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May 2020

Artscape Atelier launches paid opportunities for artists during COVID-19

Building Magazine - As the arts and culture sector across the GTA struggles to stay afloat during COVID-19, Artscape has launched the first of a series of paid work opportunities that will be developed together with one of its city-building partners Lakeview Community Partners Limited...................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Evolv1 achieves dual Zero Carbon Building certification

Building Magazine - The Cora Group has achieved dual certification for evolv1 under the Zero Carbon Building Standard.The building is the second to receive the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Standard – Design and Zero Carbon Building Standard – Performance certifications...................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Why the fight against COVID-19 must include indoor air humidity

Building Magazine - As the fight to stem the impact of COVID-19 continues, without a viable vaccine in sight for the immediate future, social distancing and stringent personal hygiene remains the key advice from governments around the world in halting the spread of the virus..................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Can COVID-19 spread through HVAC systems? Canadian researchers seek to find out

Global News - The novel coronavirus is mainly spread through close contact, but a group of mechanical engineers at a Canadian university are looking at a lesser-known possibility — airborne transmission.................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

CCA working to ensure construction industry stays on firm footing as pandemic recovery gets underway

Construction Canada -Question marks continue to hang over the Canadian economy as provinces cautiously set course for a return to normal.onstruction has weathered the COVID-19 crisis with fewer disruptions than many other industries, but hasn’t escaped unscathed...............................................Read Article

 

May 2020

Québec to reopen the entire construction sector on May 11

Construction Canada -The entire construction industry in Québec will reopen as of May 11, confirmed Jean Boulet, the Minister of Labour, Employment, and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region..............................................Read Article

 

May 2020

Two Canadian projects chosen as 2020 Tile Competition winners

Canadian Interiors - Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Agency have announced the winners of the 2020 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

IDC invites industry partners to submit online learning opportunities

Canadian Interiors - Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is calling all industry partners to submit ideas for IDCEC-approved webinars relevant to the interior design profession and practice...............................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Amid pandemic, Italy sees hope in Genoa bridge completion

Construct Connect - Nearly two years after a highway bridge in Genoa collapsed and killed 43 people, workers moved the final piece of a replacement span into place April 28 in a milestone hailed by Italy’s premier as a symbolic show of unity and hope amid the coronavirus emergency..............................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

How do you build a city for a pandemic?

BBC Future - The new coronavirus has spread rapidly in cities around the globe. How might the virus make us think differently about urban design in the future?.............................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Future Building: Building Futures in the Trades

Ontario Construction Secretariat - Future Building is an annual event designed to introduce young career seekers in grades 7-12, aboriginal youth, youth at risk and adults in career transition to the building and construction industry.............................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province

Ontario News- Premier and Ministers Commit to New Phased Approach for a Safe Restart and Recovery............................................................................................⁣⁣View Resource

May 2020

Building Back Better with a green renovation wave

Corporate Knights - The retrofit industry must be scaled for its “Model T moment” to help Canada’s economy recover after COVID-19............................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Coronavirus and the Road to Climate Change Recovery

Building Magazine - The speed and means of the coronavirus crisis have taken the world by surprise. In just 3 months, the outbreak has forced countries and economies to shut down, putting millions into isolation............................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Canada’s Building Trades Unions Mark Day of Mourning on April 28

Building Magazine - On April 28, over half a million members of Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), will observe a moment of silence at 11:00 AM, honouring the memory of those killed or injured at work...........................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic might make buildings sick, too

Building Magazine - While millions of people are under orders to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, water is sitting in the pipes of empty office buildings and gyms, getting old and potentially dangerous..........................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Sustainable Buildings Canada releases online open-source platform

Building Magazine - Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) has created an online open-source platform for sharing information and ideas. The organization states that it is committed to assisting in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic in the best way it can.........................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Formica invites architects and designers to learn while helping Food Banks Canada

Canadian Interiors - Formica Canada invites architects and designers to participate in its online training program, discover its new products and help raise $ 10,000 by April 30 for Food Banks Canada.............................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

HBF shifts manufacturing to support local communities

Canadian Interiors - HBF & HBF Textiles have taken up the call to action to support their local community in the fight against COVID-19............................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

TCNA and Members Collaborate on Material Ingredient Transparency

Canadian Interiors - Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announced a collaboration to provide industry-wide material ingredient transparency...........................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Coverings offers a brand-new digital experience for 2020 show

Canadian Interiors - Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, is offering a brand-new digital experience that will take place from April 20-23 in lieu of the physical trade show..........................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Earth Day at 50: A look to the past offers hope for the planet’s future

Canadian Architect - Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets in cities and towns across the United States, giving voice to an emerging consciousness of humanity’s impact on Earth.........................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Earth Day 2020 gives rare chance to reflect, consider the future

Ryerson University - As we look to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, there’s an opportunity for the environment to rebound and show its resiliency, says Ryerson professor Christopher Gore........................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Get the recognition you deserve! Enter the 23rd annual Best of Canada!

Canadian Interiors - The deadline to submit your Project and Product to the Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Awards competition is quickly approaching: submissions are due on Friday, May 8........................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Autodesk and Aurigo to combine software for buildings and infrastructure

Canadian Consulting Engineer - Construction management software developer Autodesk is acquiring a minority stake in and forming a strategic alliance with Aurigo Software, with plans to integrate their products.......................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

More industry events reorganized during pandemic

Canadian Consulting Engineer - An update on how upcoming industry events are being reorganized during the global COVID-19 pandemic......................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Stantec named lead technical advisor for Hurontario LRT

Canadian Consulting Engineer - Crown agency Metrolinx and provincial ministry Infrastructure Ontario (IO) have selected Stantec to serve as lead technical advisor for the Hurontario light rail transit (LRT) project, a north-south line that will connect Mississauga and Brampton, Ont......................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

US home construction collapsed 22.3% in March

Building- U.S. home-building activity collapsed in March as the coronavirus spread, with housing starts tumbling 22.3% from a month ago.....................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

May 2020

Off To Work We Go

Building- If the phrase “co-working space” conjures an image of toque-topped millennials, sitting on bean bag chairs, sipping all-you-can lattes as they twirl their ironic facial hair and plot the next Facebook, you haven’t seen the Exchange Cowork....................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches - April 17, 2020

Construct Connect - Every day, the tremendous number of factors in play reconfigure in a new way. These ‘from the trenches’ notes attempt to shed some light along a murky pathway...................................................................................⁣⁣View Resource

April 2020

COVID-19 Construction Industry Weekly News Roundup

Construct Connect - A weekly construction industry news roundup to bring you the latest happenings regarding the impact COVID-19 is having on the industry, both locally and nationally..................................................................................⁣⁣View Resource

April 2020

Stantec partially converts McCormick Place to an Alternate Care Facility

Building - Stantec is providing design and engineering services to convert a portion of Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center into an Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for COVID-19 patients.................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

USGBC and arbnco report reveals Opportunities in Green Building Initiatives

Building - Building technology company arbnco and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) hosted a series of roundtable discussions with building and energy executives to promote transparency about evolving green initiatives................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

Covid-19 and Canadian real estate: where we are 

Building - This article purports to present a snapshot of what is happening in Canadian real estate markets now, not what is going to happen after the pandemic lockdown is over................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

Energy modeling tool for buildings being developed

Energy Manager Canada- Using supercomputing, the energy modeling method assesses building types, systems, use patterns and prevailing weather conditions...............................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

Quebec government changes tack, will add residential construction to essential service list

On-site Magazine - The Quebec government has declared that home builders, miners and landscapers provide essential services and can return to work despite COVID-19 restrictions that have brought much of the economy to a halt..............................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

Zaha Hadid Architects’ massive London towers finally receive approval

The Architect's Newspaper - AN announced last December that Vauxhall Cross Island, a mixed-use proposal designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in south London................................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

Command Center Blog: Rogers-O’Brien Construction Slashes Project Time and Costs Using COMMAND Center

Construction Links Network- Rogers-O’Brien’s focus on client service led them to seek ways to accelerate project schedules while controlling costs................................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

Best Practices For Decommissioning To Recommissioning Your Buildings

Facility Executive - In response to COVID-19, you may have closed your buildings quickly. Did you properly decommission your building and its systems?...............................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

VERSATILITY LEADS TO EFFICIENCY

Steel Design - Using pre-painted Z275 (G90) galvanized insulated steel panels to provide sustainability, energy efficiency along with durability - SMS Equipment Inc. Laval, Quebec...............................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

A New Season of Steel Construction

Steel Design - Flight Steel Frame Construction Delivers Precision, Efficiency and Savings - Seasons Retirement residence...............................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

Ryerson answers the call for personal protective equipment donations

Ryerson University - Faculties make small and large donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline workers at local hospitals...............................................................................................................⁣⁣View Resource

April 2020

Building permits: Flash estimates, March 2020

StatCan - Statistics Canada remains committed to providing timely information to all Canadians. As such, the agency is releasing March 2020 preliminary flash estimates of building permits for select regions...............................................................................................................⁣⁣View Resource

April 2020

Feds list engineering among essential services during COVID-19 crisis

Canadian Consulting Engineer - “Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” a non-binding, advisory document intended to maintain Canadians’ health, safety, and security during the current crisis..............................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

Canada Infrastructure Bank CEO and board chair step down

Canadian Consulting Engineer - Marking a significant change in leadership, the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s (CIB’s) founding CEO, Pierre Lavallée, and board chair, Janice Fukakusa, are both stepping down.............................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

CCA supports keeping health-compliant federal construction sites open

Canadian Consulting Engineer - Construction sites open during the COVID-19 pandemic for projects that involve defence, security, infrastructure and the administration of justice and government, so long as compliance with public health and safety protocols can be maintained............................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

COVID-19 and standard CCDC/CCA clauses

Canadian Consulting Engineer - In a continued effort to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow the spread of the virus, the federal and provincial governments have introduced a series of emergency measures............................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

How Toronto's Most Historic Hotel is Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

BlogTO - Fairmont Royal York Hotel want to ensure that their colleagues  do not go hungry.⁣ ⁣⁣They set up a GoFundMe page, where all the donations go directly to employees who are facing difficult times during these unforeseen circumstances...........................................................................................................⁣⁣View Article

April 2020

Bird Construction Marks 100 Year Legacy

Building - Bird Construction Inc. marked its centenary year of building Canadian commercial, institutional, retail, multi-tenant residential, and industrial projects since March 29, 1920................................................................View Article

April 2020

Commercial landlords offering rent deferrals as economy hit by pandemic

Building- Major commercial landlords in Canada are offering rent deferrals to tenants as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses to close their stores...............................................................View Article

April 2020

Rider Levett Bucknall Anticipates the Effect of Coronavirus on the Construction Industry

Building- International property and construction consultancy firm Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has released its latest Crane Index for North America..............................................................View Article

April 2020

ARCHITECTUREBUILDINGHDR Selected to Design 12-Story Mass Timber Hotel in Kelowna

Building- RPB Hotels and Resorts has selected HDR to provide architectural design services for the development of a new 82-suite, 12-story mass timber constructed Ramada Hotel in Kelowna.............................................................View Article

April 2020

Ryerson University launches internal SRC fund for COVID-19 related projects

Ryerson University- The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) has launched an internal funding program to support the Ryerson scholarly, research and creative (SRC) community investigating issues related to COVID-19............................................................View Resource

 

April 2020

AG Retools to offer protective gear

Astley Gilbert- Asltey Gilbert wanted to use their skills and services to help people who continue to work in these challenging times...........................................................View Resource

 

April 2020

Enjoy virtual tours of different Frank Lloyd Wright buildings every Thursday

The Architect's Newspaper- The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation have teamed up to keep the doors open, virtually speaking, at a slew of buildings designed by America’s most well-known architect...........................................................View Article

 

April 2020

Enjoy virtual tours of different Frank Lloyd Wright buildings every Thursday

The Architect's Newspaper- he Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation have teamed up to keep the doors open, virtually speaking, at a slew of buildings designed by America’s most well-known architect...........................................................View Article

 

April 2020

How to help construction clients who are no longer deemed essential services

Construction Links Network - Ontario brokers can expect to receive calls from their clients in the province’s construction industry, some of whom were recently de-listed from the province’s essential services list..........................................................View Article

 

April 2020

How the coronavirus is impacting American homebuilders

Construction Links Network - Although there is debate on whether or not real estate may be considered an essential business in some states, construction is a hot topic, too........................................................View Article

 

April 2020

Four Tips For Dark Store Maintenance During COVID-19

Facility Executive - As more businesses are forced to temporarily shutter their storefronts, MaintenX International offers helpful hints for "dark store" maintenance.......................................................View Article

 

April 2020

Technology used to overcome impacts of COVID-19 on Edmonton’s real estate market

Global News - The Realtors Association of Edmonton has released its first quarter market report for 2020 and the numbers aren’t looking too great......................................................View Article

 

April 2020

Online COVID-19 resources for real estate investors, landlords and developers

BIV - Industry organizations have made numerous resource hubs available online, while we all struggle during this pandemic – here is a round-up.....................................................View Resource

 

April 2020

WSIB COVID - 19 UPDATE

WSIB Ontario - COVID - 19 UPDATE .....................................................View Resource

 

April 2020

Pandemic preparedness: how hospitals can adapt buildings to address worst-case scenarios

Canadian Interiors- A Canadian healthcare architect looks at how hospital staff can act now to modify facilities and contain a pandemic.....................................................View Article

 

April 2020

Ministry of Labour identifies three COVID-19 site shutdowns

Construct Connect - The Ontario Ministry of Labour has identified three of the five construction sites shut down for COVID-19-related health and safety violations as cited by Premier Doug Ford during his daily address April 3....................................................View Article

 

April 2020

ACEC-Canada asks federal government for industry support

Canadian Consulting Engineer - ACEC-Canada has written to the prime minister and several cabinet ministers with specific recommendations for how the consulting engineering community can retain its capacity to help the federal government mitigate the COVID-19 crisis and to support post-crisis recovery...................................................View Article

 

April 2020

NIST tests could bolster fire safety for office buildings

Canadian Consulting Engineer - Engineers and technicians at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have investigated how fires cause office buildings’ floors to collapse, conducting tests that are hoped to lead to stronger building codes and improved design tools..................................................View Article

 

April 2020

Expectations for infrastructure investment plummet globally: Survey

Build-Ing - A new CG/LA Infrastructure survey shows that global industry leaders are not hopeful about an increase in infrastructure spending following the worldwide spread of the coronavirus....................................................View Article

 

April 2020

The Spanish tile industry – Tile of Spain remains active in sales and service network to the customers

Build-Ing - Despite the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 and the restrictions set in Spain, the Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers will continue to meet their customers’ needs and the international orders dispatch times....................................................View Article

 

April 2020

Construction councils applaud Ontario government’s COVID-19 action plan

Build-Ing - As a result of the government’s Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 (March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update), the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) have announced their support of the recondition..................................................View Article

 

April 2020

How the architecture industry will change post COVID-19

Canadian Architect - How will the architecture industry change after the COVID-19 crisis? Marianne McKenna, founding partner of KPMB Architects, offers her insights.................................................View Article

 

April 2020

AJ survey results: How is the profession coping with coronavirus?

