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Contract awarded for Halifax hospital redevelopment plan

Posted on November 29, 2016
A Toronto-based architecture and design firms will begin the detailed planning process needed to determine what the QEII Health Sciences Centre redevelopment project will look like, and where services will be located. The Nova Scotia government awarded the contract for the QEII master planning and programming to Kasian Architecture. The project includes planning the expansion and renovations of the Halifax Infirmary site, as well as specialized and community outpatient centres. "We have to consider medical trends for the next 20 to 30 years, and the [...]

Newfoundland and Labrador releases new procurement act

Posted on November 23, 2016
In keeping with commitments set out in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, a new act respecting public bodies has received second reading in the House of Assembly. The Act, Respecting Procurement by Public Bodies, will help modernize procurement by provincial public bodies by replacing the decades old Public Tender Act with legislation that responds to feedback from public consultations, as well as a 2008 report by Read and Associates that recommended changes. “A recent Atlantic Provinces Economic Council [...]

Province wants increased clearing at Muskrat Falls

Posted on October 21, 2016
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has required Nalcor to remove more forest cover at the Muskrat Falls reservoir as an additional mitigation to further address concerns surrounding methylmercury. "We have heard the call for further mitigation measures to address concerns around methylmercury and this is why removing additional forest cover is being required,” said Perry Trimper, minister of environment and climate change. “Along with additional clearing, we will continue to work with the Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut government, and the NunatuKavut [...]

Federal funding to help redevelop Memorial's Battery Facility

Posted on October 13, 2016
More than $25 million of federal government and Memorial University funding will be invested at Memorial's Battery Facility in a redevelopment project as part of the recently-signed Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. "Memorial University has identified the Battery Facility Redevelopment as a top priority,” said Dwight Ball, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. “By collaborating with the Government of Canada, a modern, innovative facility will be developed at the Battery – one that will help make our economy more competitive." The [...]

Top100 Released: Eglinton Crosstown LRT Now Largest Project in Canada

Posted on January 11, 2016
TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2016 – Canadian mega-project spending continues to rise. The value of the country’s 100 biggest public infrastructure projects has grown to $161.3 billion, a modest increase over 2015’s $157.9 billion, according to ReNew Canada, which today released its 10th annual Top100 Projects report. The web version can be accessed at http://top100projects.ca. Toronto’s $9.1-billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT is this year’s new No. 1 public infrastructure project, overtaking the $8.775-billion Site C hydroelectric energy development [...]

Saint John Selects Preferred Proponent for Water P3

Posted on November 6, 2015
Port City Water Partners has been declared preferred proponent for the City of Saint John’s Safe Clean Drinking Water Project. Under the project agreement, Port City Water Partners will design, build, finance, operate, and maintain (DBFOM) a new water treatment plant on the city’s East side under a 33 year agreement. They will also design, build, and finance 26 kilometres of pipeline to renew the city’s water transmission and distribution system. Port City Water Partners is composed of Brookfield Financial Corp., Acciona Agua, North America Construction [...]

Pomerleau Acquires Majority of Aecon's Atlantic Buildings Division

Posted on August 19, 2015
Pomerleau Inc. has concluded an agreement to acquire the majority of the construction activities of Aecon Group Inc.'s Atlantic Buildings Division for an undisclosed amount. As a result, Pomerleau is increasing its Atlantic Region project management staff by more than 60 per cent. "We are extremely pleased with the transaction and enthusiastic about having skilled and talented multidisciplinary professionals join our Atlantic team," president and CEO Pierre Pomerleau said. "This acquisition further strengthens our position as a leader in Atlantic Canada [...]

Study Assesses 15 Canadian Cities’ Flood Preparedness

Posted on May 25, 2015
A new study assesses the level of preparedness of 15 major Canadian cities to limit flood damage. Commissioned by The Co-operators and written by Dr. Blair Feltmate from the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, the report aims to motivate cities to increase efforts to build resilience against flooding, and to provide a benchmark against which their progress can be measured. Researchers examined the cities’ preparedness for flooding caused by extreme rainfall, relative to 16 areas of flood vulnerability. It identified four key areas [...]

Energy Tops Top 100 as Mega-Project Spending Soars

Posted on January 8, 2015
Canadian mega-project spending is on the rise. The value of the country’s 100 biggest public infrastructure projects has grown to $157.9 billion, a 12-per-cent increase over 2014’s $140.5 billion, according to ReNew Canada, which today released its ninth annual Top 100 Projects report. View the complete report breakdown at http://top100projects.ca/2015filters/. The list is dominated by $62.3 billion in energy projects, with hydroelectric generation—including the controversial and costly Site C dam—claiming the first four of the top 10 spots: Site [...]

NB Power to Construct New Line, Substation for Maine

Posted on November 5, 2014
Northern Maine’s Houlton Water Company (HWC) is turning to New Brunswick Power for a reliable and secure transmission path for energy through a new international interconnect joining Woodstock, New Brunswick and Houlton, Maine. HWC, a consumer-owned electric, water, and wastewater utility based in Houlton, has signed an agreement with NB Power to build a 25-kilometre, 138-kilovolt transmission line and substation. Construction will begin once regulatory approvals have been received. The project will be 100-per-cent funded by Houlton Water Company and [...]
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