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Rainwater will be used to top up university swimming pool

Construction of a new aquatic centre at the University of British Columbia began recently with the excavation of a large underground cistern. The 1.3 million litre holding tank will harvest rainwater from the aquatic centre's roof to replenish evaporated pool water as well as help manage extreme sto...

Demolition marks renewal for Waypoint Centre

Sometimes a demolition project is one of the most significant steps in renewal. Just days after EllisDon put the finishing touches on the $474-million forensic hospital at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene, crews from JMX Contracting Inc. of Gormley, Ont. began tearing do...

Construction Corner: Efficient buildings in a warming world

It started early in the 1970s, when the Organization of Petroleum Countries, embargoed sales of oil to the United States and other allies of Israel as a way of protesting arms sales to Israel in what came to be known as the Yom Kippur War. That was in 1973-74, and was followed by what people came ...

Engineers use waste to support closed Giant Mine

As part of the lengthy reclamation of the closed Giant Mine in the Northwest Territories, mine tailings – the waste that is left over from processing of the ore – are being used to provide underground structural support to stabilize the site. Golder Associates Ltd. is applying a technique called pas...

PHOTO: Children’s Hospital

Foundation and piling work, undertaken by Deep Foundations Contractors Inc., has been underway on the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon since Sept. 25. Tenders for construction of the five floor, 176 bed hospital are scheduled to be awarded later this year. The project is being funded...

Pilot project looks to burn construction waste

A $9-million pilot project to use construction debris as fuel to fire cement kilns is moving into a full scale test mode at LafargeHolcim’s Bath plant. The program is funded in part by a $2.68 million National Research Council grant with LafargeHolcim putting up the balance. It is designed to firs...

Office tower construction in Calgary reaches record levels

Over the past five years, more than seven million square feet of office space has been built in Calgary and another five million square feet of office space is under construction. That's according to the 36th annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, issued by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urba...

Unexpected hurdles are a challenge for new museum

There are intangibles that simply aren't foreseen while designing a building on a computer. A rising river and an extremely cold winter, for example, complicated early construction on the $75.8 million Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. High volume on the South Saskatchewan River caused wate...

Ivanhoe River Bridge restoration a challenge

A three-month $530,000 bridge repair might, at first glance, seem like a fairly routine project. Restoring two structurally defective piers on the Ivanhoe River Bridge on Highway 101 in the Northern Ontario community of Foleyet was anything but straight-forward for the Ministry of Transportation, ...

Ontario struggles to divert construction waste

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) says it’s in vital consultation with stakeholders around reducing the amount of construction and demolition (C&D) waste going into landfills but won’t identify those stakeholders. The obvious industry players say they haven't been invited to any discus...

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