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Calgary’s new Central Library design unveiled

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - Some would see having a light rail transit system running through a construction project as a design headache. Calgary-based DIALOG, with its design partner Snøhetta in New York, saw it as inspiration. DIALOG was named lead developer of Calgary's New Central Library in 2013 by...

Alberta engineers push for qualification-based procurement

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - Alberta is poised to make Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) the norm for consulting engineers in the province. It's a move that has caught the attention of other groups in nearby provinces that are eager to see similar legislation.   "This is more than just an Alberta issue, ...

Industry Voices - Opportunity abounds in East Asia

BY MARK MILKE - Back in 1950, the world was still recovering from the Second World War, a war on the Korean peninsula was about to begin, Chairman Mao conquered mainland China the year previous, Louis St. Laurent was prime minister of Canada and Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver has just ...

Study shows that investing in training pays off

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - It pays to train. For every dollar invested in essential skills training there is a threefold return, a new study shows. According to a report released by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, findings show that 45 per cent of employers provided essential skills training to their tr...

British Columbia architectural woodwork celebrated

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - British Columbia's architectural woodwork industry honoured its best and brightest. The B.C. chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers of Canada (AWMAC) were held on Sept. 18 in downtown Vancouver to celebrate innovative architectural woodwork projects and companies acr...

Kenney continues commitment to jobs

TORONTO—Continued commitment to job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity of the Canadian economy, was Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney’s message to the Canadian Club of Ottawa at a recent keynote address. "Our Government is taking action to fix the paradox of to...

Procurement Perspectives: The truth about consultants as oracles

As an owner of a consulting company, I should be the last person complaining about hiring consultants. However, I do read national newspapers that have general complaints relating to what may be described as apparent abuse of the consultancy process. A clear abuse of the use of consultancy is whe...

PLANT sets roots for Kew Gardens transformation

Just over a decade ago, Toronto’s PLANT Architect Inc. undertook its inaugural streetscape design project, at Spadina Quay. The firm hasn’t looked back since. "This project was all about how an existing landscape, in this case a restored wetland, addresses the urban realm," says PLANT partner Lisa...

PHOTO: The X Project

Construction is taking shape on the new Hotel X Toronto at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ont. Brookfield Multiplex is constructing the LEED designed, 29-storey hotel with 406 suites and completion is scheduled for late 2015 for owner Princes Gate Hotel, LP. The project will have a sports club and spa...

Investments in skills training is money well spent: CAF

Employers can reap the benefits of investing in essentials skills training for their skilled workers, according to a new Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) report. "We want them to be engaged in training, we want them to be engaged in hiring and training apprentices. Also, we know we want them to b...

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