Architects' Journal- More than a third of architects and architectural assistants will not get full pay for the duration of their sickness should they contract the coronavirus, an AJ survey has revealed.................................................View Article

 

April 2020

How to cope with fear and anxiety about COVID-19

Ryerson University- Psychology professor offers strategies to maintain positive mental health during pandemic................................................View Article

 

April 2020

Ontario orders further workplace closures, halt to many construction projects

Global News- The Ontario government has announced further business closures and a shutdown of many construction sites in response to the coronavirus pandemic................................................View Article

 

April 2020

Ontario providing electricity pricing relief during COVID-19

Energy Manager Canada - For a 45-day period the government will hold electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour...............................................View Article

 

April 2020

Lutron and Cree Lighting collaborate to expand connected lighting solutions

Energy Manager Canada - Lutron Electronics, provider of smart, scalable lighting control solutions, and Cree Lighting, known for its LED lighting solutions, are teaming up to introduce new connected lighting products to the market..............................................View Article

 

April 2020

CIET turns to virtual training in 11 days – a COVID-19 case study

Energy Manager Canada - Following a successful trial run, the Canadian Institute for Energy Training is organizing and promoting the virtual delivery of the its entire training calendar..............................................View Article

 

March 2020

CCA recommends keeping construction operational

Canadian Consulting Engineer - The Canadian Construction Association (CCA), which represents more than 20,000 member firms across the country, is recommending construction and related manufacturing activities remain operational, for the time being, during the global COVID-19 pandemic.............................................View Article

 

March 2020

Joseph Brant Hospital begins building temporary COVID-19 unit

Daily Commercial News - Joseph Brant Hospital has started construction of its new pandemic response unit. This modular structure is being built on the hospital’s grounds and will provide 93 additional beds for patients who require hospitalization and treatment for COVID-19................................................View Article

 

March 2020

Coronavirus: Ontario government orders shutdown of all outdoor recreation amenities

Global News - The Ontario government has ordered the shutdown of all outdoor recreation amenities in the province as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic...............................................View Article

 

March 2020

5 ways to help children cope during a pandemic

Ryerson University - Professor Donna Koller from Ryerson’s School of Early Childhood Studies shares tips for talking to children about COVID-19..............................................View Resource

 

March 2020

Preparing Your Workplace to Respond to COVID-19: Questions and Answers for Employers

WeirFoulds - The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and in Canada the various levels of government in each jurisdiction have taken significant steps to control and contain the spread of the virus. Employers are faced with a rapidly changing environment and the need to respond quickly but carefully..............................................View Article

 

March 2020

Keeping the Lights On: Preventing and Responding to Work Refusals in the Wake of COVID-19

WeirFoulds - While some employers have chosen to temporarily suspend operations, or have been ordered to do so, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many others, will do their best to remain open for business..............................................View Article

 

March 2020

Ontario Litigation Update: COVID-19

WeirFoulds - In a matter of days, Courts have suspended normal operations and established a framework for continuing to administer justice in the face of unprecedented challenges.............................................View Resource

 

March 2020

Construction Workplaces Deemed “Essential Services”

Ontario.ca - A complete list of the essential services can be found with the link provided............................................View Resource

 

March 2020

Construction Workplaces Deemed “Essential Services”

WeirFoulds - For the construction industry, the following workplaces qualify as essential, meaning that they may continue throughout the shutdown period............................................View Resource

 

March 2020

Navigating Ontario’s Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

WeirFoulds - The Governemnt regulation excludes from its scope two types of businesses: those deemed “essential”, and  non-essential businesses to which temporary access is permitted for specific purposes, click on the link to see which businesses are deemed "essential"........................................View Resource

 

March 2020

Construction Site and COVID-19: Health and Safety Resources

WeirFoulds - This is a compiled a list of resources providing guidance on health and safety measures for construction sites. We will be updating this page at least weekly........................................................................View Resource

 

March 2020

HB.C. construction sites still allowed to operate, but with restrictions

Construction Links Network - The B.C. government says construction sites can continue to operate despite social distancing measures meant to curb the coronavirus pandemic — but there will still be some restrictions........................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

Halifax developer loses case, must pay contractors $1.2 million

Construction Links Network - A Halifax developer has lost a 12-year-old court case and been found personally liable for more than $1.2 million owed to contractors for a south-end Halifax development.......................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

Ontario closes all non-essential services, but not construction

Construction Canada - The Ontario Construction Consortium (OCC) urged the provincial government to “suspend work on construction sites across Ontario for 14 days to protect the safety of workers and employers amid the COVID-19 crisis,” ......................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

Without providing access to paid emergency leave, Ford’s COVID-19 legislation misses the mark: OFL

Building - The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) in a statement, and is hopeful that the bill tabled today by the Ontario government is merely a first step toward protecting Ontarians......................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

PPS Realty assesses COVID-19’s impact on the Toronto real estate market

Building - “COVID-19 has put the global economy in turmoil since its first appearance in Wuhan, China during November 2019. Here in Canada, and specifically Toronto, we’ve had different responses from the GTHA real estate market,” says Ali Salarian, Real Estate Analyst and vice president.....................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

Shutting Down Construction Projects is an Unnecessary Step: AGC of America

Building - “Halting construction activity will do more harm than good for construction workers, community residents and the economy..."- CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr.....................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

Government of Canada announces measures to support continued lending to Canadian consumers and businesses

Building - The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is taking action to support Canadian individuals and businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 virus pandemic.....................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

Four buildings Receive 2020 Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Award for Excellence

Canadian Architect- Since 1985, Heritage Winnipeg’s annual Preservation Awards has been acknowledging large scale restoration projects and individuals that have made a difference to Winnipeg’s built heritage....................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

BCCA unveils Covid-19 “Virtual Hotline” to support BC construction sector

Daily Commercial News- The BC Construction Association is bolstering the resources its providing online with a “virtual hotline” to gather the observations, questions and requests for guidance from the construction sector.....................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

Developers revamp Montreal’s Royalmount mega-project

Daily Commercial News- Developers Carbonleo and L Catterton Real Estate have unveiled a dramatically revamped vision for the next phase of their mammoth Royalmount mixed-use project in Montreal......................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

Take COVID-19 seriously — the next few months are critical: BCCSA

Journal of Commerce- That you do in the next five minutes can have a significant effect on your health. In the age of COVID-19 our choices, both large and small, will determine our success in preventing viral infection and controlling the outbreak......................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

OLRB, Workplace Safety tribunals are suspended

Daily Commercial News - Lawyer Ryan Plener of McCarthy Tetrault LLP has written a blog posted on Lexology summarizing closures of Ontario tribunals due to coronavirus concerns as of March 16.....................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

Alberta construction groups urge province to keep sites open

Journal of Commerce - As the federal government weighs its options to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, Alberta builders are urging officials to keep job sites open....................................................................Read Article

 

March 2020

Strategies to reduce COVID-19 transmission in the built environment

Construction Canada - Researchers from the Biology and the Built Environment Center from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon), the UC Davis Genome Center, University of California (Davis, California), and the Institute for Health and the Built Environment, University of Oregon (Portland, Oregon) have published a paper to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the built environment (BE)...................................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

Self-Isolation Instructions for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ottawa Public Health - How to self-isolate. If you are ill, you should be separated from others in your household to the greatest extent possible...................................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

How To Tackle Deferred Maintenance And Avoid Costly Downtime

Facility Executive - Deferred maintenance can create expensive, time-consuming issues for your organization. If your team is struggling to get ahead of your backlog, use the resources in this article to start breaking the cycle today..................................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

The New Expectations In Facility Management: Smart. Connected. Tailored

Facility Executive - In just a few decades, facility management has morphed from a mere provider of services to a key cog in the business growth engine...................................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

Alberta’s Jaus Neigum wins Cat’s Global Operator Challenge, earning title of world’s best

On-Site Magazine- After a year of hard-fought competitions around the world, Caterpillar Inc. has crowned the winner of its inaugural Global Operator Challenge...................................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

Grocery chain Metro to invest $420M to build new high-tech distribution centre outside Montrealt

On-Site Magazine- Ontario and Quebec grocery chain Metro Inc. has set aside $420 million to put toward construction of a new distribution centre on the outskirts of Montreal, as well as an expansion to an existing facility in Laval, Que...................................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

The Canadian Centre for Architecture gets reflective in The Museum is Not Enough

The Architect's Newspaper - What can an institution like the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) do, for architecture and for the world at large? The Museum is Not Enough offers a not unexpected answer......................................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

Ontario recognizes excellence in wood architecture

Canadian Contractor - The Canadian Wood Council’s Ontario Wood WORKS! program joined forces with the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) on February 26th in Toronto to recognize six winning projects as part of the Ontario Wood Design Awards program....................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

Aging Edmonton industrial site converted to small-bay strata units

Western Investor - A south Edmonton development will transform an old, underused warehouse into a new, 100,000-square-foot hub featuring a number of small-bay, commercial strata properties for sale..........................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

Alliance Magnesium secures funding for $145-million Quebec manufacturing plant

Daily Commercial News- Quebec manufacturer Alliance Magnesium has announced it is has closed on $145 million in funding for construction of a magnesium plant in the MRC des Sources region of southeastern Quebec...........................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

Awkward ceiling spaces causing delay? Try USG’s ceilings drywall suspension system

Construction Canada - Framing drywall ceilings in small or crowded spaces can be a real challenge without the right product, so it is important to understand your options for these types of jobs............................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

Lemay designs 360-degree experience for Québec chalet

Construction Canada - For the Bromont Summit Chalet in Bromont, Qué., architectural firm Lemay created a warm and welcoming den with contemporary lines that hugs the shape of Mont Brome.............................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

How to Save Trees with Concrete

Construction Canada - In communities across Canada, people are recycling more, driving less, and conserving water. As construction goes green, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) have been soaring in popularity..............................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

Construction association battling Gatineau’s mandatory green roof bylaw

Construction Canada - The Association de la construction du Québec (ACQ) is fighting a new bylaw mandating green roofs of at least 20 per cent on all buildings over 2000 m2 (21,528 sf) in Gatineau, Qué.................................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020

Quebec outlines 10-year infrastructure plan

Canadian Consulting Engineer - Yesterday, Quebec’s provincial government presented its second Quebec Infrastructure Plan (QIP), representing a record $130.5-billion investment over the next 10 years, up $15.1 billion over the first QIP.............................................................Read Article

 

March 23, 2020
Canada Green Building Council updates Zero Carbon Building Standard

Canadian Architect - The Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) recent updates to its Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard is designed to accelerate adoption of zero carbon building practices – and help the country meet its climate targets....View Article

March 2020
10 Essential Ways Contractors & Subs Must Respond to Coronavirus

Construct Connect - There is a life-threatening element to this new virus. It causes the disease COVID-19 and can affect important organ systems in both healthy and vulnerable patients....View Article

March 2020
Commercial Real Estate In The Age of The COVID-19 Virus

Propmodo - Most of us remember the movie Outbreak, which turned 25 years old last week. A deadly virus had been spread by a spider monkey and a dramatic hunt for the simian patient zero ensued....View Article

March 2020
Icahn is shorting the commercial real estate market, which he says is going to ‘blow up’

CNBC - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC on Friday he expects the U.S. commercial real estate market will crumble, much like the broader housing market collapse of 2008.....View Article

March 2020
COVID-19: Mental Health and Wellbeing

Informa - As the world continues to respond to COVID-19, we are increasingly feeling the impact in our places of work, our communities, and our day-to-day lives.....View Article

March 2020
Ontario declares state of emergency over COVID 19, closing bars and restaurants

Building - Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, theatres, libraries and banning public events with over 50 people.....View Article

March 2020
Government of Canada announces measures to support continued lending to Canadian consumers and businesses

Building - The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is taking action to support Canadian individuals and businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 virus pandemic.....View Article

March 2020
Ontario’s Power Grid Manager, IESO, Taking COVID-19 Precautions

Energy Manager - In Ontario, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)—a not-for-profit entity established by the Government of Ontario to manage the province’s power system so that citizens receive power when and where they need it—is implementing some precautionary measures associated with the COVID-19 virus to ensure the reliable operation of the Ontario electricity grid.....View Article

March 2020
TSA guide to COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness

The Toronto Society of Architects has created a virtual space to share resources that might be helpful for the architecture community as we navigate this public health crisis....View Article

March 2020
What COVID-19 means for Canadian architects

Architecture firms across the country have scrambled to make arrangements for their employees to work from home, quickly getting acquainted with remote access and collaboration tools like Zoom, Splashtop and BIM360.... View Article

March 2020
Government of Canada Offical Covid-19 Page

This page contains updates, travel advice, tips on preparedness, symptoms and treatment information, preventative measures, and details about the government's response.... View Resource

March 2020
Worldometer Coronavirus Update (live)

This page tracks all globally available statistics on COVID-19 as they become available. Worldometer is run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available in a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world.... View Resource

March 2020
Who’s ‘flattening the curve’ on the coronavirus, and who isn’t? A global graphic comparison

The Globe and Mail - For countries scrambling to contain COVID-19, the challenge is to slow the disease down so there aren’t more cases than their health systems can handle. Here’s why that matters, and how governments are faring.... View Resource

March 2020
‘Act of God’ Clauses Could be Triggered in the Wake of Coronavirus
The Globe and Mail- As Canadian businesses begin to deal with the fallout of the novel coronavirus, many are evaluating whether their commercial contracts could be broken by force majeure clauses that cover events outside the parties’ control.... View Article

March 2020
Visualizing the History of Pandemics
Visual Capitalist- As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, though not every outbreak reaches pandemic level as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has. Today’s visualization outlines some of history’s most deadly pandemics, from the Antonine Plague to the current COVID-19 event.... View Article

March 2020
Don't be Italy
Observable- When coronavirus cases spiked in Lombardy, officials thought they moved quickly—putting 50,000 people in 11 towns under lockdown. But it wasn't nearly enough: two weeks later, when they shut down the entire country, the epidemic was 100 times bigger with little sign of stopping.... View Article

March 2020
Coronavirus Will Change How We Shop, Travel and Work for Years
Bloomberg - Every economic shock leaves a legacy. The deadly coronavirus will be no different.The great depression spurred a “waste not want not” attitude that defined consumer patterns for decades. Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic still haunts German policy. The Asia financial crisis left the region hoarding the world’s biggest collection of foreign exchange. More recently, the 2008 global financial crisis drove a wedge through mature democracies that still reverberates, with workers suffering measly pay gains in the decade since... View Article

March 2020
U of T scientists working on coronavirus treatment among recipients of Canadian emergency grants
Toronto Star - As COVID-19 spreads internationally and at home, Canadian scientists have been given almost $27 million in federal government funding to accelerate research aimed at mitigating the outbreak and its negative impacts.... View Article

March 2020
The economic impact of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
Deloitte - ​COVID-19 could affect the global economy in three main ways: by directly affecting production, by creating supply chain and market disruption, and by its financial impact on firms and financial markets. However, a great deal depends on the public’s reaction to the disease.... View Article

March 16, 2020

Block by Block: Strathcona Village, Vancouver, British Columbia

On-Site Magazine - Residential and light industrial functions combine in a Vancouver development modelled on stacked shipping containers................................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Women made small gains on job sites in 2019, but remain heavily outnumbered throughout construction

On-Site Magazine - Women in construction made significant strides in 2019, particularly in one of the areas they have been most underrepresented traditionally — job sites themselves................................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Four construction teams shortlisted for next stage of Toronto’s Union Station expansion

On-Site Magazine -  A quartet of construction consortia are through to the next stage of the procurement process for a major expansion project at Union Station in Toronto................................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

We need more women in the trades

On-Site Magazine -  Our province is on the brink of a serious shortage in skilled trades workers. In the third quarter of 2019, job vacancies in Canada in the industrial, electrical and construction trades were 51 per cent higher than they were four years earlier................................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Construction sheds 7,900 jobs in February, snapping three-month win streak

On-Site Magazine - Employers in Canada’s construction industry pumped the brakes on hiring in February after three-straight months of steady job gains.................................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

3D-printed houses completed for Austin’s homeless population

The Architect's Newpaper -  ICON, a robotics and advanced materials startup based in Austin, Texas, made headlines on the grounds of the 2018 South by Southwest Festival when it presented a prototype for a 3D-printed home created under 24 hours at a cost of $10,000...............................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

6 ideas for marketing your construction company

Construction Links Network -  When it comes to marketing for the construction industry, whether you’re building homes or doing B2B sales as a commercial construction company, you need to be promoting yourself through all marketing channels...............................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Contractor abruptly halts construction of new Branon school mid-build

Construction Links Network -  It’s no longer clear if a new school under construction in Brandon will be ready for kids this fall after the contractor abruptly walked off the job this week..............................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Pennsylvania woman accused of contractor fraud

Canadian Consulting Engineer -  York County (Pennsylvania) police recently filed multiple charges against Kristin Alexandra Riedle, 38, who is either the partner, co-owner or employee of Tom Thomas, who was jailed late last year..............................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

NRCan calls for building commissioning proposals

Canadian Consulting Engineer -  Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) office of energy efficiency is calling for proposals as it facilitates the development of a national framework for existing building commissioning (EBCx) programming.............................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Canadian Consulting Engineer helps celebrate Women In Construction

