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Boulevard to Replace Sections of Montreal Expressway

Posted on August 27, 2015
A nine-lane urban boulevard will be replacing sections of the elevated Place Bonaventure expressway in Montreal, as announced on August 20. The redevelopment will cost $141 million, and with the boulevard being likened to Paris’ Champs-Élysées, it is being promoted as part of a new gateway to the city. The expressway, constructed in 1966 as part of the Expo ’67 preparations, is a prominent part of the urban landscape of the city, leading from Champlain Bridge and Autoroute 10 into Montreal’s east side. Both the city of Montreal and the federal [...]

Quebec Launches 12-Storey Wood Building Guide

Posted on August 17, 2015
The Quebec government has announced their French-only technical guide publication, Construction of Mass Timber Buildings Up to 12 Storeys (French title: Bâtiments de construction massive en bois d'au plus 12 étages). This guide outlines the technical principles required to design and construct buildings up to 12 storeys using mass timber. Both Canadian and international research has revealed it is possible to build safe and secure buildings taller than six storeys in height. At these heights, mass timber construction materials like cross-laminated timber [...]

B&T Wins Two ACEC-BC Engineering Awards

Posted on May 27, 2015
Buckland & Taylor has won two awards at the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) 26th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala in Vancouver. The Champlain Bridge, located in Montreal, was recognized for the design and construction engineering of the Superbeam and Modular Truss with the top Award of Excellence in the Transportation & Bridges category, in which there were 11 total nominations. Additionally, Buckland & Taylor also received the ultimate award of the evening: the Lieutenant Governor's Award [...]

Study Assesses 15 Canadian Cities’ Flood Preparedness

Posted on May 25, 2015
A new study assesses the level of preparedness of 15 major Canadian cities to limit flood damage. Commissioned by The Co-operators and written by Dr. Blair Feltmate from the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, the report aims to motivate cities to increase efforts to build resilience against flooding, and to provide a benchmark against which their progress can be measured. Researchers examined the cities’ preparedness for flooding caused by extreme rainfall, relative to 16 areas of flood vulnerability. It identified four key areas [...]

SNC-Lavalin Announces Major Organizational Changes

Posted on April 16, 2015
SNC-Lavalin has appointed Neil Bruce to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO) to further improve and drive operational execution. This appointment is effective immediately and the position is headquartered in Montreal. Bruce will continue to report to president and CEO Robert Card. This appointment will also further streamline operations across all our markets with a goal of further improving operational efficiency. In addition, the regional structure—called Global Operations—will be integrated into the business, while maintaining [...]

Quebec City Receives $79M for Public Transit

Posted on March 26, 2015
The Government of Canada announced $79.1 million in funding for public transit in Quebec. The allocation from the federal Gas Tax Fund and the Government of Quebec’s contribution will provide transportation agencies and authorities with “long-term, stable, and predictable funding,” the government’s press release stated. The funding will allow the Réseau de transport de la Capitale to upgrade and acquire public transit infrastructure and equipment, such as buses, garages and terminals, reserved bus lanes, park-and-ride lots, and intelligent transportation [...]

Consortium Acquires Montreal Gateway Terminals

Posted on March 6, 2015
A consortium led by Fiera Axium Infrastructure Inc. and composed of Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada II L.P., Desjardins Group, via its insurance subsidiaries and its Pension Plan, Manulife, Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Industrial Alliance is pleased to announce it has acquired a 100-per-cent ownership interest in Montreal Gateway Terminals from Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners. "Manulife is pleased to invest alongside such highly regarded, long-term oriented Quebec investors,” said Warren Thomson, senior executive VP and chief investment officer [...]

Arup Awarded Engineering Contract for New Bridge for the St. Lawrence

Posted on March 5, 2015
Arup has been selected to provide engineering consulting services and technical advice to Infrastructure Canada for the construction of the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor project. Due to an accelerated schedule, the project will break ground this summer. The New Bridge for the St. Lawrence is expected to open in December 2018, and the rest of the corridor is expected to be in service by the end of 2020. Arup’s mandate will cover a period of approximately seven years, with three one-year option periods, for a total contract value of $20.4 million. Project [...]

A Matter of Integrity

Posted on January 22, 2015
The Quebec government has lowered the threshold triggering the requirement for any company (and their subcontractors) responding to public calls for tender issued as of October 24 to obtain an authorization from the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the province’s financial markets regulator. Under the current $10-million threshold, the AMF has already granted more than 800 authorizations, and it is estimated the new threshold, set at $5 million, will affect an additional 850 businesses. To date, municipal contracts notwithstanding, the prior [...]

$7B Makeover for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Shipping

Posted on January 19, 2015
A new study reveals that more than $7 billion is being spent on asset renewal and infrastructure improvements in the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping system. The investment survey, compiled by maritime trade consultants Martin Associates, tallies $7.1 billion in capital spending on ships, ports and terminals, and waterway infrastructure in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway. More than $4.8 billion has been invested in the navigation system from 2009 to 2013 and another $2.3 billion is committed to improvements from 2014 to 2018. Two-thirds [...]
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