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Excess soils could fill the Rogers Centre 16 times: report

Posted on April 28, 2017
Ontario’s robust construction activity generated enough excess soil in one year to fill 16 Rogers Centres in Toronto, according to a report released today by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO). In the “2017 Update: Quantification of Excess Construction Soils in Ontario,” report author Frank Zechner estimates that 25.8 million cubic metres of excess construction soil was produced in 2015 from municipal infrastructure, residential and ICI (industrial, commercial and institutional) projects. Particularly in the hot GTA [...]

QUEST names five new senior associates

Posted on April 28, 2017
Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) has announced the appointment of five new senior associates. These senior associates are part of QUEST’s network of leaders from across Canada committed to advancing Smart Energy Communities. The five new appointees are: Bruce Cameron, principal consultant and founder of Envigour Policy Consulting - Bruce is based in Halifax and is a leading expert in energy policy development. Richard Laszlo, senior associate serving as senior lead, Utilities/CHP and Services - Richard is based in Toronto and is [...]

Canada awards $330 million for four Trent-Severn contracts

Posted on April 26, 2017
The Government of Canada announced four contract awards totalling $330 million for the Trent-Severn Waterway Federal Infrastructure Investment Program in Central Ontario. The contracts include the restoration and repair of dams, locks, canal walls, and other water retaining structures along the waterway. Design work has already begun and preparations are underway to ensure that field work can begin this year. Major construction will begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2020. Each of the four contracts contains multiple projects bundled together [...]

How Colorado made tolling work

Posted on April 25, 2017
Aurora, Colorado mayor Steve Hogan is no stranger to the issue of road tolls. Hogan, who will be speaking at the upcoming Transport Futures Road Pricing Leadership Summit in Toronto on May 12, has spent part of the last three decades working both on and with major tolling projects in the Denver area. Before becoming the mayor of the Denver suburb that is home to more than 350,000, Hogan was executive director of both the E-470 Public Highway Authority and the Northwest Parkway Authority. Both roadways are part of the Denver-area ‘beltway’, a system [...]

Building construction underway at CFB Bagotville

Posted on April 25, 2017
The Government of Canada marked the beginning of the $46.9-million construction of two new buildings at 3 Wing Bagotville in Quebec. These buildings will be used by the Transportation and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (TEME) sections of the Wing. The TEME team is responsible for supporting base operations, especially the maintenance of heavy snow removal vehicles and maintenance of runways. These multi-functional and modern buildings will provide more work space to the sections, making their activities more rapid and efficient. The new buildings [...]

NB Power exploring second station at Grand Falls

Posted on April 24, 2017
NB Power has begun environmental and geotechnical studies and site testing to explore the potential for generating more clean energy with a new 100-megawatt generating station in Grand Falls beside the existing station. “We are pleased that NB Power is exploring all potential clean energy options,” said premier Brian Gallant. “A new generating station in Grand Falls would be positive for the New Brunswick economy. We will work with the people of the region as the project moves through the appropriate phases.” The field studies, along with engagement [...]

SNC-Lavalin acquires WS Atkins

Posted on April 24, 2017
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire WS Atkins for $3.6 billion. The overall acquisition price is $4.2 billion including the pension deficit. Headquartered in the UK, Atkins is a respected consultancy in design, engineering, and project management, with a leadership position across the infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors. Tracing its roots back to 1938, Atkins today has 18,000 employees with revenues of approximately £2.0 billion in 2016, and is geographically diversified in the U.S., Middle East [...]

Voith Hydro to begin installation at Riel Converter Station

Posted on April 24, 2017
Voith Hydro Canada and Stuart Olson Industrial Constructors Inc. are ready to begin the mechanical portion of the installation process at the Riel Converter Station, which is under construction in southern Manitoba. Essential equipment assemblies are currently making their way to the site so that the four Synchronous Condenser units can be installed at the station. The station is part of Manitoba Hydro’s Bipole III Transmission Line Project. The first major piece of equipment, one of the stators, or the stationary portion of the Synchronous Condenser [...]

York Region announces $4.7B in capital spending over 10 years

Posted on April 21, 2017
The Regional Municipality of York has announced that it will invest a total of $4.7 billion in capital projects over the next decade. York Regional Council received updates on roads, transit, water and wastewater infrastructure investments needed to provide accessible travel options, safe and reliable water and wastewater services, and support growing communities. “York Region continues to plan and invest in the future of our communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Building and maintaining our road network, ensuring ease [...]

Construction begins on Martensville and Warman overpasses

Posted on April 21, 2017
Construction is now underway on a $60.6 million project to build overpasses on Highway 11 near Warman and Highway 12 at Martensville, Saskatchewan. “Strategic infrastructure investments help address congestion and bottlenecks along vital transportation corridors, and around hubs and ports,” said Ralph Goodale, federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.  “Investing in projects such as these interchanges in Martensville and Warman will help shorten travel times [...]
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