Canadian Consulting Engineer -  Canadian Consulting Engineer joins sister publications On-Site, Rock to Road and Crane & Hoist Canada in celebrating women in the construction industry with a special new website.............................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

CaGBC updates zero-carbon building standard

Canadian Consulting Engineer -  the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) launched Version 2 of its Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard. The update is intended to accelerate the adoption of ZCB practices, help Canada meet its climate-change targets and spur both innovation and job growth..............................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Appeal court confirms that payroll firm is a construction contractor

The Construction Index - A long-running battle between payroll services provider Hudson Contact Services and the Construction Industry Training Board appears to have ended in victory for the CITB.............................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Construction association battling Gatineau’s mandatory green roof bylaw

Construction Canada - The Association de la construction du Québec (ACQ) is fighting a new bylaw mandating green roofs of at least 20 per cent on all buildings over 2000 m2 (21,528 sf) in Gatineau, Qué............................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

5 Steps to Developing a Good Data Strategy

Construction Junkie - Forward-thinking construction firms have realized that harnessing that data can yield an incredibly powerful tool for increasing productivity, raising profits, improving the accuracy of your bids, spotting trouble before it occurs and more............................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

10 Essential Ways Contractors & Subs Must Respond to Coronavirus

Construct Connect - There is a life-threatening element to this new virus. It causes the disease COVID-19 and can affect important organ systems in both healthy and vulnerable patients. The many unknowns around the illness are leading to a stock market slump and less demand for new work................................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Trust translates to better financial, organizational performance for contractors, survey shows

Construction Dive -Construction companies that don't make trust a high priority within their organizations could be leaving millions of dollars on the table every year, according to a study released by Autodesk and management consultancy FMI Corp. this week.................................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Trust translates to better financial, organizational performance for contractors, survey shows

Construction Dive - Construction companies that don't make trust a high priority within their organizations could be leaving millions of dollars on the table every year, according to a study released by Autodesk and management consultancy FMI Corp. this week..................................................................Read Article

 

March 16, 2020

Morphosis designs high-tech headquarters for lululemon in Vancouver

The Architect's Newspaper - Morphosis has been tapped to design the new corporate home of lifestyle athletic wear retailer lululemon in Vancouver, Canada.................................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Canadian construction labour demand to intensify over short term

Contractor.ca - Employment in Canada’s construction and maintenance industry is anticipated to grow by 50,200 workers by 2029. The industry will need to recruit more than 307,000 workers over the decade to keep pace with demand.................................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

US construction spending up 1.8% in January to record level

Construction Links Network - Engineers from the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) have developed a futuristic twist on building bridges and demonstrated the technique for the first time in Austria last week.................................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Engineers unveil new futuristic bridge construction method

Construction Links Network - Engineers from the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) have developed a futuristic twist on building bridges and demonstrated the technique for the first time in Austria last week.................................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Skills Ontario celebrates International Women’s Day, continues to empower young women to pursue skilled trade and tech careers

Construction Links Network - This Sunday marks International Women’s Day, and Skills Ontario is proud to continue to support the movement for equality for women both inside and outside of the workplace.................................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Calling all building designers and contractors! How AI can improve your process

Construction Links Network - When it comes to construction projects, planning is everything — whether it’s a new hospital or an eight-unit condo.................................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Architectural events cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak

Construction Canada - As the worldwide number of people infected with the deadly coronavirus nears 90,000, some architectural and design events have been rescheduled or cancelled altogether due to the outbreak.................................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Ontario recognizes excellence in wood architecture

Construction Canada - The Canadian Wood Council’s Ontario WoodWorks program and the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) have recognized six winning projects as part of the Ontario Wood Design Awards program, which showcases excellence in wood architecture throughout the province................................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Awkward ceiling spaces causing delay? Try USG’s ceilings drywall suspension system

Construction Canada - Framing drywall ceilings in small or crowded spaces can be a real challenge without the right product, so it is important to understand your options for these types of jobs...............................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

KPMB Architect's new building for Boston University reaches for carbon neutrality

Archinect - Boston University's new Center for Computing and Data Sciences building is set to be the largest carbon-neutral building in Boston when completed...............................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Two Women for the First Time

New York Times - The Dublin-based architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara have practiced together for 40 years...............................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

National Building Code 2020 revisions will focus on energy-efficiency

Daily Commercial News - Important changes are coming to Canada’s National Building Code (NBC) by year end...NBC will be taking slightly different approaches for smaller versus larger structures...............................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Hamilton’s Woodward treatment plant upgrades massive in scope

Daily Commercial News - The largest single capital investment in Hamilton’s history is officially titled: The Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades..............................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Honeywell Launches Autonomous Building Sustainability Solution

Energy Manager Canada - The cloud-based, closed-loop, machine learning solution continuously studies a building's energy consumption patterns and automatically adjusts for optimal savings without compromising occupant comfort levels..............................................................Read Article

 

March 9, 2020

Construction prep getting underway for Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games

Daily Commercial News - The plan is to have all facilities required for the Games, namely the outdoor running track, beach volleyball courts and some of the interior of the Sport and Abilities Centre, ready in time for the start of competition.............................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

Coronavirus could hit construction supply chains next

Construction Links Canada - A clear picture of the global economic impact of the deadly coronavirus has begun to emerge, and U.S. real estate companies are monitoring how the crisis could play out on construction sites and in development pipelines.............................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

Statistics Canada – Investment in building construction edged up to $15.6 billion in December

Construction Links Canada - Statistics Canada reports that total investment in building construction edged up 0.5% from November to $15.6 billion in December, with gains in both the residential and non-residential sectors.............................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

Almost-built New York tower could lose 20 floors

Construction Canada - In an astonishing decision, a New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled that as many as 20 floors or more must be taken out from the top of the almost-complete 200 Amsterdam Avenue tower in Manhattan.............................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

FM RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT’S IMMIGRATION PROPOSALS

Facilitate Magazine - The government unveiled the Australian-style points system as an opportunity to take “full control” of British borders and create “a high wage, high-skill, high productivity economy”............................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

How the Architecture Industry Is Reacting to Climate Change

Architectural Digest - When it comes to climate change, building construction is a major culprit. According to the 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme, the building and construction sector accounted for 36 percent of final energy use and 39 percent of energy and process-related CO2 emissions in 2018............................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

Norway will demolish Picasso-clad Oslo office building

The Architect's Newspaper - After several years of delay, officials have announced that they will begin razing a 51-year-old governmental office building in Oslo that suffered damage in 2011 when a car bomb rocked the Norwegian capital’s Regjeringskvartalet district...........................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

Construction nearly double size of official figures

Construction Equirer - The construction industry is nearly double the scale and importance to the UK economy than recorded in official figures...........................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

Cellphones negatively affecting jobsite productivity, safety

Construction Dive - When managers at Camarata Masonry Systems in Houston recently had suspicions that phones were contributing to safety issues and a lack of productivity on jobsites, one of the company's superintendents decided to test out the theory...........................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

MoDus Architects wraps Bressanone tourist office around a tree

DeZeen - The TreeHugger tourist information office in Bressanone, northern Italy, features smooth concrete walls that curve around the trunk of a tree..........................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

Help Your Tenants Combat Package Piracy With These 4 Steps

Multifamily Insiders - According to a Security.org survey, about 38% of people have had packages stolen from outside their homes. As online shopping continues to grow at a breakneck pace, this figure will only increase..........................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

DIALOG Announces Canada's First Zero-Carbon, Mass Timber Higher-Education Building

Arch Daily - Centennial College, Ontario's first public college, has collaborated with DIALOG, Smoke Architecture, and EllisDon to design and build the first zero-carbon, mass timber higher-education building in the country.........................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

Alison Brooks Architects unveils brick archways on London apartments

Dezeen - Red brick archways define the lower and topmost levels of Cadence, a housingdevelopment designed by Alison Brooks Architects next to Coal Drops Yard at King's Cross, London........................................................Read Article

 

March 2, 2020

Your Building’s Shadow Economy is Creating Real Liabilities

Multifamily Insiders - It’s taboo to be critical of our residents, but the reality is residents create logistical challenges every day for properties by just living their lives.......................................................Read Article

 

February 24, 2020

New OPCMA contract provisions designed to promote fairness, stronger market for manufactured precast concrete

Daily Commercial News - The Ontario Precast Concrete Manufacturers’ Association (OPCMA) has published provisions for a new model contract to be used between construction contractors and its member companies.......................................................Read Article

 

February 24, 2020

Hydro Systems Improves Laundry Process
Facility Executive - Hydro Systems introduced its Hydro Connect Real-Time Module. When paired with a Real-Time Module, Hydro Connect offers instant data streaming to further improve the laundry process.......................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

Mind the labour gap: Construction industry needs to recruit 307,000 workers over next decade
On-site Magazine- The construction labour gap isn’t getting much narrower. The impending retirement of a generation of workers and continued growth in the industry mean employers will need to coax more than 300,000 Canadians into lacing up steel toes over next decade to keep pace with demand......................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada and Trend Graph - January 2020
Daily Commercial News- The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in January 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts.....................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

Has the wooden skyscraper revolution finally arrived?
Construction Links Network - Surrounded by farmland and with a population of under 10,000 people, the Norwegian town of Brumunddal might seem like an unlikely setting for a record-breaking high-rise....................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

Concordia University leads the construction industry’s digital transformation
Construction Links Network - Using sensing technologies, big data and deep learning, among other things, and the results could revitalize our cities’ infrastructure — roads, water, power — and the way it’s managed...................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

Ontario construction grapples with workforce shortages
Daily Commercial News- Ontario construction stakeholders are calling for stepped-up collaboration across the board to meet the labour force demands in the sector over the next decade.....................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

Construction faces growing cyber security challenges
Daily Commercial News-Hackers are no longer focusing their efforts on breaching technology, but instead focusing on the softer target of people and processes, cyber experts say.....................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

Sidewalk Labs tests possibilities for timber construction with 35-storey Proto-Model

Construction Links Network - Sidewalk Labs, the architecture and urbanism arm of Google parent company Alphabet, has unveiled a digital model for what would be the world’s tallest mass-timber building, reaching 35 storeys..................................................Read Article

 

February 24, 2020

Construction activity can signal when credit booms go wrong
Construction Links Network - In Spain, private sector credit as a share of GDP almost doubled between 2000 and 2007. This increase was accompanied by a boom in housing prices – which doubled in real terms over the same period. The economy as a whole also grew at a record pace..................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

Canada’s tallest residential tower revealed for downtown Toronto
The Architect's Newspaper - Hariri Pontarini Architects has revealed what’s set to become Canada’s tallest residential tower at just over 1,027 feet tall. Slated for downtown Toronto...................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

IwamotoScott Architecture is designing Ivy Tech Community College’s new campus building
The Architect's Newspaper - For over 65 years, the Cummins Foundation has made the small city of Columbus, Indiana, one of the foremost architecture destinations in America. Columbus welcomes an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 visitors each year (nearly equal to the town’s resident population) to see and experience ...................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

High BIM usage reaps multiple benefits for contractors, study shows
HPAC Magazine - A new study released by Dodge Data & Analytics shows that most mechanical contractors that use BIM experience benefits such as improved cost and schedule performance, lower labour costs and greater productivity....................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

High BIM usage reaps multiple benefits for contractors, study shows
A new study released by Dodge Data & Analytics shows that most mechanical contractors that use BIM experience benefits such as improved cost and schedule performance, lower labour costs and greater productivity....................................................Read Article

February 24, 2020

2020 AHR Expo showcases tools for improving building operations

Canadian Consulting Engineer - Last week’s three-day AHR Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., drew more than 50,000 attendees, from more than 160 countries, to check out 506,090 sf of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC+R) products from more than than 1,900 companies, including 295 first-time exhibitors...................................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

The growing importance of the Building Envelope Specialist

Daily Commercial News - A new player is gaining prominence on construction projects across the country; the Building Envelope Specialist (BES). Their increasing impact on designers, contractors, owners and developers is very much a function of a regulatory environment that sees Canada moving towards higher levels of energy-efficiency and durability by 2030..................................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Buildex Vancouver explores new building methods and materials

Journal of Commerce - Despite its well-known attachment to tradition and custom, the Canadian construction industry is slowly changing how it thinks about and does things.................................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Developer reveals proposed Vancouver tower design

Journal of Commerce - Vancouver’s downtown could be getting a new tower. Cadillac Fairview announced it has submitted a development permit application for its proposed office tower, The Crystal at Waterfront Square, which will be located at 555 West Cordova................................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Homes for Heroes tackling veteran homelessness with clever construction

Journal of Commerce - Thousands of Canadian veterans are homeless or without stable housing. Homes for Heroes, a charity, is trying to use construction and urban design to solve the problem...............................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Pre-apprenticeship trades funding announced

Daily Commerical News - Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton visited three Ontario colleges recently to announce pre-apprenticeship funding for select skilled-trades training programs..............................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Canadian construction labour demand to intensify in short term

Daily Commerical News - The outlook for the Canadian construction industry is strong for the coming decade but labour demand will intensify over the short term as retirements increase, according to BuildForce Canada’s recently released national labour market forecast.............................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Safety blitz inspections target PPE compliance

Daily Commerical News - The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has announced the launch of worksite inspections focused on personal protective equipment (PPE).......................................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Potential CRD waste reforms called ‘business opportunity’

DailyCommerical News - Ontario’s construction-waste rules are set to change, and one Toronto environmental lawyer predicts the reforms will introduce market-style opportunities that the construction sector can profit from..........................................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

2019 sees continued strong performance at Volvo Construction Equipment

Construction Links Network - Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) gave a strong performance in 2019, delivering another record set of annual financial results and growing market share in the world’s largest construction market, China.........................................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Researchers create live brick that can self-heal and reduce CO2

Construction Canada - University of Colorado (CU) Boulder researchers have developed a new approach to designing more sustainable buildings with the help of bacteria.........................................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Alberta first to permit 12-storey wood buildings province-wide

Construction Canada - The Government of Alberta is the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow wood-building construction for up to 12 storeys.Alberta will be the first in Canada to allow the practice province-wide........................................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Design unveiled for Ottawa’s OPL-LAC joint facility

Canadian Consulting Engineer - A ceremony last week revealed the design for the new Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) joint facility, which is scheduled to go to tender at the end of this year and eventually open in 2024........................................................Read Article

February 17, 2020

Pickering casino construction close to completion

Daily Commercial News - Construction of a large Las Vegas-style casino on a sprawling parcel of property in the east end of the City of Pickering is moving along and should be completed by spring.......................................................Read Article

February 10, 2020

Safety blitz inspections target PPE compliance

Daily Commerical News - The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has announced the launch of worksite inspections focused on personal protective equipment (PPE).......................................................Read Article

February 10, 2020

Strongco Corporation to be Acquired for $193 Million

Equipment Journal - TStrongco Corporation and Nors, S.A. have announced that they have entered into definitive arrangement agreement pursuant to which the Portuguese company will acquire Strongco......................................................Read Article

February 10, 2020

LMN Architects designs daring new Ocean Pavilion for the Seattle Aquarium

The Architect's Newspaper - Seattle‘s tightly packed Pike Place Market district is abuzz with tourists seeking all things unique to the culture of the Pacific Northwest....................................................Read Article

February 10, 2020

Huge development with 37 separate towers planned for downtown Mississauga, Ont..

