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CAC and RESCON resume wood frame debate

The residential construction industry is refuting claims by the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) that a proposal to modify the building code and allow taller wood frame structures will create a public safety hazard. "I don't think there is any doubt in anyone's mind, other than the cement industr...

PHOTO: Data Centre Construction

Work has reached the top floor for the 45 Parliament St. Data Centre in Toronto, Ont. Design-builder developer of the five-storey project is Urbacon Buildings Group Corp. The tenant offices will be located on the ground floor and it will also have conference rooms and one level of underground parkin...

York Region’s Ninth Line transformation rolls out

To meet future traffic demands, a key north-south corridor in the eastern portion of York Region is receiving a $41.5-million, eight-kilometre-long transformation. The reconstruction of the Ninth Line extends from Rupert Avenue in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville south to Major MacKenzie Drive in ...

B.C. and New Brunswick agree to increase apprentice mobility

Apprentices in British Columbia and New Brunswick will soon be able to seamlessly work in either province, thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). "B.C. is entering a time of incredible opportunity, not only for British Columbians but for all Canadians," said B.C. Premier Christy Clark. "In ...

Consulting engineers adopt new integrity and transparency policies

BY PATRICIA WILLIAMS - Acting in response to a task force recommendation, members of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) have adopted a statement of principles and policies pertaining to business integrity and transparency. "(The underlining philosophy is) it isn't enou...

PHOTO: Arts and Culture at new MacEwan building

The Grant MacEwan University - Centre for Arts and Culture in downtown Edmonton is a $124 million project designed by both Bing Thom Architect Inc and Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd. The consulting engineering is by AECOM (civil), Fast + Epp (structural), Hemisphere Engineering Inc. (mechanical), and S...

Geothermal retrofit in Vancouver is the first of its kind anywhere

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - Workers are drilling hundreds of feet into the earth in downtown Vancouver for one of the world's most unique geothermal projects. "Basically we are building a rechargeable battery under the building, " said Adrian Ryan, senior vice president of engineering for Fēnix Energy. The...

INDUSTRY VOICES: Taking a behaviour based safety approach

What do the following have in common: Sun tanning; smoking; texting while driving; and not wearing appropriate safety gear on a construction site? If you said they are all examples of high-risk behaviors, you would be correct. Now what about the following: Pamphlets about the dangers of sun exposur...

Burnaby pipeline surveying begins

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - Kinder Morgan has moved ahead with surveying Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, B.C. For about a month, the energy company will conduct tests to determine the viability of constructing a two kilometre pipeline through the area and possibly through the mountain for its Trans Mountain pi...

PHOTO: Manitoba Highway Work

Borland Construction crews work on resurfacing a six kilometre stretch of Provincial Trunk Highway 12, south of the TransCanada Highway near St. Anne, Man. The work consists of bridge renewal, culvert replacement, shoulder surface improvements, breaking up the existing concrete surface and re-paving...

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