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Ontario to Consider Six-Storey Mid-Rise Wood Construction

Posted on March 21, 2014
The Government of Ontario announced that it will move ahead with proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code to allow the use of wood-frame construction in buildings of up to six-storeys. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is considering the following changes: limits on building height to top floor (18 metres from first floor and 20 metres from fire access route); limits on building area to 25 per cent of that of residential non-combustible buildings and 42 per cent of office non-combustible buildings; improved fire service access; non-combustible [...]

Hurontario-Main LRT Project Moves Forward in Ontario

Posted on March 7, 2014
The municipalities of Brampton and Mississauga have completed the pre-consultation phase of the Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, including preliminary design and environmental assessment work. The LRT line will extend from Port Credit into Brampton and is a priority project for the next part of Metrolinx’ regional transportation plan, The Big Move. Metrolinx is joining as a co-proponent for the next phase of the project. "Our residents and businesses will greatly benefit from having light rail transit on this corridor. This project is [...]

Waterloo LRT Consortium Proposes $532M Plan

Posted on March 6, 2014
A consortium including Plenary Group Canada, Meridiam Infrastructure Waterloo, Aecon, Aecom, Kiewit, Mass Electric Construction Canada, Keolis, STV Canada Construction, and CIBC World Markets says it can build Stage 1 of Waterloo’s regional light rail transit system for $13 million less than budgeted for, according to the CBC. Stage 1 will include 19 kilometres of light rail between Waterloo’s Conestoga Mall and Kitchener’s Fairview Park Mall. The consortium – Grandlinq – has estimated a cost of $532.1 million for this section of the project [...]

Preferred Proponent Selected for McMaster Children’s Health Centre

Posted on March 4, 2014
Infrastructure Ontario and Hamilton Health Sciences have selected PCL Partnerships as the preferred proponent selected to design, build, and finance the new McMaster Children’s Health Centre. The team includes: PCL (constructor) TD Securities (financial advisor) Stantec Architecture Ltd. (architect) The new children’s centre will be constructed on Wellington Street across from Hamilton Health Sciences’ Regional Rehabilitation Centre. It will be fully accessible and will include an outdoor wheeling track, a therapeutic playground, and physiotherapy [...]

BREAKING: Massive Ottawa Sinkhole on LRT Construction Site

Posted on February 21, 2014
Details are still emerging, but Confederation Line light-rail transit (LRT) tunneling has halted as officials determine the cause of a massive Ottawa sinkhole. Watch video from CTV News of the incident. We will update on the latest throughout the day. [...]

Torontonians Prefer LRT to Subway Extension: Survey

Posted on February 12, 2014
According to a survey conducted by Leger between January 31 and February 1, 2014, a majority of Toronto voters, including those living in Scarborough, prefer a seven-stop light-rail transit (LRT) line to a three-stop subway extension. Questions on preferred modes of mass transit in Scarborough were included as part of a regular sampling of opinions on key policy issues. The survey found that 61 per cent of Torontonians support a Scarborough LRT line, while 39 per cent support the subway. Similarly, 56 per cent of Scarborough residents prefer the LRT option [...]

Results in for Gardiner Expressway Environmental Assessment

Posted on February 12, 2014
Results are in for the third phase of the Gardiner Expressway East Environmental Assessment. Formally known as the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment and Urban Design Study, the aim of this project—being undertaken jointly by Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto—is to consider the scope of options available for the future of a 2.4-kilometre stretch of the Gardiner Expressway East and Lake Shore Boulevard East, spanning from Lower Jarvis Street to Logan Avenue, just east of the Don Valley Parkway [...]

Confederation Line Tunnel Construction Hits Milestone

Posted on February 12, 2014
One year after the final contract was signed, the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit project in Ottawa is on time and on budget, with tunnel excavation 10 per cent complete. The tunnel is part of a 12.5-kilometer light rail system that will replace the city’s current fleet of diesel powered busses and will provide rapid transit between Blair Station in the East and Tunney’s Pasture in the West. Included in the project are 13 stations and a 2.5 kilometer tunnel to alleviate downtown traffic congestion. This light rail system is the first stage of [...]

Armtec Producing Noise Barriers for Herb Gray Parkway

Posted on January 30, 2014
Armtec Infrastructure Inc. has begun production on a contract with Parkway Infrastructure Constructors Group to design, engineer, supply, and install over six kilometres of sound absorptive noise barriers for the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway in southern Ontario (a project at No. 30 on 2014's Top 100 list). The $1.4-billion highway development, under construction in the municipalities of Windsor, LaSalle, and Tecumseh, Ontario represents a once-in-a-generation undertaking that will improve traffic flow at Canada's premier trade gateway. Armtec's contribution [...]

Companies Shortlisted for Milton Hospital Redevelopment

Posted on January 30, 2014
Infrastructure Ontario and Halton Healthcare Services have announced the three teams shortlisted to design, build, finance, and maintain the Milton District Hospital expansion project. Based on a request for qualifications process that began in August 2013, three teams were shortlisted and will be invited to respond to a request for proposals, expected to be issued in spring 2014. Each of the teams includes a developer, design/builder, finance group, and a facility maintenance provider: Hospital Infrastructure Partners Developer: Carillion Canada Inc [...]
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