On-Site Magazine - Two big-name developers are planning a massive mixed-use development centred on the Square One shopping mall in downtown Mississauga, Ont...........................................................Read Article

February 10, 2020

‘Landmark’ Ottawa library inches toward construction as design revealed

On-Site Magazine - A joint federal-municipal library project in Ottawa is one step closer to shovel ready. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna, among other officials, revealed the design Jan. 23 for the major new project expected to cost $192.9 million..........................................................Read Article

February 10, 2020

Students learn trades as skilled trades workers in demand across Ontario

Construction Links Network - The ongoing shortage of skilled trades workers across the county continues to have an effect on a number of major construction projects.........................................................Read Article

February 10, 2020

Construction project in Toronto incorporates low carbon heating and cooling

Construction Links Network - The company that made an international splash by air conditioning downtown Toronto without air conditioners has more energy-saving innovations in the works........................................................Read Article

February 10, 2020

12 architecturally interesting developments coming to Vancouver

Construction Links Network - Vancouver House, Westbank’s 52-storey luxury residential tower, designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of the firm BIG, is largely finished at the north end of Granville Bridge. The first phase of residential occupancy is complete.......................................................Read Article

February 10, 2020

Prince George building boom reaches record levels

Journal of Commerce - Prince George is in the midst of a building boom unlike anything the city has ever seen – and indications are that the trend will continue......................................................Read Article

February 10, 2020

Diamond Schmitt’s difficult Mariinsky build featured at film fest

Daily Commercial News - Diamond Schmitt decided on syncopated vertical exterior fenestration for the New Mariinsky Theatre in keeping with the streetscape of the neighbouring community in St. Petersburg, Russia.....................................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

James Carpenter Design Associates lets the light into Nordstrom with gargantuan double-curved glass panels

The Architect's Newspaper - Over the last four decades, James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) has been a pioneer in advanced glass installations and facade design, with projects ranging from the Museum at the St. Louis’ Gateway Arch to the Fulton Center Sky Reflector Net......................................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

Nova Scotia Launches Design Competition for New Art Gallery

Canadian Architect - In April 2019, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $30 million in the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia project through the New Building Canada Fund......................................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

Architects apply the latest in fabrication, design, and visualization to age-old timber

The Architect's Newspaper - Every so often, the field of architecture is presented with what is hailed as the next “miracle building material.".....................................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

Largest all-glass structure in Canada

Canadian Architect - The Place Ville Marie is located in the heart of Montréal directly adjacent to the Boulevard René-Lévesque. This large central square includes an entrance leading directly to an underground food and shopping mall.......................................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

After 8-day construction, new Wuhan hospital ready to receive patients

The Straights Times - Built in just eight days, a Chinese hospital dedicated to treating people infected with a new coronavirus in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, will begin to receive patients on Monday (Feb 3), state media said......................................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

Workplace interventions key to worker mental well-being, study finds

Worker's Health and Safety Centre - SA recent study adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting better psychosocial working conditions can positively impact the mental health of workers.....................................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

Lair puts a spotlight on the homes of famous movie villains

The Architect's Newspaper - Bad people don’t always have good taste, but when they do, their homes are the stuff of architecture history...............................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

Pelli Clarke Pelli’s massive South Station tower will finally begin construction

The Architect Newspaper - After more than a decade, developers of a 2.75-million-square-foot air rights complex are aiming to begin construction this month atop Boston’s historic South Station..............................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

Local MPP Monte McNaughton, Ontario labour minister, eyes skilled trades as 2020 top priority

The Chatham Daily News - Tackling the critical shortage of skilled tradespeople in Ontario is the top priority of Monte McNaughton, the province’s labour minister, for 2020.............................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

2020 New Year’s Resolutions for Landlords And PMs

RENTEC DIRECT - New Year’s Day may not be here yet, but it’s already time to step back and create your business and personal goals for the new year. If you’re in the market for some new year’s resolutions, here are some great tips to bring success in 2020.............................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

10 Common OSHA Violations In Manufacturing And How to Avoid Then

Akita Box - Workplace safety is a top priority for manufacturing plants. Injuries not only harm company productivity and reputation; they can also lead to hefty fines, lawsuits and months of headaches. The last thing any shift supervisor wants to see is anyone get hurt and the “Days Without Incident" poster reset to zero..........................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

How Businesses are Coping with the Skilled Labor Shortage

Service Channel - The strong US economy has created a white-hot labor market across both white and blue collar jobs. More than seven million jobs went unfilled in the United States this month – yet the labor participation remains under six million workers...........................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid in the Work Order Management Process

Service Channel - Facilities managers know how complicated the nature of their job can be. Between having to manage tens, hundreds or even thousands of locations, managing hundreds of partners (internal and external), and striving to meet everyone’s expectations of what facilities should be – pristine, high-functioning, safe, and up to brand standards – it can be a lot to juggle............................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

2020 New Year’s Resolutions for Landlords And PMs

RENTEC DIRECT - New Year’s Day may not be here yet, but it’s already time to step back and create your business and personal goals for the new year. If you’re in the market for some new year’s resolutions, here are some great tips to bring success in 2020.............................................Read Article

February 3, 2020

Toronto university proposes 10-storey graduate residence

Construction Canada - The University of Toronto (U of T), Ont., has unveiled plans for a 10-storey building to provide housing for more than 200 graduate students and expand living, social, and study spaces on its St. George campus..........................................Read Article

January 27, 2020

Safety inspections enter the digital realm - PCL’s new HSE Hazard Safety Inspection app delivers on the promise of artificial intelligence

Daily Commercial News - Imagine a safety inspection app so powerful that it can tell the difference between an image of a construction worker wearing a properly secured safety harness and one that isn’t — and then identify exactly which company health and safety policy that the incident involves..........................................Read Article

January 27, 2020

2020 National Building Code proposes encapsulated mass timber construction

Daily Commercial News - Mass timber construction (MTC) in Canada is putting pressure on building codes to keep pace with the increased interest to build higher with wood.........................................Read Article

January 27, 2020

Construction industry touched by Iranian plane tragedy

Daily Commercial News - Among the Canadians killed in a downed plane in Iran are several members of the construction community. All 176 people on board Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752 were killed near Tehran shortly after takeoff on Jan. 8. Sixty-three of them were Canadians........................................Read Article

January 27, 2020

Resolute investing in new Quebec plant construction

Daily Commercial News - Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced it will construct a commercial plant specializing in the production of cellulose filaments at its Kenogami paper mill in Quebec as well as investing in upgrades to the mill, at a total cost of $38 million.......................................Read Article

January 27, 2020

Hotel developers are pushing this Lego-like construction trend

Construction Links Network - Modular construction is something like Legos — and hotel developers can’t get enough of the new building trend. Built section-by-section in a factory, hotel units are shipped to a site and stacked, sometimes practically overnight. Hotel developers are pushing the high-speed, low-cost construction process so fast that suppliers can’t keep up and fill orders......................................Read Article

January 27, 2020

P.E.I. born architect leaving his mark around the world

Construction Links Network - Dwayne MacEwen began building homes on the Island as a child with his dad. Now, the 54-year-old former P.E.I. resident is making architectural waves around the world.....................................Read Article

January 27, 2020

Could drones help ease Canada’s construction worker shortage?

Construction Links Network - An aging construction workforce and a shortage of workers has some businesses looking to drones to help fill the gaps in Canada’s labour force, and help them do their work faster and with fewer people......................................Read Article

January 27, 2020

Mass timber adoption rises as B.C. builders look for speed and sustainability

Construction Links Network - With its expertise in cross-laminated timbers, it welcomed changes in the B.C. Building Code last March allowing for mass-timber construction in buildings of up to 12 storeys. Canada’s national building code will adopt similar rules this year.....................................Read Article

January 27, 2020

CIBC celebrates milestone as final phase of construction underway at CIBC SQUARE in Toronto

Building - Representatives from CIBC, EllisDon, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines raised a ceremonial last steel beam at 81 Bay Street. The event marks the final phase of construction for the first of two office buildings that will become CIBC SQUARE, a landmark commercial campus in the heart of downtown Toronto....................................Read Article

January 27, 2020

A look at the world’s largest 3D-printed house

SQ4D has completed construction of the world’s largest permitted 3D printed home. The home is 1900 square feet and took only forty eight hours of print time, over an eight day period. The home was entirely printed and built onsite using less than $6000 in materials. Future print-time is expected to be cut in half on their next projects, due to ARCS enhancements implemented post construction...................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

Bombardier building 1 million square foot facility in Mississauga

Construction Links Network - Bombardier is planning to build a one million square foot global manufacturing center in the city of Mississauga that will have the capacity to build up to 100 aircraft per year and support thousands of jobs. The 41.2 acre facility will be located on Toronto Pearson Lands per Business Facilities....................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

Things are Looking Up: Union Station Food Court, Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Architect - The new food court of Toronto’s Union Station features multi-functional, space-age ceiling pods, whose design was led by Toronto studio PARTISANS. Architect Alex Josephson tells Canadian Architect how his upstart firm landed a role in the renovation of Canada’s busiest transit hub....................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

What Property Managers Should Know About the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program

Appfolio - With a national shortage of more than 7 million affordable rental homes for low-income families, there is a significant need for investors and property managers to focus their attention on new affordable housing projects that will serve those who need it most.....................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

Facility Management Prioritizes Employee Health And Wellness

Facility Executive - New Facility Management Trends & Insights survey from CORT reveals that employee health and wellness is top-of-mind as facilities continue to explore flexible workspace..................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

What Property Managers Should Know About the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program

Appfolio - With a national shortage of more than 7 million affordable rental homes for low-income families, there is a significant need for investors and property managers to focus their attention on new affordable housing projects that will serve those who need it most.....................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

5 Ways To Reduce The Risk of Water Stains on Stone

Granite Gold - If Roman builders had access to the chemical solvents and compounds used today, they would have certainly used them to protect their elaborate natural-stone creations. These days, entire shower stalls can be decorated with marble tiles, and here are the steps you can take to prevent water stains..................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

Benefits of LED Technology in Industrial Facilities

Facility Executive - LEDs reduce the environmental impact of industrial facility lighting and offer a host of other benefits..................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

The Benefits of Switching to Top-Ranking Property Management Software

Appfolio - More and more businesses are shifting to modern tools to drive efficiency and success. In a recent study conducted by AppFolio in partnership with John Burns Real Estate Consulting, 77.7% of property managers reported that they are open to adopting new technology in their business....................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

ASHRAE Breaks Ground On Global HQ Renovation Project

Facility Executive - The two-story, 66,700 square-foot building in Peachtree Corners, GA will showcase ASHRAE's best practices and help achieve its vision of a healthy and sustainable environment..................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

How to Find and Keep Property Management Employees With the Skills You Need

Appfolio - In recent survey overall, the industry is struggling with issues related to people & processes. 4 out of 5 of the top answers had to do with employee hiring, training, or retention......................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

Top 5 Tools for Managing Renovations

Multifamily Insiders - Real Estate portfolios strive to increase asset value by pursuing renovations and other strategies. Yet the tools available to manage such strategies haven’t changed dramatically even as technology has continued to evolve...................................Read Article

January 20, 2020

Three Hidden Risks In Your RFPs

Facility Executive - Avoid these three risks inherent to the common Request for Proposal (RFP) process that could be costing you money, time, and occupant satisfaction..................................Read Article

January 13, 2020

Financing Solutions For Smarter Building Upgrades

Facility Executive - Facility managers across sectors and building types are continuously working towards optimizing safety, efficiency, environmental footprint, and occupant experience.................................Read Article

January 13, 2020

Five Reasons Why Unit Amenities May Be Harder Than You Think

Multi-family Insiders - Unit amenities are a simple concept, at least in theory. However, experience shows that the practice is a lot more challenging. So, let’s explore a few of the reasons that finding missing amenities is more difficult in practice than in theory.................................Read Article

January 13, 2020

The mobile Advantage Resident Satisfaction with Mobile APPS

Yardi - Your resident portal is a convenient and secure connection to your renters. While some renters like to access the resident portal via computer, studies show that most renters prefer to use a mobile app. If your current resident portal doesn’t offer a robust mobile option, you’re missing out on three key points for resident satisfaction.................................Read Article

January 13, 2020

Employers need new way to communicate with millennials to solve construction trades shortage issue

Ontario Construction News - Employers in the construction sector need to find new ways to talk to millennials if they are going to solve a looming skilled trades shortage, says a new government report................................Read Article

January 13, 2020

As the Climate Changes, Architects and Engineers Need to Design Buildings Differently

 As the Climate Changes, Architects and Engineers Need to Design Buildings Differently Canadian Architect- buildings consume a lot of energy, which accelerates climate change. Organizations like Architecture 2030, a professional alliance that promotes sustainable design, point out that buildings contribute nearly 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and are an important target for carbon reduction programs...............................Read Article

January 13, 2020

NYC to require ‘bird-friendly’ glass on new construction

 Construction Links Network- New York City lawmakers are poised to adopt legislation requiring “bird-friendly” glass on all new construction in an effort to cut down on the tens of thousands of birds who die flying into the city’s buildings every year...............................Read Article

January 7 2020

Year-long construction to begin on Richmond Street in downtown Toronto

 Global News- Long-term roadwork is set to begin on Richmond Street in downtown Toronto this week, adding to a
number of lane restrictions across the city..............................Read Article

January 7, 2020

Developers, hospitals and universities pledge to work with City of Toronto to fight climate change

GTA Construction Report- Developers, hospitals and universities are pledging to work with the City of Toronto to
fight climate change by reducing their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.............................Read Article

January 7, 2020

How Toronto’s Bespoke Metrics is standardizing data and helping to de-risk construction

On-Site- Like competitors in most industries, general contractors aren’t particularly good at sharing. Whether it’s facing off over a major contract, competing to attract the most promising talent, or striving to be the first to adopt a new technology, rivalries can be fierce................................................ Read Article

January 7, 2019

New group aims to get more women involved in construction on P.E.I

Construction Links Network - A new committee aimed at getting more women working in construction on P.E.I. met for the first time Tuesday. The 10-member committee, mostly made up of women who work in the industry, was formed by the Construction Association of P.E.I................................................ Read Article

January 7, 2019

Hydro-Québec forces 250 workers to leave dam site, citing safety concerns

Construction Links Network- As reported on CBC News, work has stopped at the construction site for the Romaine-4 hydroelectric dam on Quebec’s North Shore after Hydro-Québec forced 250 workers to leave Tuesday, citing health and safety concerns............................................... Read Article

January 7, 2019

Brown and Caldwell picked to design Derry Township’s waste-to-energy improvements

Daily Commercial News- Environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell have been selected by the Derry Township Municipal Authority (DTMA) to design energy efficiency improvements at its Clearwater Road Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF).............................................. Read Article

January 7, 2019

The Unignorable Tower Brings Attention to Poverty in Toronto

Canadian Architect- KPMB Architects, along with the United Way, Norm Li Studio and TAXI, are bringing attention to the size and scale of poverty in Toronto by visualizing a tower big enough to house the 116,000+ individuals and families in need............................................. Read Article

December 9, 2019

Educating Designers on Computational Design and Robotics Can Make Architecture and Construction More Sustainable

Archdaily- Design by Data trains professionals to master advanced design tools (coding, algorithmic approach, artificial intelligence) as well as digital manufacturing and design processes (robotics, 3D printing, electronics and mechatronics) and apply them to architectural and construction projects............................................ Read Article

December 9, 2019

Hacker Architects reveals the U.S.'s next largest mass timber office building, in San Francisco

The Architects Newspaper- San Francisco is readying itself to house the largest mass timber office building in the United States as part of a 28-acre development on its historic Pier 70........................................... Read Article

December 9, 2019

Mobile Crane Simulator Training Pack Features Tandem Lift Simulation

T & D World- CM Labs Simulations will introduce a new training pack--the industry's first simulated mobile crane tandem lift exercise--at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Expo next month......................................... Read Article

December 9, 2019

Niagara Falls council approves 72-storey build

Daily Commercial News- Niagara Falls city council has given approval for the development of a landmark 72-storey, mixed-use building with 456 hotel units and 275 dwelling units on Stanley Avenue........................................ Read Article

December 9, 2019

CISC’s Quebec Region celebrates excellence in steel construction

Canadian Consulting Engineer- The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction’s (CISC’s) Quebec Region handed out its 21st annual Steel Awards for Excellence in Steel Construction at Montreal’s Windsor Hotel........................................ Read Article

December 9, 2019

Downtown Winnipeg medical office tower transforming into homes

Western Investor - A downtown Winnipeg office building that used to be home to more than 150 doctors is in the process of being transformed into a mixed-use, residential-heavy facility....................................... Read Article

December 9, 2019

Developers thinking bigger to catch Alberta’s fresh momentum

Western Investor- Massive multimillion-dollar projects in Edmonton and Calgary set stage for heady development pace heading into 2020...................................... Read Article

December 2, 2019

Ministry of Labour to conduct safety blitzes at Ontario construction sites early next year

