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Manitoba Hydro Headquarters to Showcase Energy Efficiency

Posted on September 13, 2005
Thomas Akerstream uses organic words that are seldom applied to glass, concrete and steel when he talks about the design of Manitoba Hydro's new $188-million headquarters in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. When, for example, did you last hear someone refer to a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system as a building's "lungs"? His choice of words is somewhat appropriate when you consider how natural forces and living organisms will play a significant role in the energy efficiency of the 22-storey, 690-square foot building, scheduled to be completed [...]

Public-Private Partnerships Deliver

Posted on September 13, 2005
An editorial written for the October issue by Michael Wilson, declares that many Canadians are convinced that governments cannot keep pace with the demand for new or improved public infrastructure. he states that as we move forward on the vital question of how to close the multi-billion dollar infrastructure gap, we should also remember that construction is a short-term issue. The long term challenge is maintenance. Saeed Mirza, a civil engineering professor at McGill University, has carried out extensive research into how "deferred" maintenance adds to [...]

Noisette Leads Charge in North Charleston Renewal

Posted on September 13, 2005
Noisette Company president John L. Knott Jr. suggests his company is doing nothing less that creating the "New American City" within 3,000 acres of North Charleston, S.C. — an urban area that was devastated by the 1996 closure of the Charleston Naval Complex. In addition to environmental restoration, the expansion of parks and recreation, and improving infrastructure, plans involve introducing about 4,000 new housing units, 5,000 rehabilitated housing units, and 5-million square feet of retail, industrial and commercial space. In the next 18 months alone [...]

The Caisse Increases Investments in Infrastructure

Posted on September 13, 2005
Infrastructure is often referenced as a "long-term investment" in Canada's future, but when one of the nation's leading institutional investors is looking at infrastructure, it's thinking about investments of a different sort. "We are trying to increase the allocation of infrastructure in the global private equity portfolio," says Ghislain Gauthier, the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec's senior vice-president of investment, equity and infrastructure. By the end of 2004, the Caisse had about $102 billion in net assets, and infrastructure projects [...]
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