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National Music Centre in Calgary carefully performed

For Hamilton, Ontario-based Walters Inc., fabricating, delivering, and then erecting about 1,200 tonnes of steel in a seven-month period at Calgary’s new $168-million National Music Centre was as challenging as the facility is innovative and awe-inspiring. Under construction since 2013 and schedul...

Finding a better way to prevent bridge corrosion

With budgets tight and demands for infrastructure spending growing, getting the best bang out of every buck remains paramount. Determining how to extend the lifecycle of bridges, for example, is both beneficial to the public purse and the environment since snarled traffic and resulting disruption ...

Steel bridge detour saves time in Shubenacadie

Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia is best known for its weather-predicting groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam. It’s also notable for the turbulent Shubenacadie River which runs through it. "If you're building a bridge across the Shubenacadie, you want to avoid interaction with the river in the summer and the hea...

Pedestrian walking system on the right PATH

Toronto’s PATH system continues to grow almost organically, allowing pedestrians to walk in comfort through underground malls and across busy roads through any type of weather. Last summer, three new sections of PATH were added to the system: a 22-metre section from the Air Canada Centre (ACC) to th...

Vimy Bridge provides crucial transportation link

Named in honour of a famous Canadian victory in the First World War, a new steel bridge in Ottawa provides a vital transportation link to its southern suburbs, while respecting a national and global heritage feature. Designed by du Toit Allsopp Hillier and structural consultant Parsons Corporation...

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Going up, side to side and down

A modern take on an old technology offers a possible solution to one of the knottier problems facing designers of super-tall buildings—moving people up and down quickly and safely. Elevator shafts occupy a disproportionate amount of the footprint in buildings 150 metres tall, or higher. Even so, w...

Earthquake-resistant steel supports art museum

When the privately-funded Audain Art museum in Whistler, British Columbia is open in October of this year, it won’t be just the artists and their patrons receiving accolades. Also taking bows will be the designers and builders of the arc shaped steel structure which touches the ground in just six ...

Welcome to the shipping container inn, enjoy your stay

When Jack Steenhof calls the recently built Days Inn hotel at Sioux Lookout, Ont. “the largest steel shipping container-based hotel in North America” he’s hedging his bets—it may be the only shipping container-based hotel in North America. "Steel shipping containers have been used to provide accom...

BLOG: Realize the Full Potential of Off-Site Construction seminar by Mark Taylor with PCL

Mark Taylor, vice president of permanent modular construction for PCL presented: Realize the Full Potential of Off-Site Construction - What Designers and Contractors Need to Know at the International Wood Symposium. "The construction industry is a dinosaur in my opinion," said Taylor as he started h...

Provincial rebound forecast for 2015

Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta and Manitoba will lead all Canadian provinces in economic growth in 2015, while Ontario will bounce back after years of trailing behind the rest of the country. "We are finally seeing signs that lagging provincial economies are performing better and this momentum i...

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