On-Site- Ontario Ministry of Labour staff will be hitting construction sites early next year looking to ensure workplaces are up to code when it comes to personal protective equipment (PPE)..................................... Read Article

December 2, 2019

MRA revamps corporate identity and mission statement

Canadian Consulting Engineer- Martin Roy et Associés (MRA), a consulting engineering firm headquartered in Deux-Montagnes, Que., has revamped its corporate identity and mission statement to focus on ‘carbon-neutral’ buildings and transportation.................................... Read Article

December 2, 2019

Sidewalk Labs and Plaza Ventures planning Toronto-based venture fund focused on smart-city technology

Construction Links Network- Sidewalk Labs and Plaza Ventures plan to launch a venture capital fund focused on smart-city technology, The Logic has learned. Expected to be between $20 million and $30 million, it would focus on high-risk investments in early-stage companies with the goal of establishing Toronto as a “global centre” for smart-city tech................................... Read Article

December 2, 2019

Aurora Cannabis pauses construction projects to ‘strengthen’ its balance sheet

Daily Commercial News- Canadian cannabis producer Aurora Cannabis is suspending construction on its Alberta and Denmark facilities in order to “strengthen its balance sheet” after poor financial performance................................... Read Article

December 2, 2019

MU Architecture proposes paleo-futuristic tower in Québec

Construction Canada- MU Architecture proposes a new way of inhabiting and occupying a space with the Pekuliari project, a 200-m (656-ft) tower that stands in the heart of the vast forest of Outaouais, Qué.................................. Read Article

December 2, 2019

The CCA presents Building a new New World: Amerikanizm in Russian Architecture

Canadian Architect- The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents Building a new New World: Amerikanizm in Russian Architecture, an exhibition that investigates how architectural practices in the USA influenced those in Russia, bracketed broadly by the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991................................. Read Article

December 2, 2019

"High-tech is ever edging away from its ecological and humanistic roots"

Dezeen- High-tech architecture has strayed far from its environmentally conscientious beginnings, but could rise again if it returns to them, writes Phineas Harper................................ Read Article

December 2, 2019

Top 10 major upcoming Private and Government Office Building construction projects - Canada - November 2019

Daily Commercial News- Top 10 major upcoming Private and Government Office Building construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations............................... Read Article

December 2, 2019

Halifax’s Tribute Tower, built to resist progressive collapse, earns LEED Silver

Canadian Consulting Engineer- The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) new Tribute Tower project for Stadacona at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification earlier this year............................... Read Article

December 2, 2019

Final phase prep work begins on massive Fort Chipewyan off-grid solar farm

Journal of Commerce- Preparations have begun for construction of the final phase of Canada’s largest off-grid solar farm, a 7,500-panel, 2.6-megawatt project on 6.5 hectares in the northern Alberta community of Fort Chipewyan............................... Read Article

December 2, 2019

Itagres Offers Fast-Track-Product-Development Porcelain Tile for U.S. and Canada

TILE- Itagres, one of the major and most progressive Brazilian manufacturers of porcelain tile, recently developed a highly specialized program to reduce the time to introduce new products into the marketplace.............................. Read Article

November 25, 2019

Managing data and people key to future growth: Panel

Journal of Commerce- A panel of construction owners and experts see potential and pitfalls in the construction industry’s future when dealing with less people and more data............................. Read Article

November 25, 2019

Global Modular and Prefabricated Building Market Set for Robust CAGR of 6.3% from 2018 to 2025

Cision- Labour costs and increasing construction timelines are pushing the adoption of prefabricated and modular buildings across the globe............................ Read Article

November 25, 2019

CEO Deron Brown's building background informs PCL expansion

Denver Business Journal- PCL Construction President and Chief Operating Officer Deron Brown took his position guiding the firm’s U.S. strategic direction in November 2018 and has already led in the securing of nearly $3 billion in new work. He’s also overseen the opening of offices in Florida and California, aiming to develop relationships with companies like Disney........................... Read Article

November 25, 2019

Sweeny & Co Architects To Design McMaster’s DeGroote School Of Business Addition

Building- Sweeny & Co Architects has been selected to design the McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery, a new addition to the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.The nine-storey building will include state-of-the-art classrooms, student meeting and collaboration space, as well as interactive technology.......................... Read Article

November 25, 2019

MU Architecture proposes paleo-futuristic tower in Québec

Construction Canada- MU Architecture proposes a new way of inhabiting and occupying a space with the Pekuliari project, a 200-m (656-ft) tower that stands in the heart of the vast forest of Outaouais, Qué......................... Read Article

November 25, 2019

The CCA presents Building a new New World: Amerikanizm in Russian Architecture

Canadian Architect- The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents Building a new New World: Amerikanizm in Russian Architecture, an exhibition that investigates how architectural practices in the USA influenced those in Russia, bracketed broadly by the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991........................ Read Article

November 25, 2019

"High-tech is ever edging away from its ecological and humanistic roots"

Dezeen- High-tech architecture has strayed far from its environmentally conscientious beginnings, but could rise again if it returns to them, writes Phineas Harper....................... Read Article

November 25, 2019

Top 10 major upcoming Private and Government Office Building construction projects - Canada - November 2019

Daily Commercial News- Top 10 major upcoming Private and Government Office Building construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations...................... Read Article

November 25, 2019

Halifax’s Tribute Tower, built to resist progressive collapse, earns LEED Silver

Canadian Consulting Engineer- The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) new Tribute Tower project for Stadacona at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification earlier this year..................... Read Article

November 25, 2019

Final phase prep work begins on massive Fort Chipewyan off-grid solar farm

Journal of Commerce- Preparations have begun for construction of the final phase of Canada’s largest off-grid solar farm, a 7,500-panel, 2.6-megawatt project on 6.5 hectares in the northern Alberta community of Fort Chipewyan.................... Read Article

November 25, 2019

B+H Conversations get talking about aging tower conversions in Toronto
Daily Commercial News- Following up on an event earlier this year, B+H Architects recently partnered with Menkes Developments Ltd. to present the second installment in a series called B+H Conversations..................... Read Article 

November 25, 2019

Itagres Offers Fast-Track-Product-Development Porcelain Tile for U.S. and Canada

TILE-  Itagres,.one of the major and most progressive Brazilian manufacturers of porcelain
tile, recently developed a highly specialized program to reduce the time to
introduce new products into the marketplace................... Read Article

November 20, 2019

Quebec’s GSR automates and standardizes decontamination work

Canadian Consulting Engineer- GSR Construction Decontamination of Sorel, Que., has brought over established technology from Europe that it explains is new to the local market. Specifically, it says it is the first company in Quebec to acquire a Brokk robot and BCP 250 Planner, which can level internal partitions and even ceilings at contaminated sites, without requiring full demolition...................Read Article

November 20, 2019

RenoRun Secures $22.5 Million in Series A Funding to Redefine Construction Material Delivery

Canadian Contractor- "Startup brings ease of materials delivery to professional builders". Through a builder-friendly app, RenoRun saves contractors time and money by planning, sourcing and delivering scheduled or just-in-time building supplies and materials in less than two hours directly to the jobsite..................Read Article

November 20, 2019

How technology can help the construction industry overcome staffing challenges

Construction Links Network- Focusing in on the labor shortage problem, 80% of residential contractors and over 50% of commercial contractors reported difficulty filling craft worker positions in 2018, according to two separate surveys. With unemployment at a 50-year low, contractors are facing the most difficult hiring conditions in more than a generation.................Read Article

November 20, 2019

Procurement Perspectives: How best to monitor contractor performance fairly?

Daily Commercial News- Monitoring of supplier/contractor performance is the latest rage, both in the public and private sectors. Done properly, it is a great tool to assess how to work with certain suppliers moving forward. Done poorly, it can destroy the reputation of good contractors, and unfairly promote the work of subpar suppliers.................Read Article

November 20, 2019

Step Up to Imaginative Staircase Design for Your New Home or Whole Home Remodel

Jackson Design and Remodeling- A staircase design is one of the first elements of your home visitors will see and, as one of the most frequently traveled areas, uniquely balances functionality and style. Skillful staircase remodeling balances practical considerations such as durability and safety with innovative, appealing design. Here are some ideas for staircase design in your whole home remodel or new home.................Read Article

November 20, 2019

Three Projects Show Spanish Tile’s Wide Range

Metropolis- A hotel, a restaurant, and an office building show how Spanish tile can bring classic style and high performance to any space. While it’s true that few materials as ancient as ceramic tile have been so revolutionized by technology, with modern stamping, printing, and firing processes making high performance products available in an extremely wide range of styles.................Read Article

November 20, 2019

PCL Tops Off KingSett’s 700 Bay at Gerrard

PCL Construction- Concrete structure completed on new residential tower and overbuild project with expanded amenities. On October 24, 2019 representatives from KingSett Capital and PCL Construction gathered to celebrate completion of 700 Bay’s concrete structure with the workforce that are making the residential addition and renovation a reality.................Read Article

November 20, 2019

Pre-construction work gets underway for Hamilton LRT

Daily Commercial News- More than four years after the province of Ontario announced up to $1 billion to build a light-rail transit line in Hamilton, the first sign of construction is visible..................Read Article

November 20, 2019

Pharrell Williams is helping design condo towers in midtown Toronto

CTV News- Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties have unveiled plans for a new two-tower residential development to be built at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto with design participation from music star Pharrell Williams....................Read Article

November 20, 2019

Selecting the right method for underground utilities

EquipmentJournal- Whether an underground utilities crew is installing fibre optic, conduit, cable, electrical, gas or water lines, choosing the right installation method is imperative to helping maximize productivity. While estimating a project, contractors should ask themselves, “what’s the right installation method for this project?”...................Read Article

November 20, 2019

Dutch construction workers protest environmental rules

CityNews- Thousands of Dutch construction workers are protesting restrictions they say are crippling their industry, the latest large-scale demonstration against the government’s environmental policies...................Read Article

November 12, 2019

Residential sales across B.C. to rise 10.9% in 2020: BCREA

Business Vancouver – After what is expected to be a weak 2019 overall, with sales down 1.8 per cent from 2018, residential resale transactions in B.C. are predicted to recover significantly in 2020, according to a November 6 B.C. Real Estate Association forecast...................Read Article

November 12, 2019

Tarion to add condo cancellation warnings to purchase agreements

The Star – Ontario homebuilder regulator Tarion is adding a new form to pre-construction condo purchase agreements that it says will help alert consumers to the risk that a project may never be completed...................Read Article

November 12, 2019

Audit finds home warranty corporation Tarion favours builders over homeowners

CTV News – Ontario's auditor general says the corporation that enforces warranties on new homes has favoured the interests of builders over homeowners...................Read Article

November 12, 2019

Canadian mid-century towers can have a high-performance future

Daily Commercial News – Mid-century residential towers — ubiquitous in many cities across Canada — have been “the backbone of our (public and private) affordable housing system” and can continue that path with the right approach to renewal....................Read Article

November 12, 2019

Basalt Just May Be the Magic Floor Material

House Beautiful – When San Francisco-based designer Catherine Kwong designed a Hawaiian vacation retreat for a family with minimalist taste, she decided to keep things simple by using the same flooring material throughout the entire house: basalt...................Read Article

November 12, 2019

Apartment equipped with ‘mobile shell’ that stores solar radiation

Daily Commercial News – When Austrian architect Anton Falkeis met with a client for the design of a residential building in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, a few years ago he was “told to create something pretty new.”....................Read Article

November 12, 2019

What you need to know about getting a popcorn ceiling

Renovation Find –There are lots of reasons some people prefer the look of a popcorn ceiling. But here's what you need to know about having a popcorn ceiling in your home....................Read Article

November 12, 2019

Pro Tips for Caulk/Sealant Success

Tile Pro Depot – In case there are any gaps or seams in construction joints, they can lead to a lot of heartburn later. Ingress of moisture is just one of the problems. This could be accompanied by other irritants like a collection of dirt, grime or even small organisms. This is the reason caulks are used to ensure gas-tight or watertight integrity of those joints....................Read Article

November 12, 2019

Polish Your Skills: The Latest in Concrete Polishing

FCImag –As polished concrete continues to trend and rises in prominence, flooring contractors and installers must understand the do’s and don’ts of this tricky medium in order to complete projects on time, on budget and without callbacks....................Read Article

November 12, 2019

NextGen Professional creating new construction career connections

Daily Commercial News – A new company is connecting new graduates looking for employment opportunities in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) with employers in the industry...................Read Article

November 12, 2019

A 3D Print-Out You Could Call Home

NEW YORK TIMES – Using concrete and giant printers, home building may one day be much faster and cheaper. Architects and engineers are edging closer to this goal, by printing portions of houses and assembling or finishing them conventionally. The project, called TERA, is one of the latest experiments in 3D-printed houses...................Read Article

October 21, 2019

What political parties say about architecture and the built environment

OTTAWA, October 17, 2019 – Three parties have responded to questions from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) about sustainability, living conditions in Indigenous communities, federal procurement, and a national architecture policy for Canada. The RAIC is advocating for a better built environment during the 2019 federal election campaign with a questionnaire for Canada’s political parties. The election takes place Monday, October 21....................Read Article


October 21, 2019

Airbnb settles Quebec lawsuit over pricing; changes practice across Canada

MONTREAL - Airbnb users in Quebec have reached a settlement with the company over pricing transparency that has changed the way the company displays prices across Canada. Customers represented by LPC Avocat Inc. launched a class-action case in 2017 claiming that the company added between 13 and 17 per cent to the total price as service fees at the last step of checkout, in what they said was a violation of Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act.....................Read Article


October 21, 2019

Former Kitchener, Ont. auto parts plant gets retrofitted for cannabis cultivation

Construction is well under way in Kitchener, Ont. on the second phase of a project that entails transformation of a former auto parts plant into a state-of-the art cannabis cultivation facility. The project, at 530 Manitou Dr., is being carried out for James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWC) Corp. by a team that includes Ball Construction, Stecho Electric and Price Mechanical...........................Read Article


October 21, 2019

A Magnet for Minimalism

An unassuming brick building in Detroit’s long-neglected Core City neighborhood was once home to a booming repair shop in the heyday of automotive manufacturing. “Magnet Radiator Works,” was emblazoned on the entrance of the facility in faded red paint and still is, except today the 2,100-square-foot structure is instead one of the hottest restaurants to pop up in the Motor City this year............................Read Article


October 21, 2019

Office landlords, tenants learn how to attract new generation of workers

Landlords and tenants are learning that to attract millennial-generation workers, they need to upgrade their workplaces to add amenities. Workers between 24 and 39 years old tend to have different preferences than previous generations had, say landlords and business owners.............................Read Article


October 21, 2019

These algae tiles can turn any building into a pollution-scrubbing machine

As blogged on FastCompany.com, the aquatic plants referred to as algae are single-celled, nonflowering organisms, untethered to the ocean floor beneath them. A phenomenon known as bioremediation allows these microorganisms to remove pollutants from their surrounding environment as they move—and a new project from the Bio-Integrated Design Lab at London’s Bartlett School of Architecture puts this natural process to work scrubbing polluted water............................Read Article


October 21, 2019

Construction industry tinkers with wearable technology to improve safety, cut costs

As reported in the Hartford Business Journal, when it comes to danger in the workplace, few jobs are more treacherous than those on a construction site. Of the 4,674 private-sector workers who died on the job in 2017, one in five were in construction, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration statistics..............................Read Article


October 21, 2019

CTBUH reveals 50 most influential tall buildings

In conjunction with its 50th anniversary, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has revealed its list of the 50 most influential tall buildings of the last 50 years. On that list are 333 Wacker Drive (1983), 875 North Michigan Avenue (1969), and the AMA Plaza (1972), all located in Chicago. Located in New York City, the 4 Times Square (1999) building, 550 Madison Avenue (1983), and 601 Lexington (1977) are also in the lineup..............................Read Article


October 21, 2019

In wake of 2016 wildfire, Fort McMurray condo board struggles to find insurance

As reported on CBC News, after the 2016 Horse River wildfire that burned down more than 2,400 structures in Fort McMurray, residents of the 40-unit Winchester Greens condominium building considered themselves among the lucky ones. Their apartment-style units didn’t burn, but the condo board did claim $246,000 of smoke damage on its insurance. Three years later, the condo board is struggling to find insurance coverage, in part because of that wildfire claim.......................................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Hunters Point Library called out over accessibility issues

