completion in pre-employment carpentry at the same time. They will also have the opportun...

TransLink CEO steps down

TransLink board of directors Chair Marcella Szel announced Feb. 11 that Doug Allen, on an interim basis, has replaced Ian Jarvis as CEO of TransLink. The move comes just before a plebiscite to fund billions of dollars in transportation improvements is set to take place. Those opposing the 0.5 per ce...

Lower Mainland-Southwest building permits break records in 2014

Building permits in the Lower Mainland-Southwest Region in 2014 reached their highest level since the recession, increasing 9 per cent over 2013. Municipalities across the region issued $7.7 billion worth of building permits in 2014, reported the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), u...

RAIC honours Brian MacKay-Lyons with 2015 Gold Medal

Nova Scotia architect Brian MacKay-Lyons has been honored with this year's The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Gold Medal. According to the RAIC, MacKay-Lyons' internationally acclaimed buildings are grounded in the design and construction traditions of East Coast architecture. MacKa...

Steelhead LNG and WorleyParsons sign contract for Proposed Sarita Bay LNG Project

Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG announced the signing of a contract with WorleyParsons, which could be worth in excess of $30 million, for the provision of environmental, engineering, geotechnical and regulatory services at their proposed LNG Project at Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island. Wor...

Construction spending reaching highs in Edmonton

Construction in Edmonton boomed last year with the city issuing $4.625 billion worth of building permits, a 17 per cent increase from 2013 and a 182 per cent increase over the five-year average. According to the city, construction commitments for 2015 have started strong and are expected to continue...

Edmonton development appeals can now be filed online

Citizens can now file appeals to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) online. "I am excited about announcing this technology," said Sheila McDonald, Director of Tribunals. "Having the appeals process online gives Edmontonians easy access to the information and is part of our open and ...

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