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Architects selected to design Winnipeg innovation centre

Posted on September 18, 2017
Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg has awarded a $95-million Innovation Centre project to Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with Number TEN Architectural Group. The 100,000-square-foot development will comprise new construction and incorporate a repurposed downtown heritage building to provide state-of-the-art facilities that will help create jobs, expand research, and foster innovation in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District. Diamond Schmitt and Number TEN were selected for their combined team experience designing flexible, collaborative [...]

Edmonton hosts Communities of Practice

Posted on September 18, 2017
ReNew Canada publisher Todd Latham joined 26 other government leaders and association representatives from eleven provincial and territorial asset management Communities of Practice (CoP) in Edmonton last week for a national workshop designed to develop a collaborative framework among the various organizations. The in-person, three-day meeting which was facilitated by Guy Felio (aka, Dr. Infrastructure) explored ways to share information and assist each other across Canada while continuing to deliver asset management services to our communities. Having [...]

Alberta Renewable Electricity Program reaches RFP stage

Posted on September 18, 2017
Alberta moves one step closer to its target of 30 per cent renewable energy by 2030 as round one of the Renewable Electricity Program enters the request for proposals stage. The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has invited national and international companies to participate in the final stage of the competition. A total of 29 projects qualified to advance to the request for proposals stage, representing approximately 10 times the number of megawatts targeted for the first round. “Round one of the program has attracted strong national and international [...]

Alberta commits new funding to Edmonton LRT

Posted on September 15, 2017
The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $176-million grant to the City of Edmonton for construction of the southeast leg of the Valley Line LRT. The funding was originally provided to Edmonton in 2014 as an interest-free loan. The province is now converting this loan into a grant, with funds coming from Climate Leadership Plan revenues. “The Southeast Valley Line LRT is a priority for our government, as it will help to connect Edmonton residents and visitors to essential services, education, and jobs,” said Brian Mason, minister of [...]

Selkirk Regional Health Centre opens

Posted on September 15, 2017
Manitoba’s newest regional hospital celebrated its grand opening in Selkirk with a ceremony attended by the province’s health minister and community representatives. “The new Selkirk Regional Health Centre better accommodates residents’ health-care needs and the delivery of health-care services in the region,” said Kelvin Goertzen, minister of health, seniors, and active living. “This state-of-the-art, environmentally responsible, and efficient facility doubles the size of the former hospital. It features enhanced clinical services, increased [...]

Saskatchewan releases 2018 road construction tenders

Posted on September 15, 2017
The Government of Saskatchewan has released its tenders for the 2018 construction season. The tenders include more than 550 kilometres of surface improvements and consist of more than 30 construction contracts, half a dozen bridge and culvert projects, and more than a dozen crushing and stockpiling contracts worth an estimated $220 million. “Even though we have multiple highway and infrastructure projects currently under construction this year, we find that tendering earlier will help us secure contractors and get an early jump for next year,” said [...]

Regina celebrates new joint-use schools

Posted on September 13, 2017
Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre, along with Regina Public and Catholic School Divisions, joined students and staff at École Harbour Landing School and St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School to celebrate the grand opening of their new K-8 joint-use school, one of three built in Regina. “We are pleased to celebrate this historic moment with students and staff here in Harbour Landing and to enjoy the result of years of hard work and planning in these incredible elementary schools,” Eyre said. “I thank Regina Public and Catholic School Divisions for [...]

B.C. Government provides budget update

Posted on September 13, 2017
The Government of B.C., under the leadership of premier John Horgan, has issued its first budget update stating financial priorities for the months ahead. The Budget Update outlined current public sector infrastructure investment commitments: $2.6 billion for post-secondary institutions around the province to invest in priority projects to build capacity and help meet the province’s future workforce needs in key sectors, including science, trades and technology; $3.1 billion to expand and upgrade health facilities. These investments support new [...]

Government of Canada looks to restore Churchill rail service

Posted on September 11, 2017
The Government of Canada is deeply concerned that OmniTRAX Inc. has not yet commenced repairs and that further delay may jeopardize the ability to complete repairs before winter. As per its 2008 agreement, the Government of Canada committed to provide financial support to Hudson Bay Railway Company in exchange for their agreement to repair, maintain and operate the rail service through to Churchill until 2029. “The Government of Canada remains committed to the people of Churchill and Northern Manitoba and is ready to do its part to restore rail service,” [...]

Winnipeg expands asset management training program

Posted on September 8, 2017
The City of Winnipeg is expanding its training in asset management with the launch of a new internal course curriculum in project management tailor-made for the City, developed and delivered with Red River College. “This new training program will help the City of Winnipeg make important improvements to project management oversight by implementing leading best practices throughout civic departments in investment planning & project management processes, as identified in the 2014 Winnipeg Police Headquarter Construction Project Audit,” Mike Pagtakhan [...]
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