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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 [...]

Proponent Selected for Site C Worker Accommodations

Posted on April 30, 2015
BC Hydro has selected Two Rivers Lodging Group as the preferred proponent for the Site C worker accommodation contract as part of the competitive selection process for the design, construction, partial financing, operation, and maintenance of worker accommodation at the Site C dam site. A rigorous evaluation process concluded that Two Rivers Lodging Group met BC Hydro’s requirements for Site C worker accommodation within the budget established for this contract. Two Rivers Lodging Group is made up of ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd. and Bird Design [...]

Forum Expands PPP Portfolio with Justice Projects

Posted on April 27, 2015
Forum Equity Partners has announced the recent closing of its acquisition of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.'s interests in the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre Expansion and the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse projects. As part of the transaction, Forum also acquires the asset management rights to each project. The projects have a capital cost of approximately $200 million, which will be added to Forum's existing portfolio of assets under management. "These acquisitions represent a strategic opportunity to grow our Canadian public-private partnership [...]

CN Invests $500M in Upgrades to Western Rail Lines

Posted on April 21, 2015
CN announced a multi-year program to invest approximately $500 million in infrastructure improvements to its Western Canada feeder rail lines in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan that are handling rising volumes of industrial products, natural resources, and energy-related commodities. In 2015, CN will allocate approximately $100 million for work on northern Alberta branch lines, investing in infrastructure upgrades and safety improvements, including heavier rail, crushed rock ballast and new ties, to ensure the network can efficiently accommodate future [...]

Alberta’s $1.4B 800MW Shepard Energy Centre Operational

Posted on March 13, 2015
ENMAX Corp. and Capital Power Corp. have announced that the Shepard Energy Centre located in east Calgary is now fully operational and capable of generating over 800 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the Alberta grid. Fuelled by natural gas, the facility is the largest of its kind in the province and an important step in Alberta’s transition away from aging coal-fired generation facilities. “We delivered Shepard as planned without a lost-time injury in the more than 4.3 million hours of work required to complete the project,” said Gianna Manes, ENMAX [...]

Prince Rupert Moves Ahead with Terminal Expansion

Posted on March 11, 2015
Maher Terminals Holding Corp., the operator of the Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal, announced its decision to proceed with expansion of the seven-year-old facility, increasing its container capacity by 500,000 TEUs to accommodate growing container volumes and further enhancing the Canadian gateway’s growing role in North American trans-Pacific trade. Since its conversion from a breakbulk handling operation, Fairview Container Terminal has been operated by Maher Terminals. The terminal anchors an efficient trade lane served by CN’s [...]

PCA: Site C Project Should be Open to All Workers

Posted on March 4, 2015
Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) president Paul de Jong has argued on behalf of the tens of thousands of non-closed-shop union workers for the right to work on Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia. “Excluding progressively unionized and non-union skilled tradespersons from working on large scale projects like this serves no one,” de Jong said. “Christie Clark and the B.C. Liberals have taken a progressive stance on this project and we support it whole-heartedly.” Speaking in response to proposed court action by [...]

Wood Design Awards Honour B.C. Firms and Projects

Posted on March 3, 2015
Innovative architectural and structural design in large wood buildings headlined the 2015 Wood Design Awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West) on March 2, 2015. The 11th annual event, organized and hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honoured excellence in wood building and design, and recognized leadership and innovation in wood use. More than 360 people attended this year's celebration of wood, including architects, structural engineers, project teams, local government, and industry sponsors. Wood WORKS! is a national industry-led program of the [...]

$13B Required for B.C.'s Water, Wastewater Infrastructure

Posted on February 27, 2015
Communities in British Columbia will require at least $13 billion of additional investment to replace existing water and wastewater systems, according to a recent report released by the BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA). The report, entitled Are Our Water Systems at Risk?, assesses the financial capacity of BC’s municipalities to maintain, renew, and replace British Columbia’s existing water and wastewater infrastructure. The assessment, which was carried out by BCWWA and Urban Systems, uses four financial indicators based on data from the 2013 [...]

RFP Released for PRH Patient Care Tower in B.C.

Posted on February 26, 2015
A request for proposals (RFP) is now in the hands of the three teams shortlisted for the new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH). The RFP follows the announcement of the short list in December 2014. Three teams were selected from six that responded to the Request for Qualifications, which closed on November 6, 2014. The three teams selected to move forward to the RFP stage were: EllisDon Infrastructure Plenary Health Tandem Health Partners The competitive selection process is being managed by Partnerships BC. It is anticipated [...]
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