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Twenty major upcoming Private and Government office building construction projects - Canada - November 2014

The accompanying table shows 20 of the largest upcoming Private and Government office building construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations. Shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, medical build...

Canadian BIM promotion targets collaboration

buildingSMART Canada is providing support and sharing best practices with Canadian companies to help them collaborate with their international counterparts in the development of open Building Information Modeling (BIM) data standards. "The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) and subsequently the build...

PHOTO: Sealing It Up

A worker applies a waterproof membrane to Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Innovation Exchange building in Waterloo, Ont. Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd. is general contractor for the four-storey facility that will include a 1,000-seat auditorium, computer and math labs, meeting rooms, faculty an...

Construction Corner: Computer-powered construction evolves

Computers seem to be everywhere nowadays, whether they are desktop or laptop machines, tablets or smartphones. And yes, smartphones are essentially nothing more than pocket-sized computers. They just happen to include a phone. The explosion in the numbers of computers in use is driving the developme...

More females at U of W program

WATERLOO, ONT. — The University of Waterloo reports that young women make up 27 per cent of the first-year class studying engineering related disciplines, which is the largest number ever. A decade ago, only about 15 per cent of first year students studying in the field were women. Associate Dean Ou...

Ex SNC-Lavalin exec granted bail

MONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin senior executive was granted bail Wednesday (Nov. 19) on fraud-related charges in connection with a $1.3-billion superhospital project. Bail was set at $250,000 for Riadh Ben Aissa, the engineering company's ex-head of construction. He will also have to wear an el...

Contractor of burnt down senior's home admits to not follow building code

RIVIERE-DU-LOUP, QUE. — The contractor who built the seniors' residence that burned last January, killing 32 people, says it did not comply with building-code standards in place at the time of the blaze. Denis Michaud testified Nov. 19 at the coroner's inquest looking into the fire in L'Isle-Vert...

Full-cost recovery for water systems

A Water Strategy Expert Panel in 2005 and the Drummond Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services in 2012 both recommended full-cost recovery for water systems in Ontario. The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) recently decided to take a look at how the municipalities are perform...

Procurement Perspectives: Take caution in the not-for-profit minefield

In my travels across Canada and the U.S., I have noticed that at the federal, provincial and municipal level, many government contracts are reserved for non-profit corporations and charitable entities (e.g., in the public housing market), in the belief that by dealing with the not-for-profit sector,...

Pipeline protesters defy court order to make way for surveyors

Protestors preventing Kinder Morgan workers from conducting survey activities on Burnaby Mountain defied a court order to tear down their camp by Nov. 17. Rather than leave, the protestors staged a rally, beating drums, chanting slogans and making speeches opposing the proposed pipeline route throug...

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