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Infrastructure to Help Overcome Energy Dip: RICS Survey

Posted on February 29, 2016
The further drop in the price of oil is further depressing construction investment in Canada, especially in heavily energy-focused areas like Alberta. But this downward trend is being partly offset by greater investment in infrastructure, both at the federal level under the Trudeau government and in some provinces, according to the latest RICS Canadian Construction Market Survey (from the fourth quarter in 2015). Infrastructure activity rose firmly in that quarter according to respondents, with about two-thirds expecting this sector to see the most growth [...]

2015 LEED Numbers Show Steady Growth in Green Building

Posted on February 3, 2016
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw a steady increase in LEED certifications in 2015, a result of green building’s growing impact as one of the most effective solutions to climate change. A total of 527 LEED projects certified between January 1 and December 31, bringing the grand total of certified projects in Canada to 2,576—a total of 34,054,312 million square meters of certified space. Among the most notable stats for the year was the growth of certifications at LEED’s most rigorous levels, Gold and Platinum, which increased over 2014 [...]

One Third of Municipal Infrastructure at Risk: Report Card

Posted on February 1, 2016
One third of Canada's municipal infrastructure is at risk of rapid deterioration. The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card assessed the state of municipal roads and bridges, public transit, buildings, sport and recreation facilities, stormwater, wastewater and potable water infrastructure. The results indicate that much of Canada's municipal infrastructure is at a critical juncture. "What this survey shows is that we need to repair our existing infrastructure," said Kealy Dedman, president of the Canadian Public Works Association. "Our infrastructure [...]

Gordie Howe International Bridge Shortlists 3 Teams

Posted on January 20, 2016
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has announced the respondent teams that will move forward in the request for proposals (RFP) stage of the public-private partnership (P3) procurement process to select a partner for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. These teams are the following: Legacy Link Partners: SNC Lavalin Capital Inc. VINCI Concessions S.A.S John Laing Investments Ltd. HDR Corp. Leonhardt, Andra and Partners (if cable-stayed) Aas-Jakobsen (if suspension) Alfred Benesch & Company Golder American Bridge [...]

Precast Concrete Industry Issues Environmental Product Declarations

Posted on January 15, 2016
The North American Precast Concrete announced the release of environmental product declarations (EPDs) in three key precast concrete product categories. The EPDs will allow architects, engineers, building owners, and other specifiers to better understand the environmental impacts of precast and prestressed concrete products. The precast concrete industry wide EPDs are now available for the following products: architectural and insulated wall panels; structural precast concrete products; and underground precast concrete products. An EPD is a standardized [...]

Nipigon River Bridge Partially Reopens After Closure

Posted on January 13, 2016
The bridge that split Canada in two partially reopened Monday. The Nipigon River Bridge, part of the Trans-Canada Highway, now has one lane open. The bridge was closed Sunday after a period of intense cold weather caused the west side of the bridge to be pulled away from the abutment connecting it to the river bank's edge, raising part of it's surface about 60 centimetres. The Ontario Provincial Police tweeted the bridge was reopened Monday, but told drivers to expect delays and new weight restrictions. There is no estimate when the bridge will [...]

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 [...]

SNC-Lavalin Signs Agreement Under New Integrity Regime

Posted on December 12, 2015
SNC-Lavalin has signed an administrative agreement with Public Services and Procurement of the Government of Canada (PSP) under the Government of Canada’s new Integrity Regime. The administrative agreement allows companies—that have federal charges pending against them—to continue to contract with or supply the Government of Canada. “This is another example of our commitment to move forward. I thank PSP for recognizing SNC-Lavalin’s significant efforts and dedication to continuous improvement in ethics and compliance, which have allowed us to [...]

McElhanney Creates Strategic Transportation Planning Division

Posted on November 30, 2015
McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. has established its new Strategic Transportation Planning division, which further expands the company’s transportation planning services to provide clients with enhanced service offerings across Western Canada. “McElhanney is already well-known for its expertise in transportation feasibility studies, multiple account evaluations, business casing, and master planning services,” said Allan Russell, president and CEO of McElhanney. “Expanding our services to include transportation demand modelling, policy formulation [...]

Hatch Targets Smart Growth in Infrastructure Market

Posted on November 19, 2015
Hatch is strengthening its global infrastructure business, following the announcement that Hatch Mott MacDonald’s (HMM) Canadian operation will be fully integrated with the company. HMM’s Canadian operation will add nearly 1,000 new engineers and infrastructure professionals to Hatch’s Canadian and U.S. offices. Hatch CEO John Bianchini welcomed the opportunity for Hatch to unlock new opportunities in infrastructure development and renewal currently underway throughout North America, while leveraging Hatch’s unique global brand of differentiated [...]
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