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Canada, Manitoba invest in University of Manitoba infrastructure

Posted on January 27, 2017
A joint federal-provincial investment in the University of Manitoba (U of M) will support the development of the U of M Smartpark Innovation Hub, as well as the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building. The Smartpark Innovation Hub will be an information exchange centre that will encourage further partnerships between industry, government and university; include new space for the laboratories, provide rentable space for companies; and be home for the Park’s North Forge incubator. Funding will also support the construction of the Stanley Pauley Engineering [...]

BC Transit to add AVL-enabled technology

Posted on January 26, 2017
BC Transit is beginning a request for proposal (RFP) process to introduce Real Time, automatic vehicle location (AVL) enabled technology on buses in seven transit communities, including Kamloops, Nanaimo, Comox Valley, Squamish, Whistler, Kelowna and Victoria. BC Transit aims to introduce the customer-facing features of the Real Time technology in 2018. “The introduction of AVL-equipped buses is an exciting step that will in many ways redefine how customers interact with public transportation,” said Todd Stone, B.C.’s minister of transportation and [...]

BC Hydro proposes new solution for Vancouver energy demands

Posted on January 24, 2017
BC Hydro is introducing "seed", a proposed concept to upgrade downtown Vancouver’s electricity infrastructure while funding new community amenities like new schools, daycare spaces and park upgrades. Demand for electricity in downtown Vancouver is expected to grow by over 75 per cent in the next 30 years due to population and densification. BC Hydro currently has three substations in the downtown core. The first is Cathedral Square substation which will be upgraded and continue to be an important part of the system. The others, Murrin substation in Chinatown [...]

Site C challenge denied by Federal Court of Appeal

Posted on January 24, 2017
A legal challenge filed by two B.C. First Nations regarding the Site C hydroelectric project has been unanimously denied by the Federal Court of Appeal. According to an article in The Globe and Mail, the challenge from the West Moberly First Nation and the Prophet River First Nation called for a judicial review of federal approval of the project. The First Nations claimed that the environmental review of the project should have assessed their treaty rights, which the court rejected. To date, there have been 14 legal challenges filed against the project [...]

TransLink announces expanded service, planning for LRT extensions

Posted on January 19, 2017
TransLink announced the beginning of expanded transit services it will be rolling out in 2017 as part of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation. TransLink has added more SkyTrain and SeaBus services, which will begin to reduce wait times and crowding. Over the coming weeks and months TransLink will continue rolling out phase one of the 10-Year Vision with a region-wide expansion of bus services and HandyDART, and working with communities to prioritize improvements to the region's major roads network to address traffic bottlenecks and congestion. "With [...]

Truss cracks cause Calgary library setback

Posted on January 19, 2017
Micro cracks discovered in steel trusses for the Calgary central library project has caused a setback in construction. According to an article from CBC News, the cracks were discovered before the trusses were delivered to the construction site. While construction of the new $245-million library has continued, the full assessment of the beams and the need to replace them has caused a six-week delay. Officials with the Calgary Municipal Lands Corporation, the body responsible for overseeing the construction, hopes that time savings can be found to [...]

Preliminary Construction Contracts for George Massey Replacement

Posted on January 13, 2017
Two contracts for preliminary construction work on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project will go to tender this week. The contracts are for site preparation in order to improve ground conditions for future lane widening. The ministry will award one contract for work in Delta and one for work in Richmond. Work will begin only after the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure receives the project’s Environmental Assessment and Agricultural Land Commission certificates. Both early works contracts will operate under an environmental management [...]

Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre reaches substantial completion

Posted on January 3, 2017
Integrated Team Solutions (ITS), in partnership with the City of Saskatoon, announced that construction of the Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre (COC) successfully reached substantial completion on December 31, 2016. The new facility relocates the City of Saskatoon's Transit Operations and houses the City's first permanent Snow Management Facility. The facility officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 13, 2016 as the project was completed two weeks ahead of schedule and on budget. Saskatoon COC is LEED certified and designed [...]

Bird Construction preferred proponent for Royal Columbian Hospital project

Posted on January 3, 2017
Bird Construction Inc. announces that it has been named preferred proponent in a fixed-price contract to construct a new mental health facility and energy centre at Royal Columbian Hospital. Bird Construction Inc. announced that Fraser Health has selected Bird Design-Build Construction Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, as the preferred proponent to design and build a new mental health facility and energy centre at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia. The new 75-bed Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) wellness centre will [...]

Tenders lower for CFB Esquimalt work

Posted on December 30, 2016
Four tenders have been submitted at values lower than the $72-million expected price tag for phase 1 of the CFB Esquimalt jetty renewal project. According to an article from the Victoria Times-Colonist, the four bids under budget is a welcome sign for Defence Construction Canada, but it is just a preliminary result. The four bids submitted, with dollar figures, were: Westpro - $55.45 million EBC - $61.8 milliom EllisDon/JJM - $68.9 million Esquimalt Marine and Civil Partnership - $69.2 million The phase 1 work includes dredging and deconstruction [...]
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