Three sections of Steven Holl’s recently opened Hunters Point Library in Long Island City, Queens, have raised concerns due to only being accessible by stairs and are now being reorganized. While the library was previously applauded for the staircase’s design, and there’s an elevator, it doesn’t provide access to the three, tiered levels of stacks above the lobby................................Read Article


October 15, 2019

CaGBC gets commercial real estate owners to disclose energy consumption data

As commercial real estate is a highly competitive business, you might expect property owners to keep their cards close to their chests. A new initiative, however, has encouraged three major players with buildings across Canada—QuadReal Property Group, Triovest and Concert Properties—to publicly share their portfolios’ energy and water consumption data, using the Canadian Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) new Disclosure data visualization tool.....................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Ontario hoping to speed up building permit process

The Ontario government continues its series of announcements affecting the residential construction landscape in the province. It recently announced a proposal to speed up construction of new housing and other projects by establishing an “administrative authority” to address areas where new permit approval services could be added and existing ones improved..........................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Commercial Real Estate: Turmoil at WeWork may impact Metro Vancouver office market

Turmoil at WeWork, the giant office co-working company, has yet to impact Vancouver’s office market, but future leases here between landlords and the New York company could eventually be affected, local commercial property insiders say........................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Eastern Construction gave out $600 bonuses after WSIB UFL erased

Ontario Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton announced an end to the WSIB’s unfunded liability charge in Toronto Sept. 24, a savings of $607 million to Ontario employers he said could be reinvested in new jobs, new technology and health and safety programs.......................Read Article


October 15, 2019

BIG reveals penthouses in Toronto's plant-covered King complex

BIG has revealed the design details of eight penthouses that will top its "boxilated" Toronto housing complex complete with private greenhouses, tea rooms and Nordic-inspired details. The new set of renders round out the details for the mixed-use King complex in the Canadian city, which BIG has designed for developers Allied and Westbank. It was revealed in 2016, and gained zoning approval in 2018............................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Landlords increasingly concerned about effect of cannabis use on rental property: poll

Nearly a year on from legalization, survey asks property owners and renters how they feel about cannabis use and growth in units. Landlords are increasingly concerned about effect of cannabis use on a rental property, according to a poll released October 8......................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Inside Innovation: Long road ahead for full AV in construction

The development of autonomous robotic vehicles (AV’s) for construction seems to make great sense. Potential productivity gains, a solution to the shortage of new entrants to the skilled labour force, and a desire to improve safety conditions for site workers make robotic vehicles an attractive, efficient alternative to manual operation of earth-moving equipment and vehicles...........................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Student Housing In Canada Is Being Ignored, And It Might Be Why You Can’t Afford Rent

In the endless debate over Canada’s high house prices and rising rents, foreign buyers have become the most popular target for blame, and a popular target for policy action now, too. But the problem may have more to do with a somewhat different group of people landing on our shores, and the fact no one is building housing for them: international students.......................Read Article


October 15, 2019

Procurement policies risk “hollowing out” sector: CCA report

Anticipated growth of mega-projects could polarize the construction industry into large general contractors and small subcontractors, with little room in the market for mid-size firms, warns a new report on trends impacting the sector released by the Canadian Construction Association (CCA)....................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Canada’s co-working sector grows, even as WeWork woes deepen

Questions continue to swirl about one of the co-working industry’s giants, but one thing is not in doubt; the flexible office workspace sector has exploded across Canada, quadrupling its footprint since 2014 according to new research by CBRE.......................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Roger Taillibert, architect of Montreal's Olympic Stadium, dead at 93

MONTREAL — Roger Taillibert, the architect who designed Montreal’s 1976 Olympic Stadium and relentlessly defended it against its critics, has died at the age of 93. The renowned French architect created hundreds of other buildings, including the Parc des Princes stadium and Deauville swimming pool in France and the Khalifa Stadium in Qatar...........................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Province renews emergency order for crane removal in Halifax

The Nova Scotia government renewed on Wednesday the localized state of emergency in the area surrounding a crane that collapsed during hurricane Dorian in early September. The state of emergency was set to expire on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., but it has now been extended for another 14 days............................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Cool bricks use evaporation to reduce heat for interiors

A team of scientists in Spain are creating passively cooling bricks which could replace or augment air-conditioning in residential and commercial spaces. Though they are described as bricks, the more formal description is hydro-ceramics, a “sandwich” created by a layer of hydro gel spheres with a fabric layer between two ceramic outside layers..........................Read Article


October 7, 2019

A Russian World Cup stadium could sink into a swamp

Russia spent over $14 billion to host the FIFA World Cup last July and August, with the Kaliningrad Arena itself costing about $300 million. However, only a year after hosting the games, the building has faced numerous issues due to the fact that the stadium was built on previously unused wetlands in a flood plain, with soil not equipped to handle such a large structure.......................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Bjarke Ingels Group Completes Vancouver House, a Modern Twist on New York’s Flatiron Building

Almost a decade ago, a young(er) Bjarke Ingels was commissioned to take on the challenge of designing a building among Vancouver’s labyrinth of roads and ramps. Today, when you drive across Granville Bridge into downtown Vancouver (a stretch that crosses False Creek, a body of water opposite to Vancouver Harbor), what catches your attention isn’t the sparkling sea or the snow-capped mountains in the background, but a 493-foot cantilevered residential tower that twists and turns as it stretches toward the sky.......................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Tory announces 'Green Will' plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings

Mayor John Tory is pulling together major commercial landowners in the city to form a new initiative aimed at reducing energy consumption and emissions as part of a larger effort to address climate change, less than a week after thousands of people took to the streets to demand immediate political action on the file..........................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Sustainable design is the most important election issue

Sustainable building and design is the most important issue for our readers in the upcoming federal election. Nearly 70 per cent of respondents to a survey conducted by Construction Canada earlier this month felt climate change is the priority.......................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Human Rights Tribunal approves female hiring strategy

B.C.’s first female-led construction company, Belle Construction, has been given the stamp of approval from the Human Rights Tribunal to exclusively recruit and hire female tradespeople.............................Read Article


October 7, 2019

ATCO’s Calgary HQ wins architecture award

International architecture practice Pickard Chilton has won two American Architecture Awards for its design of the ATCO corporate campus in Calgary, Alta., and the Northwestern Mutual Commons and Tower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin............................Read Article


October 7, 2019

Modified bamboo a steel rebar alternative?

Bamboo injected with an elastomeric polymer could prove to be a practical alternative to steel rebar as reinforcement in concrete. That’s the conclusion of research done by three engineering technology students for a Capstone project at Lethbridge College in Alberta......................Read Article


September 30, 2019

The Landlords Most Exposed To Thomas Cook’s Collapse

On Monday, it was officially announced that after 178 years in business, travel agency and holiday tour operator Thomas Cook has collapsed into insolvency, dragged down by debts of £1.7B. The failure has left tens of thousands of travellers unsure of how to get back from holiday, and almost 20,000 staff facing the prospect of losing their jobs. It will also leave property owners facing big losses.......................Read Article


September 30, 2019

Ontario establishes construction advisory panel

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS – The Ontario government is partnering with the construction sector by establishing a special advisory panel to provide advice on a broad range of workplace issues, Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton announced today.....................Read Article


September 30, 2019

Sou Fujimoto Architects will bring coliving to Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Sou Fujimoto Architects (SFA), in collaboration with The Collective, a London-based coliving developer, will be developing the former Slave Theater site at 1215 Fulton, in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The building, currently in permitting, is projected to open in 2022.  The 10-story, 240,000 square-foot project will be composed of three separate structures and will feature a mix of public cultural space and coliving apartment units...................Read Article


September 30, 2019

Crown Realty Partners Earns Top ESG Rating in GRESB Assessment

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crown Realty Partners (Crown) is pleased to announce it has achieved a 5-star ranking in the 2019 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), a global standard for benchmarking sustainability performance for real asset investments....................Read Article


September 30, 2019

Nova Scotia hires two contractors to remove collapsed crane from Halifax building

HALIFAX—Days after declaring a localized state of emergency to speed up the removal of a construction crane toppled as post-tropical storm Dorian swept through Halifax, the Nova Scotia government has hired two contractors to take down the ruined crane..........................Read Article


September 30, 2019

New weapons detection system will be tested at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

A high-tech security system that uses 3D radar imaging and artificial intelligence to detect weapons will soon be beta-tested at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).........................Read Article


September 30, 2019

7 Mid-September Economic Nuggets ‒ With an Emphasis on Mega Project Construction

While it hardly seems academically acceptable, maybe the best way to describe the current economic environment at home and around the world is to label it ‘weird’........................ Read Article


September 23, 2019

This downtown St. John’s building is one of the most accessible in Canada

As reported on CBC News, Husky Energy’s downtown St. John’s office space and the building it’s in have been recognized as being one of the most accessible work places in the country. In 2017, Husky designed an accessible floor plan, which included colour-coded floors, better natural lighting for workers of all abilities, and adjustable workstations before moving into its 100,000-square-foot space at 351 Water St., managed by East Port Properties..................Read Article


September 23, 2019

WeWork delays $20bn IPO after struggling to interest investors

WeWork, the US office-sharing company, has postponed its stock market flotation after receiving a lukewarm response from investors. WeWork’s parent, We Company, had planned to launch an investor roadshow this week to drum up interest in its $20bn (£16bn) share sale, slashed from an initial valuation of $47bn.............................Read Article


September 23, 2019

Mercedes-Benz kicks off construction of new Toronto dealership

TORONTO — Ground was broken on the new Mercedes-Benz Etobicoke site in Toronto recently, with the firm touting new MAR2020 design standards that are guiding project design. The 95,900-square-foot facility will occupy a six-acre site at the southeast corner of The Queensway and The East Mall, adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway and Highway 427.......................Read Article


September 23, 2019

On the day of a global climate strike, Canadian architects commit to action on the climate crisis

OTTAWA, September 20, 2019 — The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Committee on Regenerative Environments is calling on Canadian architectural and design firms to commit to combatting the climate crisis by signing a new Canadian Architects Declare pledge....................Read Article


September 23, 2019

Montreal’s Sun Life Building earns LEED Platinum certification

One of Montreal’s most iconic office complexes, the Sun Life Building, continues to pile up the honours. The century-old building has been awarded LEED EB Platinum certification by the Canada Green Building Council...........................Read Article


September 23, 2019

Inside Innovation: Lack of government-mandated BIM fails to slow its impact

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has taken hold in every aspect of construction project development. BIM is not new to the industry — it’s been around for a while. It’s global acceptance is confirmed by the fact that countries such as Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam have gone so far as to mandate the use of BIM in their public projects.........................Read Article


September 23, 2019

A look at the twisting museum bridge in Norway

As blogged on New Atlas, high-profile firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) recently completed a stunning new project in Norway. Aptly-named The Twist, it consists of a museum and bridge that twists 90 degrees near its center. The Twist is located in the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, outside Oslo. The idea is that visitors meander through works by famous artists like Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson, Lynda Benglis Yayoi and Fernando Botero, among others, then cross The Twist to complete their art tour...........................Read Article


September 23, 2019

Airbnb to become publicly traded company next year

Short-term rental company Airbnb says it plans to go public next year and list its shares on the stock exchange. The company made the announcement in a news release on Thursday, but declined to offer any details about what stock exchange it would list on or how much money it plans to raise in the process....................Read Article


September 23, 2019

P.E.I. man in coma after fall at construction site

As reported in The Guardian, a headfirst plummet onto concrete at a construction site last week has left an Emerald man battling for his life. Ryan Mahar, 32, fell roughly 20 feet while working to build a warehouse in the Elmsdale area on Sept. 4, his parents Dale and Lori Maher told The Guardian on Wednesday....................Read Article


September 23, 2019

Central Park Tower tops out to become the world's tallest residential building

The 1,550-foot-tall Central Park Tower is officially the tallest residential building in the world. After topping out earlier this week, the Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture-designed structure now stands nearly complete at 217 West 57th Street, higher than any of its neighbors on Manhattan’s Billionaire’s Row.......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Builders are swapping cement for weed to reduce pollution

As reported on Bloomberg.com, the hemp fields sprouting in a part of Canada best known for its giant oil patch show how climate change is disrupting the construction industry. Six years after setting up shop in the shadow of Calgary’s oil patch, Mac Radford, 64, says he can’t satisfy all the orders from builders for Earth-friendly materials that help them limit their carbon footprints.......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

How Montreal’s Habitat 67 is inspiring a new generation of apartments in Asia

As reported on CBC News, Habitat 67, a seemingly bizarre and innovative collection of modular apartments overlooking the St. Lawrence River, has been around for more than 50 years. Moshe Safdie still can’t believe it exists. “It’s like a fairy tale. How did I ever get it built?” said Safdie, 81. The Israeli-Canadian architect designed the project, and was in his 20s when it opened in 1967. Built for Expo 67 in Montreal’s Cité du Havre neighbourhood, not far from the Old Port, its cubist design, floor-to-ceiling windows and rooftop gardens were heralded as a new way to build urban housing....................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Killam Apartment REIT Confirms No Damage Following Hurricane Dorian

HALIFAX, Sept. 9, 2019 /CNW/ - Killam Apartment REIT (TSX: KMP.UN) confirms no major damage to any of its properties from Hurricane Dorian. Killam is waiting for power to be restored across the region......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Top Trends in Environmental Construction 2019

Trends come and go in the complex world of construction, particularly when there are so many technological advancements to keep on top of. Some, however, are here to stay – and the desire to use more sustainable and environmentally friendly techniques is one of those......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

American Society of Landscape Architects publishes guide to universal design

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has published a guide to universal design meant to set the bar for universal accessibility in the landscape architecture realm beyond the largely quantitative requirements stipulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Quebec-based Locnest offers landlords peace of mind

When Samantha St-Louis first decided to rent out her three-bedroom detached home in Rigaud, she was leery of considering any prospective tenants with pets. Like many landlords, she feared she’d end up having to pay out of pocket to repair damage caused by misbehaving animals. She also worried about how her family would cope financially if she ended up with a deadbeat tenant who fell behind on the rent.......................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Decoding digital transformation in construction

As blogged on McKinsey.com, after spending five years and countless sums on trialing new software platforms and ways of working, the executive team at a large contractor was nearly ready to call an end to its digital-transformation program. Dozens of attempts to streamline projects with digital solutions, such as 5D BIM, had failed to deliver. A few had succeeded in the pilot phase, but the company had struggled to apply those solutions at scale....................Read Article


September 9, 2019

Oxford plans 1M square feet of rooftop solar

Look up next time you’re shopping at a major mall in the Greater Toronto Area — it might just make you green with delight. That’s because Oxford Properties will install a million square feet of rooftop solar panels atop its North American retail and industrial assets by 2022................Read Article


September 9, 2019

B.C.'s maximum allowable rent increase to rise 2.6% in 2020

The maximum allowable annual rent increase for B.C. has been set at 2.6 per cent for 2020, marking the second year under new provincial regulations that limit the increase to the cost of inflation. Under the old rules, landlords could raise rents by the cost of inflation plus two per cent, but a provincial task force last year recommended eliminating the two per cent add-on. Cabinet accepted that recommendation on Sept. 26, 2018....................Read Article


August 19, 2019

SNC-Lavalin chosen by Fengate for facility management at pair of new Newfoundland long term care projects

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin has been selected by Fengate Capital Management to provide facilities operations and maintenance (O&M) and lifecycle services for two new long term care (LTC) facilities in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador.......................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Study of construction workers links poor sleep to injury risk

As reported on  Safety+Health magazine, employers should prioritize efforts to help workers get a good night’s sleep, researchers from Colorado State University say after their study of construction workers found a connection between poor quality sleep and the risk of workplace incidents and injuries..................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Researchers and robots team up to build innovative pavilion in a German garden

Installed on the grounds of the 2019 Bundesgartenschau (BUGA) biennial horticulture show in Heilbronn, Germany, the BUGA Fibre Pavilion is the product of years of research in biomimicry. Biomimetic design aims to produce structures, materials, and effects after principles and processes found in nature. In other words, the BUGA Pavilion is a not-so-primitive hut inspired by fauna rather than flora.....................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Spruce Grove man becomes first Canadian to win world safety award

