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South Permieter Highway contract awarded

Posted on November 13, 2017
An engineering consultant has been hired to provide a functional design study for the reconstruction of the South Perimeter Highway (PTH 100) in Manitoba, including the proposed future St. Norbert bypass. “The design study will consider options for safe, efficient and cost-effective access points along the South Perimeter Highway as well as options for a future bypass around St. Norbert,” said Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler. The South Perimeter Highway will be redesigned to create a modern freeway similar to American interstate standards where [...]

Ontario approves expansion of Peel Memorial Centre

Posted on November 10, 2017
Ontario has approved the next phase of redevelopment at the Peel Memorial Centre, which will add more inpatient services, including complex continuing care and rehabilitation for patients and their families. The province is also making 37 additional beds available at the Brampton Civic Hospital this year, including six more beds announced last month. This investment is part of over 2,000 additional beds and spaces being made available across the province this year. “We are proud to support William Osler Health System in moving forward with the second [...]

Understanding AVs' impacts on infrastructure

Posted on November 10, 2017
If you thought Uber was a disruptor, wait until automated vehicles (AV) backed by smartphone apps for "mobility on demand" begin to eat into taxi and public bus services in the early 2020s, then begin to disrupt car ownership in the late 2020s. How this could impact municipal infrastructure is at the heart of the discussion in the report, Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation: How Skilled Governance Can Influence its Outcome, written by AV expert Bern Grush and released by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO). Improvements [...]

N.B. announces 2018-19 infrastructure investment

Posted on November 9, 2017
The Government of New Brunswick will invest $815.3 million in public infrastructure in 2018-19 including a record $12.6 million in tourism infrastructure. New investments total $28.1 million while $787.2 million is earmarked for maintenance and the continuation of previously announced projects. The government will invest in a multi-year approach to upgrading tourism infrastructure. It will invest $12.6 million on parks, trails, historic sites, and other tourism infrastructure. This represents a 19.1 per cent increase over the level of investment last [...]

Craigen promoted by PCL

Posted on November 9, 2017
The PCL family of companies has announced the appointment of Todd Craigen to senior vice president and district manager of PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto). Reporting to the president of Eastern Canada, Jim Dougan, Todd has overall responsibility for PCL’s operations in the Greater Toronto Area and southwestern Ontario, and succeeds Mike Wieninger, who has transitioned to PCL’s North American headquarters as chief operating officer of Canadian Operations, as announced on November 1, 2017. Vice president and district manager Bruce Sonnenberg and [...]

Riding the high-speed rail

Posted on November 7, 2017
Plans for a Toronto-to-Windsor high speed rail line, with the Request for Proposals (RFP) for planning and environmental assessment work slated for release in December, according to a discussion held at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) 25th annual conference. David Collenette, who was hired by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in October of 2015 as special advisor for high-speed rail, led the discussion on the proposed $21-billion project. Collenette wrote the report showing that there is a business case for the project [...]

The new pipeline

Posted on November 6, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario has released its 2017 project pipeline update, with 32 projects representing an estimated value of $15.8 billion. “Our pipeline this year represents the largest set of projects in our history by dollar value,” said Ehren Cory, CEO of Infrastructure Ontario. The 32 projects represents an almost even split, with 17 civil and 15 social projects represented. That’s a shift from previous investments listed in the pipeline, as an influx of new health care projects were added for 2017. “If you think of IO in eras, era one [...]

Building First Nations infrastructure

Posted on November 6, 2017
With an infrastructure deficit pegged at $30-$40 billion, First Nations communities across Canada are in desperate need of new ways to narrow the gap, including an uptick in the use of P3 projects. In the opening keynote address of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships 25th annual conference, Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott discussed the work done by the Liberal government to build and rehabilitate infrastructure in First Nations communities. However, she stressed the need for greater involvement from the P3 industry, and how [...]

Construction begins early on new Calgary Cancer Centre

Posted on November 3, 2017
Construction is two months ahead of schedule on the $1.4-billion Calgary Cancer Centre, which will add 1,500 jobs to the Calgary economy over the next six years. “Our government continues to make good on its promise to make life better for Albertans by investing in much-needed infrastructure projects like the new Calgary Cancer Centre. I’m proud to see this project begin construction, which will add jobs, boost the local economy and give hope to patients and families in Calgary and southern Alberta,” said Rachel Notley, premier of Alberta. When [...]

PCL Constructors announces leadership changes

Posted on November 3, 2017
Dave Filipchuk, president and CEO of the PCL family of companies, has announced leadership appointments within the office of the CEO. Mike Wieninger has been promoted to chief operating officer, Canadian Operations, responsible for PCL’s Buildings and Civil operations across all provinces. He is a member of the office of the CEO and brings over 20 years of experience with the company to his new position. He was most recently PCL’s executive vice president, Canadian Buildings, and before that was Toronto’s senior vice president and district manager [...]
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