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Tesla’s "gigafactory" gets Nevada tax incentive support

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada Senate unanimously approved the biggest chunk of an unprecedented package on Sept. 11 to give Tesla Motors up to $1.3 billion in tax credits and other incentives to bring the electric-car maker’s $5 billion battery factory to the state, and the Assembly was preparing to ...

Dunbarton High School is the greenest Canadian school: CaGBC

OTTAWA—The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools have announced that Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ont., is the winner of the inaugural CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competition. Launched on Earth Day 2014, this annual competition seeks to find ki...

Active House opens Canadian chapter

TORONTO—A Canadian chapter of The Active House Alliance has officially been launched, which included a signing ceremony that brought together construction industry leaders, planners, academics, architects and Danish royalty. The Canadian launch is part of a Danish Trade Mission to Canada led by T...

High-profile Quebec corruption inquiry hears from last witness

MONTREAL—Quebec’s corruption inquiry, with its propensity for bombshell testimony that sometimes turned the Quebec political and business landscape on its head, has heard from its last witness. The high-profile probe completed the testimony portion of its public hearings quietly on Sept. 12 with w...

Meridian Centre construction in home stretch

Construction is nearing the home stretch in St. Catharines on the Meridian Centre, a facility that will serve as a venue for sports and other events and also act as a building block in downtown revitalization. Built in an existing lower level parking lot behind the city's main thoroughfare, St. Pa...

The Highs and Lows of Construction Unemployment Rates

State-level construction employment numbers are available monthly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but jobless rates are not. Therefore, for a state-by-state comparison of construction unemployment rates, the best one can do is to look at annual-average figures. The Great Recession in the U....

PHOTO - New school in New Westminster

West Side Middle School is taking shape in New Westminster, B.C. The project included building demo, site prep and the construction a new two-storey, 500-student school. Yellowridge Construction Ltd. along with Graham Hoffart Mathiasen Architects were named the preferred proponent and later signed a...

Kinder Morgan proposes pipeline though B.C. parks

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - Kinder Morgan is asking for B.C. Parks to amend boundaries of three provincial parks and one protected grassland to make way for its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. In its Provincial Protected Area Boundary Adjustment application, the company is asking for sections of...

Six-lane interchange improvement project wraps up in Surrey

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - A new six-lane interchange with pedestrian/cyclist sidewalks on both sides has replaced the aging two-lane overpass on 16th Avenue across Highway 99 in Surrey, British Columbia.   "This project is a result of exceptional teamwork between the province, TransLink and the City of S...

Two Sooke schools start to take form

BY SHANNON MONEO - It's not often that a school district simultaneously builds two new high schools, but the Sooke School District on Vancouver Island has been racing to have both facilities open by September 2015. Construction of a new Belmont Secondary started in June 2013 for the 1,200-student sc...

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