As reported in the Spruce Grove Examiner, Michael Brown is now officially one of the world’s best safety consultants. The Spruce Grove resident was nominated for the World Safety Organization’s Safety Person of the Year award earlier this year......................Read Article


August 19, 2019

New Vancouver office tower comes with architectural twists and turns

VANCOUVER — A new and unusual 32-storey office tower will soon climb up into downtown Vancouver’s skyline. Vancouver city council has approved a rezoning proposal for a new tower at 1166 Pender St. to replace a 15-storey office building currently occupying the site originally constructed in 1974. The original proposal for the new tower was submitted in October 2018 with a revised application in Feb. 2019...................Read Article


August 19, 2019

City of Edmonton announces incentives for the installation of solar panels

Edmontonians can now apply for solar installation rebates through the City’s Change Homes for Climate – Solar Program. The new incentive rate of $0.40/watt will cover roughly 15 per cent towards the cost of a home solar energy system installation. Previously, Edmontonians applied for solar rebates through Energy Efficiency Alberta, with $0.90/watt coming from the province and a top-up of $0.15/watt from the City of Edmonton................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Inside Innovation: The compelling case for EV charging stations

The popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) is destined to grow in the future. One of the factors holding consumers back, however, is the availability of EV charging stations......................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Innovative building draws on Indigenous knowledge for design and materials

As reported on CBC News, it’s called a muskrat hut and the people behind it hope it can help alleviate some problems on First Nations and beyond. “The muskrat hut is a small mobile building that houses a bathroom, a shower, toilet and has a kitchen area as well,” said Alex Wilson, a professor with the University of Saskatchewan and a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba where a prototype is being built....................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Designing for dementia: Long-term memory care, from the ground up

The Main Boulevard at the Village, a new development in Langley, B.C., wends through an idyllic scene. Car-free and edged by flower gardens, it starts at something called the Community Building – an airy, skylight space with a spa, salon and fireside café – before passing by clusters of quaint cottages, each painted a unique, rich colour such as terra cotta or teal. But the details of the neighbourhood reveal a different, deeper purpose...................Read Article


August 19, 2019

B.C. engineer leads Canadian team in post-Nepal earthquake rebuild

In April 2015, Nepal was struck by a major earthquake of 7.8 (out of 10) magnitude. The damage to people and property was, in the true sense of the term, awesome. More than 2,500 public buildings and over 500,000 private dwellings collapsed. Over 7,000 school buildings and more than 1,000 healthcare facilities were damaged. Soon after the disaster, the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering (CAEE), a national, non-profit, technical society, sent a reconnaissance team of engineers and geoscientists to the small in area but large in population (30 million) Himalayan country....................Read Article


August 19, 2019

How Where’d You Go, Bernadette’s Production Designer Created the Film’s Stunning Fictional Architecture

You might not have heard of the architect Bernadette Fox, but in the fictional world of Maria Semple’s 2012 novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette—and now in director Richard Linklater’s film adaptation of the story, out August 16—she is kind of a big deal..................Read Article


August 19, 2019

Inside Innovation: CarbonCure technology reduces GHG’s, makes concrete stronger

A Canadian company based in Nova Scotia is gathering wide-spread attention for technology that injects captured CO2 into cement and concrete products..................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Canada's Go Solar Guide & Directory

A new, easy to reference tool combining CanSIA’s annual member directory with advice and information for homeowners, businesses, and other building and land owners who want to go solar......................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Canada's Go Solar Guide & Directory

A new, easy to reference tool combining CanSIA’s annual member directory with advice and information for homeowners, businesses, and other building and land owners who want to go solar......................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Deal allows Waterfront Toronto to block controversial Sidewalk Labs project by fall if key issues not resolved

Google affiliate Sidewalks Labs LLC and development agency Waterfront Toronto have reached an agreement that would allow them to scrap Sidewalk’s plans for a high-tech Toronto neighbourhood by the end of October if concerns about the project aren’t resolved....................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Inside the AIA’s efforts to address #MeToo

Last spring, Frances Halsband—one of New York City’s most respected and accomplished architects—was having the same conversation over and over again: What the hell is going on in architecture? After multiple women accused the movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and misconduct in the fall of 2017, women who have had similar experiences in other fields became emboldened to speak out....................Read Article


August 12, 2019

How can climate change impact Canadian concrete infrastructure?

According to an engineer and researcher at the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT), global climate change is expected to lead to the increased deterioration of concrete infrastructure in Canada in the future.  Sudip Talukdar, civil engineering program coordinator in BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment, did computer simulations of the effect of climate change on concrete in Vancouver and Toronto.................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Renovations Underway at Scotiabank Arena

It has been a big year for the Scotiabank Arena at Bay and Lake Shore in Downtown Toronto.  The multi-million dollar renovation designed by Kramer Design Associates is bringing a refreshed look to the building that includes dark exterior finishes, an expanded video screen along the arena's west side overlooking Maple Leaf Square/Jurassic Park, as well as a new signage and plenty of other upgrades within..................Read Article


August 12, 2019

As Coworking Conquers Markets, Landlords Wonder How Much Is Too Much

WeWork, which has grown from a one-floor lease in SoHo to New York City’s largest private office tenant in the span of nine years, is expected to go public next month, targeting a $3.5B raise. But amidst the hype of the highly anticipated initial public offering, the commercial real estate community continues to wrestle with how to hedge against the exploding coworking and flexible workspace sector, and how to capitalize on it..................Read Article


August 12, 2019

City powerless to stop controversial Dartmouth hotel project

As reported in The Star, there’s nothing the city can do to stop a controversial 16-storey hotel development in Dartmouth. That’s the finding of a staff report requested by Halifax regional council in a last-ditch effort to see whether the municipality had any recourse to shut down the project at the corner of Prince Albert Rd. and Glenwood Ave.......................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Are these fireproof, hurricane-proof geodesic domes the post-climate change house of the future?

As blogged on FastCompany.com, in a world where wildfires and hurricanes are becoming more frequent, design for new housing would be smart to anticipate the climate disasters that are coming. So these new buildings aren’t made from wood or any other conventional building materials. Instead, they’re made from bioceramic—which can withstand disasters, and perhaps dramatically lower construction costs....................Read Article


August 12, 2019

Engineered system can cool buildings without the use of electricity

As blogged on TechnologyNetworks.com, engineers have designed a new system that can help cool buildings in crowded metropolitan areas without consuming electricity, an important innovation at a time when cities are working to adapt to climate change......................Read Article


August 12, 2019

The Architecture Lobby calls for pledges against designing detention centers

The Architecture Lobby (T-A-L) and Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) are once again calling on architects to boycott the design and construction of immigration detention centers and deterrence infrastructure....................Read Article


August 12, 2019

High temperatures can put workers at risk of heat stress

Richmond, B.C.– WorkSafeBC is reminding employers and outdoor workers about the risk of developing heat stress during hot weather. If not recognized and treated early, heat stress can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke..................Read Article


July 29, 2019

How women are leading the charge to recycle whole houses

As blogged on Smithsonian.com, when Ruthie Mundell was in high school, everyone laughed at her for digging through the trash. She’d count paper, cans and cardboard, keeping careful numbers on trash volume and recycling rates. Her “trash audit” led to a local recycling revolution in Leonardtown, Maryland, amounting to more bins and higher student recycling rates......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

Can Miami Design a Solution to Rising Seas?

Oh, Miami, America’s tropical fever dream. The city along Biscayne Bay has been half a fantasy since at least the 1950s, a raffish, pastel-colored, Art Deco, bikini-clad vision of escape. Miami Beach, the smaller island city floating just across the bay, sits at the heart of this illusion, a stroll along South Beach promising a chance to briefly escape the harder edges of daily life. Yet these two communities built on dreams are coming to grips with a reality some of the nation continues to deny: the impact of global climate change......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

Toronto firm ADR Chambers appointed new ANA overseeing adjudicators

TORONTO — Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey has appointed Toronto-based firm ADR Chambers to serve as the Authorized Nominating Authority (ANA) to administer adjudicators as part of the province’s new prompt payment and adjudication system..............Read Article


July 29, 2019

Canadian steel association ‘discouraged’ with move to increase use of U.S. steel in federal projects

U.S. president Donald Trump has signed an executive order, part of which requires 95 per cent of steel and iron used in any federal infrastructure contract to be sourced from American firms and the Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA) says it’s a step in the wrong direction.......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

Smart Building Security: Creating Your Digital Fortress

A growing number of commercial and private buildings are incorporating smart technology in their design and daily operations. Smart buildings bring a wide range of conveniences to property managers, but the Internet of Things (IoT) technology that allows buildings and devices to communicate also presents a variety of security issues.........................Read Article


July 29, 2019

The future of AI in the construction industry

As blogged on techradar.com, according to McKinsey, the construction industry is under-digitized, with companies failing to realise the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) as a driver of growth and efficiency. Implementing AI means significant investment for construction companies, but the rewards can far outweigh the initial outlay....................Read Article


July 29, 2019

Nova Scotia couple building sustainable home out of tires

As reported on CBC News, Pippa Creery and Bob Kloske’s retirement involves a lot of dirt. The couple are building an earth berm tire house, which they hope will be a little piece of paradise in Ship Harbour, on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

PAU reinvents the center of a complex post-industrial waterfront

The conversion of a 137-year-old sugar factory into a contemporary office complex requires a delicate touch when the building is landmarked—and even more so when it’s the heart of a complex, 11-acre riverfront master plan.......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

Three reasons Canada outpaces U.S. in office construction boom

As reported in the Vancouver Sun, Canada is punching well above its weight in terms of the country’s overall intensity of new office construction when compared to developers in the United States. Developers in Canada are currently building about 20.7 million square feet (MSF) of new office space across the country, with just over 89 per cent of that in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver......................Read Article


July 29, 2019

The internet is up in arms over tank-like Edmonton Public Library

As the redesigned Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton, Canada creeps closer to its 2020 completion date, residents of the city have begun to express concerns that the project won’t end up as advertised. The building, which sits downtown and serves as the central branch of the Edmonton Public Library system, has prompted an online backlash after photos of the construction site began circulating in the last few days, with many on Twitter comparing the library to a tank or cruise ship.....................Read Article


July 29, 2019

BUC battles BACU over tile, terrazzo certification

Details remain sketchy but it has emerged the Building Union of Canada (BUC) is battling with the Brick and Allied Craft Union of Canada (BACU) to represent some unionized marble, tile and terrazzo trade workers in the ICI sector in Ontario...................Read Article


July 22, 2019

More than half century after construction, Montreal’s Habitat 67 still captivates

MONTREAL — Surrounded by river and silhouetted against a blue sky, the futuristic stacked concrete cubes of Montreal’s Habitat 67 jut out of the landscape like a child’s building-block project brought to life.....................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Playing the long game: Machine control developers cautiously build to full autonomy

Driverless machines won’t be moving dirt on job sites anytime soon. Before an armoury of fully autonomous equipment can work alongside crews, machine control developers at the helm admit there will be a few hurdles to jump. Though it may be tempting to take the leap, the unpredictability of autonomous equipment on high-risk construction sites has prompted key players in the space to take pause....................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Revealing the two architects named to the Order of Canada

Architects Raymond J. Cole and Donald R M. Schmitt have been named to the Order of Canada this year. Toronto-based Schmitt, principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, receives this award for his rehabilitation of iconic heritage buildings and sustainable architectural designs. Vancouver-based Cole, professor emeritus, the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), is honoured for his skillful pairing of architecture and environmental sustainability and leadership in the field............................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Getting ready to take off: New rules to consider when using drones on construction sites

Drones can be valuable, cost-effective tools on construction sites. Typically used to conduct aerial surveys or collect data, they can also carry bitumen printers and transport payloads across long distances. As of June 1, 2019, however, drones will be subject to new Transport Canada regulations.....................Read Article


July 22, 2019

New hotel and homesharing hybrid creates investment vehicle for Airbnb

As blogged on Curbed.com, a pair of new developments in downtown Austin and Miami hopes to create a new hybrid hotel and condo model that allows owners to buy into a large property specifically designed for renting out on Airbnb.........................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Toronto remains unrivalled in North American construction crane count

TORONTO—From the massive excavation site that once housed The Globe and Mail building on Front Street, to the trio of cranes stretched over the former home of Honest Ed’s on Bloor Street, construction activity in Toronto shows few signs of slowing........................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Despite opposition, Ottawa city council approves Château Laurier addition

Ottawa’s city council has voted to refuse to reopen the debate on the controversial addition of the historic Château Laurier hotel. A special council meeting was held last week for council to reconsider its 14-9 decision to refuse to revoke the heritage permit for the historic hotel expansion........................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Esquimalt’s ‘inflatable home’ the first in Canada

As reported on vicnews.com, Victoria’s – and Canada’s – first ever ‘inflatable home’ or ‘Binishell’ is going up in an Esquimalt neighbourhood. And while it might look like a large tent is being installed, the Binishell is actually used as a building system that cuts down on costs........................Read Article


July 22, 2019

Proper fitting work wear for women a safety must

As if anyone hasn’t noticed, women’s bodies are generally differently shaped than those of men. Not only do women tend to be smaller, their feet are narrower both in width and at the ankle and their hands are smaller, according to various work attire experts. And if there’s one thing most women hate — on or off the construction site — it’s clothes that don’t fit properly and are uncomfortable to move around in while working........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

Condo owners face challenges for EV charging

Live in a condo or townhouse? Want to switch to an electric vehicle (EV)? It might not be as simple as just trading in your gas-powered car. Older condo complexes will find it difficult to accommodate electric vehicle charging stations without an expensive electric upgrade.........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

Glass skyscrapers have turned entire cities into energy vampires

As blogged on Vice.com, on April 22, Earth Day, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a ripple of fear through the city’s construction and real estate industry when he announced he would “introduce legislation to ban glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming. They have no place in our city or on our Earth anymore”..........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

The first phase of DS+R's linear London park is now open to the public

The first phase of The Tide, London’s version of the High Line, officially opened to the public on Friday. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) in collaboration with local firm Neiheiser Argyros, the inaugural section of the linear park marks one-fifth of the overall three-mile-long landscape coming to the banks of the River Thames........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

The U.S. Green Building Council advances the future of LEED

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of LEED. USGBC created the LEED green building program 20 years ago to measure and define green building and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings. LEED is updated through a continuous improvement process and with each new version USGBC is evolving LEED’s approach and challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

Existing ICI buildings slowly becoming more energy efficient, finds BOMA

While most new buildings are being constructed to higher standards of sustainability, more of Canada’s existing commercial, light industrial, retail and institutional buildings are also becoming more efficient.........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

New CCA mentorship program connects innovators with contractors looking to test novel solutions

TORONTO—Without the direct input of end users, innovations are often little more than solutions in search of problems. A new mentorship program organized by Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI) is taking aim at this long-standing challenge by connecting construction innovators directly with contractors capable of testing new solutions.........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

$1.2B multi-use community for north Montreal

BOISBRIAND, QUE. — A small Quebec-based family developer has announced plans for a $1.2-billion multi-use development in the North Shore community of Boisbriand, north of Montreal that will cover 53 hectares at the intersection of Highways 13 and 640......................Read Article


July 15, 2019

B.C. Energy Step Code challenges old paradigms

Collaboration is key for an innovative building energy-efficiency standard that’s made British Columbia the first North American jurisdiction to create a regulated pathway to net-zero energy-ready buildings...........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

Electrical code changes property managers should know

On May 16, Ontario’s new Electrical Safety Code took effect and there are some changes that building owners and managers should know. The Ontario code adopts, by reference, the Canadian Electrical Code, and adds on top of that Ontario-specific amendments......................Read Article


July 15, 2019

Construction jobs dry up in June as industry posts another decline in employment

OTTAWA—Aside from a big April gain, there’s been little to brag about in the Canadian construction industry’s labour market this year. And the negative news shows few signs of abating..........................Read Article


July 15, 2019

New York's public housing is in crisis. Can architects design the way out?

