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VIDEO: New stations for REM project

Posted on November 29, 2016
Written by Andrew Macklin
CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has announced the addition of three new stations to the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project. At an overall cost of $400 million, the Bassin Peel, McGill and Édouard-Montpetit stations will improve downtown Montréal service and further integrate the REM into the métro system through connections to the Orange, Green and Blue lines. CDPQ Infra released a video to show how these three new stations will be integrated into the existing REM plan, and how they will improve the [...]

VIDEO: Milton District Hospital - Expansion Update

Posted on September 30, 2016
Written by Andrew Macklin
Halton Healthcare Services has released a video showing the progress of the new Milton District Hospital. The $512 million expansion project, #85 on the 2016 Top100 Projects list, is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017. [...]

VIDEO: Breaking Ground in HIV/AIDS Health Care

Posted on March 30, 2016
A new video released by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) features the Casey House Facility Replacement Project, which is being delivered using IO’s alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model. Located in downtown Toronto, Casey House is a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital with community programs including home nursing care and outreach. The project involves the renovation of an existing heritage property and the incorporation of a new 58,000-square-foot facility that will expand their capacity to serve those living with HIV/AIDS in the community. This video [...]

Surveying the Social Costs of Delays

Posted on March 22, 2016
Written by Art Maw
As a quantity surveyor who has been working in Ottawa for 19 years, I can say I was more than pleased when Justin Trudeau promised to raise the federal budget for infrastructure to $125 billion over the next 10 years. This is a major commitment, and we haven’t seen this kind of money spent on infrastructure since the 1960s. But to be honest, this scale of investment has been needed for 15 years. Quantity surveyors are the cost consultants for the construction industry, so for infrastructure projects, one of our roles is to determine how the government [...]

14 Reasons for Living Green Infrastructure

Posted on February 1, 2016
Written by Steven Peck and Michelle Sawka
After years of neglect, infrastructure is again being discussed as a major priority for public investment in many jurisdictions. Ontario’s new Climate Change Strategy calls for the building of green infrastructure to help us mitigate and adapt to climate change. In the past, public investments have largely been directed to only grey infrastructure (roads, bridges, water treatment plants, et cetera), the same type we have been building for decades. It is time for change. Here are 14 really good reasons why living green infrastructure like trees, green [...]

VIDEO: Software Q&A

Posted on January 27, 2016
Written by Joe Hedrick
Joe Hedrick, a manager for IMAGINiT's Infrastructure Solutions team, discusses infrastructure software at Autodesk University. What is the value of proper civil/infrastructure software implementation? What are the most common software implementation errors and how can they be addressed? How can civil engineering and infrastructure firms ensure they are getting the most out of their technology? [...]

Fed’s Promises Need a Plan to Succeed

Posted on January 11, 2016
Written by Barry Steinberg
As a new chapter in Canadian federal politics begins, all eyes are focusing on how Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government will work to define its agenda. Chief among these commitments is a significant increase in the scale of federal infrastructure investment, with Ottawa pledging to nearly double its contribution from $65 billion to $125 billion over the next decade. A pillar of this strategy is $20 billion to be spent on building new and reconstructing our lagging public transit infrastructure across the country. These commitments demonstrate an understanding [...]

Toronto Promotes World Fair Bid at RCCAO Holiday Lunch

Posted on December 18, 2015
Written by Todd Latham
Toronto city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam advocated for support of city’s Expo 2025 world fair bid to construction leaders attending the annual winter holiday lunch of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) in North York. Among her selling points for the city of Toronto to host the famous international fair, she said that Expo could be a dynamic jobs and economic catalyst, including adding 23,500 jobs per year over eight years of preparation, $8 billion in new value added to GDP in the GTA, and $5 billion in new tax revenues. If [...]

What Your Buildings Say About You

Posted on December 10, 2015
Written by Andrea Goertz
A brand is one of a company’s most valuable assets; potentially worth billions of dollars. The value of a brand is defined by much more than a tagline or advertising; it is the sum total of how the public perceives and experiences the company at every touchpoint. A brand represents the promises an organization makes to its customers, reflects the values a company and its employees stand for and speaks to how it does business. While not always top of mind in traditional brand assessments, a company’s real estate holdings can be one of the most meaningful [...]

Plan for Change

Posted on December 10, 2015
Written by Blair Feltmate
Over the past six years, I have presented scores of keynotes on adaptation to climate change to planners (and those who provide direction to planners), such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Over this period, I have seen substantial positive change by the planning community regarding the need to factor adaptation to climate change into planning frameworks. Indeed, five or six years ago, the question of whether climate change was real or not would often be asked; in contrast, recently, this question was presented to me in front of several hundred [...]
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