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Tender documents issued for Whitney Block rehabilitation

Posted on December 6, 2016
On behalf of Infrastructure Ontario (IO), SNC-Lavalin O&M has invited prequalified contractors to bid on three major work packages for the Whitney Block rehabilitation. The Whitney Block, one of Ontario's oldest government office buildings, is undergoing rehabilitation work that includes installing energy efficient windows, updating the ventilation system and repairing the façade. The rehabilitation will be completed in phases and tenants will be relocated to temporary workspaces within the building while the work is being completed. The contracts [...]

Architectural firm selected for Macdonald Block complex relocation work

Posted on December 6, 2016
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has selected Gensler Architecture and Design Canada Inc., (Gensler) to provide architectural, design and programming services to facilitate the relocation of Ontario government employees from the Macdonald Block Complex. Gensler was selected following a competitive public procurement process. Prior to reconstruction, employees working in the complex will be relocated to three temporary office locations within downtown Toronto. In consultation and collaboration with stakeholders from each Ministry, Gensler will plan, program [...]

Carling site approved for new Ottawa hospital

Posted on December 5, 2016
The Government of Canada is prepared to cede the former Sir John Carling site for the construction of a new hospital in Ottawa. According to a CBC News report, officials from all three levels of government have joined together to call for the new Civic hospital to be built on the site, located at the northeast corner of the Central Experimental Farm. The National Capital Commission (NCC) board had voted to provide the western half of Tunney’s Pasture as the parcel of land to be used for the site, however a chorus of hospital officials and politicians [...]

LRT vehicle testing begins for Confederation Line

Posted on December 5, 2016
A major milestone in the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project was celebrated as the first light rail vehicle (LRV) assembled in Ottawa began testing on the track between Blair and Cyrville stations. Vehicle testing along the alignment from Blair Station to Tunney's Pasture will continue until the launch of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018. “Today's milestone is significant as the first light rail vehicle assembled in Ottawa undergoes testing, demonstrating that we are on track to delivering a first-class transit system to [...]

Construction of new military infrastructure begins in Edmonton

Posted on December 5, 2016
Amarjeet Sohi, minister of infrastructure and communities and member of parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, on behalf of minister of defence Harjit S. Sajjan, held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work of a new $39-million facility for Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) and Armoured Engineer Vehicles (AEV) at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton. 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton requires this new facility to shelter 43 TAPV and 14 of the 18 AEV that will be delivered to this location starting in 2017 [...]

$500 million for transit projects in Alberta

Posted on December 5, 2016
The governments of Canada and Alberta have announced new funding for 89 public transit projects across the province, for a total investment of more than $500 million. The funding includes $270.3 million for 52 new projects across Alberta through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding – just over $132.9 million – while the province is investing more than $79.4 million through Alberta’s Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP). Municipalities are contributing the balance of [...]

Substantial completion reached for Providence Care Hospital project

Posted on December 2, 2016
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Providence Care announced the new hospital project has reached substantial completion. Providence Care Hospital will open with full operations and services to clients and patients in April 2017. Located in Kingston, the new 622,000-square-foot Providence Care Hospital includes 270 private inpatient rooms, as well as modern therapy and clinic spaces for inpatients and outpatients. Providence Care Hospital is among the first hospitals in North America to fully integrate long-term mental health care with physical rehabilitation [...]

Report: Prioritize regional transit connections into Toronto Pearson

Posted on December 2, 2016
A report published by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) explains how Toronto Pearson International Airport is poised to become one of the world's next top tier international airports, providing air connectivity to as much as 80 per cent of the world's economies. The report, Growing Canada with a Mega Hub Airport, outlines the significant economic advantages realized by mega hub airports around the world. The report recommends six concrete steps the Government of Canada should take that would allow Toronto Pearson to realize its potential and deliver [...]

Executive Committee backs Tory's tolling plans

Posted on December 2, 2016
The executive committee of the City of Toronto has voted unanimously to support Mayor John Tory’s plan for road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. According to an article from the Toronto Star, the road tolls were one of a handful of initiatives supported by the committee in an effort to increase municipal revenues. A tax for hotel and short-term accommodations, as well as the cancellation of a rebate for vacant businesses, were also approved by the committee. City Council will vote on whether or not to support the executive [...]

OHMPA releases statement regarding Auditor General’s report

Posted on December 1, 2016
The Ontario Hot Mix Producers’ Association has released a statement following a report from the province’s Auditor General raised significant concerns about the sub-standard quality of asphalt used in the construction of Ontario highways. Here is the statement that was released: Since 1974, the Ontario Hot Mix Producers’ Association (OHMPA) has been recognized as the authoritative voice of the asphalt producing industry in the province of Ontario. OHMPA promotes excellence in asphalt quality and paving. OHMPA is surprised and extremely displeased [...]
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