The Regional Plan Association (RPA) has selected architects Miriam Peterson and Nathan Rich of Peterson Rich Office (PRO) to dream up housing and maintenance strategies for New York City’s deteriorating public housing for the nonprofit planning think tank’s newly-funded chair of urban design. The joint appointment will give the pair the opportunity to build on past work that reimagined the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) developments.......................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Prominent Ottawa architect urges Trudeau to intervene over Château Laurier addition

As reported in The ChronicleHerald, Ottawa architect and heritage consultant Barry Padolsky has written an open letter to Justin Trudeau, asking the prime minister to step in to convince hotel owner Larco Investment to go back to the drawing board for a rethinking of a controversial addition to the historic Château Laurier.....................Read Article


July 8, 2019

22 Saskatchewan construction electricians sanctioned for academic misconduct

As reported on Global News, twenty-two construction electricians have been sanctioned for academic misconduct while attending apprenticeship technical training at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Moose Jaw....................Read Article


July 8, 2019

China's Buildings Are Watching How People Shop, Cook and Steal

Fintech is changing the way people borrow, invest and pay for things. But there’s another type of technology -- most noticeably in China-- that’s altering the way urban dwellers interact with their living and shopping environments......................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Toronto-area firm fined $200,000 after worker killed by concrete panel on downtown construction site in 2017

TORONTO—J.N.D. Erectors Ltd. has been ordered to pay a $200,000 fine for a health and safety violation that resulted in the death of a worker on a Toronto construction site. The fatal incident happened in March 2017 at a new development at 130 Queens Quay East on the city’s eastern waterfront...........Read Article


July 8, 2019

Outpost Office explores the state of architectural education in post-revolution Ukraine

Architecture has faced many challenges in modern Ukraine: shifting narratives around cultural heritage and the legacy of Soviet architecture, predatory developers who willfully ignore planning regulations, a struggling economy, and widespread corruption to name a few. Ukraine’s state institutions of higher education often grapple with badly needed reforms, bloated by outdated bureaucracy and limited resources...........................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Toronto update – expect higher house prices and a slowdown in office construction

Based on its latest job numbers, Toronto’s economy is definitely in overdrive. Year-to-date (January to May) total employment in the Toronto Census Metro Area (CMA) is up by 72,000. Moreover, the +72,000 figure was the largest gain during the first five months of the year in more than 18 years, and resulted from a 77,000-rise in full time hiring that more than offset a 5,100 decline in part-time employment......................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Canadians on BOMA International centre stage

Canadian real estate had a winning presence again this year at the annual Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International conference and expo. Three owner-management teams and one industry executive are now carrying accolades home from Salt Lake City, Utah, after the three-day event wrapped up last night...................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Hollywood North to expand into Hamilton

A colossal production hub for film, television and digital media is staged for to be built in Hamilton. Toronto-based Aeon Studio Group have announced a plan to build 500,000 square feet of stage space on the now, city-owned, Barton-Tiffany lands — aiming for the first 150,000 square feet to be operational within a year............................Read Article


July 8, 2019

Turk Rework

Bushwick, Brooklyn is home to many transplants, but its latest arrival isn’t a hipster with blunt-cut bangs: It’s The Turk’s Inn, a very 1970s full-service restaurant, rooftop bar, kebab stand, and nightclub transported from its longtime Wisconsin home and resurrected less than a block away from the L train at Jefferson.........................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Historic $3.5 billion development coming to downtown Toronto

As blogged on DailyHive.com, Big changes are coming to Toronto’s iconic skyline. Oxford Properties has revealed the initial designs for its development of Union Park, a historic, $3.5 billion mixed-use project that includes sprawling office space, nearly 1,000 residential rental units, and the opportunity for three acres of public space including an urban park built over Union rail corridor...........................Read Article


July 2, 2019

This house was built using 600,000 recycled plastic bottles

Joel German says when he and David Saulnier told people their plan to build homes with plastic bottles, "they looked at us like we were crazy." Most houses use wood, nails, shingles and insulation — but not theirs. This week, the team from JD Composites unveiled its first home in Meteghan River on Nova Scotia's southwest shore. It has walls made with 15-centimetre thick plastic slabs. More than 600,000 recycled plastic bottles were shredded, melted and formed into custom moulds for the walls......................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Construction industry staffers most vulnerable to phishing scams

As reported on scmagazine.com, a new study on a worker’s susceptibility to being successfully phished found those working in the construction industry the most likely to fall for an attack, however, with the proper training this weakness can be almost entirely weeded out....................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Winning ecological project a model for future cities, Plante says

A municipal works yard squeezed in-between the Bonaventure Expressway and the Lachine Canal will be transformed into an example of what an ecological city of the future would be like. On Tuesday, Mayor Valérie Plante announced the winner of a competition sponsored by Reinventing Cities, a global initiative to encourage sustainable real-estate developments on underused sites in 14 cities from Auckland, New Zealand to Oslo, Norway....................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Montreal real estate: Digital concierge Walter links condo tenants, managers

Montreal condo projects are getting bigger. The new crop of tall towers offer impressive views and, often, more amenities for residents. But the scale of these buildings also poses new challenges for apartment managers to co-ordinate bookings for party rooms and guest suites, deal with maintenance requests and communicate important information to residents.........................Read Article


July 2, 2019

How to Appreciate All the Architecture in Bermuda

Bermuda may take the prize for prettiest pink-sand beaches and lushest landscapes, but beyond its scenic charms, the island offers some major architectural eye candy. Dating back to 1609, the picturesque retreat is ripe with historic gems, from period homes and cathedrals to hotels with both old-world and modernist charm.....................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Unfilled construction jobs reach record level

Vacancy rates for construction jobs are reaching record levels, new data shows. According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate advanced again in the first quarter of the year, reaching 3.3 per cent, up 0.1 percentage point from the previous quarter..................Read Article


July 2, 2019

New Zero Energy Office Buildings Design Guide

A new publication, the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy, provides direction for designing and constructing zero energy office buildings in all climate zones.........................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Landlords pivot to capitalize on changing demands of Ottawa-area tenants

A growing population, rapidly rising home prices and shifting demographics are radically reshaping the rental market in Ottawa and eastern Ontario – opening up new opportunities for property owners who can cater to this new cohort of tenants................................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Province looks to wood as heat source for public buildings

The provincial government has identified about 100 public buildings that could be heated by wood in the future. Exploring the use of district heating, or heat networks, fuelled by low-grade wood was one of the recommendations in University of King's College president Bill Lahey's review on forestry practices...........Read Article


July 2, 2019

Sheet metal strike impacting Ontario projects

The strike by unionized sheet metal workers in Ontario’s ICI sector is now its eighth week and it’s become clear the work stoppage is having a significant impact on projects across the province. “It is starting to have a major effect on worksites,” said Construction Employers Coordinating Council of Ontario executive director Wayne Peterson on June 25.....................Read Article


July 2, 2019

Sidewalk Labs unveils full Toronto waterfront master plan that's a timber-topia

The smart city is the king of go-to solutions for the problems that bedevil urban areas. At the moment, the concept—tech innovates those problems away!—is trending hard in Toronto thanks to the work of Sidewalk Labs, the Alphabet-owned company that dove face first into urban design a few years ago with a plan for a lakefront district in Ontario’s capital. Now, that plan is a completed master plan, the foreground to any large development......................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Smart buildings are getting smarter, but can building managers keep up?

With trillions of dollars in commercial real estate assets, building and facility managers are searching for innovative ways to maintain structures in a state of good repair while reducing operating costs by cutting waste and energy consumption.....................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Architecture Spotlight: France's senate cancels international competition for Notre Dame

Canadian architects who may have looked forward to entering an international contest to redesign the burned out portion of France’s Notre Dame Cathedral have been pre-empted by the country’s senate which voted to rebuild the original structure.....................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Quebec issues moratorium forbidding construction in high-risk flood zones

As reported on Global News, those looking to rebuild after this year’s devastating spring floods may be out of luck. The Quebec government announced Monday it was forbidding new constructions in high-risk flood plains and would not allow homeowners whose properties were flooded to rebuild if damage exceeded 50 per cent of the total value.....................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Could buildings be evolved instead of designed?

What if we could “breed” buildings to be more efficient? That’s the provocation by artist, designer, and programmer Joel Simon, who was inspired by the potentials of 3D printing and other emergent digital manufacturing technologies, as well as his background in computer science and biology, to test a system of automated planning..................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Government of Canada supports program to help construction workers quit smoking

OTTAWA, June 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death in Canada. One Canadian dies from a smoking related illness every 12 minutes, which represents about 45,000 Canadians per year. The smoking rate among construction workers in Canada is 34%—more than double the national average..................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Vancouver office building managers’ response to homeless people has shifted

There remains a lot of ground to cover in the two years left of Vancouver’s strategic plan to end street homelessness by 2021. Last year, the City of Vancouver counted 659 residents living on the city’s streets – 30 per cent of its homeless population.................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Toronto college first retrofit to earn zero-carbon certification

The Building NX retrofit at Humber College, Toronto, has been awarded the Zero Carbon Building—Design certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). It is the first retrofit in the country to achieve this certification....................Read Article


June 25, 2019

RAIC celebrates excellence in architecture

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced the 2019 recipients of the Young Architect, Architectural Firm, and Emerging Architectural Practice awards which recognize excellence in architecture, service to clients, and contributions to the profession, education, and community...............Read Article


June 25, 2019

Ontario updates apprentice support and governance model for skilled trades

Last week, Ontario’s government passed the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act, which updates the province’s skilled trades governance model and support for apprentices...................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Controversial expansion of landmark Ottawa hotel approved by city committee

Ottawa’s planning committee has approved a controversial site plan proposal for a new addition at the rear of the historic Château Laurier hotel in the city’s downtown...................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Construction industry faced highest number of unfilled jobs in Q1, surpassing national average: CFIB

The number of unfilled jobs in Canada’s construction sector outpaced all other industries and the national average in the first four quarter of 2019, according to a recent report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses....................Read Article


June 25, 2019

Hemp houses could be greener, fire-resistant and built like Lego

As reported on CBC News, all in all, Terry Radford’s new product — with apologies to Pink Floyd — looks to be anything but another brick in a wall. That’s because the president of Just BioFiber, based in Airdrie, Alta., believes it has come up with a hempcrete-based brick that is more than the equal of the usual homebuilding materials..................Read Article


June 19, 2019

Ultrathin rental building could be coming to Toronto’s Entertainment District

Toronto’s Entertainment District might be getting an ultrathin addition. The city has received an application to build a narrow 10-storey residential rental building at 86 John St. on a property wedged between Festival Tower and the Pinnacle. The lot is roughly 6.5 metres wide and just under 43 metres long........................Read Article


June 19, 2019

BC limits union raids to three years

B.C. has passed an amendment to the province’s Labour Code, limiting construction union raiding to every three years. The change went against B.C.’s NDP, which appointed an expert panel to review the Labour Relations Code last year........................Read Article


June 19, 2019

A look inside America’s oldest African-American-owned, female-run construction management firm

As reported in the Birmingham Times, the construction business is nobed of roses — cutthroat competition makes it hard to stay on top. But one construction and design firm has been making its mark on some of our biggest landmarks. Cheryl McKissack Daniel now sits atop the oldest African-American-owned and female-run construction company in the nation — a business her family truly built from the ground up.....................Read Article


June 19, 2019

Oil woes have Calgary landlords turning empty offices into apartments

As reported on Bloomberg.com, when the lease on an Alberta Health Services office in Calgary came due for renegotiation two years ago, the rental market was so bad that trying to keep the tenants wasn’t worth it. Instead, landlord Strategic Group took the unconventional step of letting the government agency leave and spent C$24.5 million ($18 million) to convert the seven-story building into an apartment complex.......................... Read Article


June 19, 2019

Wood manufacturers already busy ahead of 2020 NBCC code changes

There could soon be a rise – literally – in wooden residential buildings across British Columbia as a result of a decision by Premier John Horgan’s government to tweak regulations in the provincial building code to allow taller mass timber towers of up to 12 storeys.........................Read Article


June 19, 2019

Crane collapse in Dallas caused by severe weather

As reported by CBS News, one person was killed after a crane collapsed onto a downtown Dallas apartment building Sunday afternoon as severe weather hit the metropolitan area. The National Weather Service reported the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area and surrounding cities were under a severe thunderstorm watch on Sunday with high winds and large hail descending upon certain parts......................Read Article


June 19, 2019

A thriving architecture scene rises in Toronto

Toronto, in the words of urban designer Ken Greenberg, is ‘evolving into an entirely different kind of city’. Projections show the city adding a million people in the next generation...................Read Article


June 19, 2019

On-Site reveals Canada’s 2019 Top Contractors

There’s no two ways about it, 2018 was a good year for Canadian construction. Despite some steep challenges in the form of tariffs on steel and aluminum, continued weakness in the energy sector and softening investment in institutional building, Canada’s Top Contractors dug in and delivered, with many posting record years and forecasting more of the same for 2019.....................Read Article


June 19, 2019

B.C. reviewing WCB system

VICTORIA, B.C. – The province of B.C. is asking the public to give their input on its workers’ compensation system and how to shift the system to become more worker-centred. The province will also ask residents how it can increase worker and employer confidence...................Read Article


June 11, 2019

30 years of labour harmony lost because of hardline approach: pipe trade officials

ICI sector plumbers and steamfitters are on strike after 96 per cent of members voted to reject the latest contract offer from the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario (MCAO).  “Because of management’s demands, as of midnight tonight (May 31) Ontario’s unionized pipe trade workers will be on strike, said Ross Tius, chairman of the Ontario Pipe Trades Council (OPTC) bargaining committee said in a May 31 release...................Read Article


June 11, 2019

This twisting tower is made from timber that bends itself into shape

As blogged on New Atlas, moisture is usually bad news for timber, at least if you plan to use it for building purposes. This is largely because it can cause the material to crack and warp as it dries out, features hardly conducive to the idea of structural integrity. But one group of researchers in Germany is investigating how this process can actually be harnessed for more efficient construction, manifesting in a magnificent tower made up of timber pieces that twisted themselves into shape......................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Gaudí's Sagrada Família wins a building permit – 137 years after work began

Property owners have a new yardstick for measuring their frustration over building permit requests that are lost in the labyrinth of local government bureaucracy. Barcelona city hall has finally issued a work permit for the unfinished church designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, 137 years after construction started on the Sagrada Família basilica.......................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Architects propose snowflake-shaped terminal for China airport

MAD Architects’ design for Terminal 3 of Harbin Taiping International Airport in Harbin, China, looks like a snowflake that has gently fallen onto the earth. The proposed architecture settles into its locale, while also expressing itself as a surreal, interstellar space of future air travel.....................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Ontario’s construction safety performance sees improvement according to WSIB index

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recently released the 2019 Health and Safety Index which indicates Ontario’s workplaces are 1.9 per cent safer than last year, including construction which had the second highest score and was the only sector that saw a year-over-year increase two years in a row......................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Celebrating 'an engineering marvel': Toronto's iconic SkyDome opened 30 years ago

It had taken approximately two years and was nearly four times over budget, and when it was finally time for Toronto's SkyDome to open to the public 30 years ago, there was another problem: rain was in the forecast. But after all of their efforts, there was no way organizers were going to let the moment pass without showing off the building's signature retractable roof..........................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Soaring Toronto construction costs will adjust: experts

Over the past 3.5 years construction costs have soared in Toronto, with the leading sector — highrise residential — jumping by as much as 30 to 35 per cent. It has made it increasingly difficult for developers to control costs — especially on projects with a two-year time lag..................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Heavy hitters of U.K. architecture declare a “climate emergency”

A group of 17 architecture firms from across the United Kingdom, including Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, released an open letteraffirming their commitment to heading off climate change and building a more equitable future for their profession. The planet is in “twin crises,” the letter declares, under the heading “UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.”..............Read Article


June 11, 2019

Vancouver Island construction activity shows signs of leveling

TThe Vancouver Island Construction Association’s (VICA) latest building permit stats, while strong, may be showing the crest of a wave, officials say. “We have been riding a high wave,” said Rory Kulmala, VICA CEO. “I don’t see it going up significantly anymore. I think the tempo is still high but flattening out.”........................Read Article


June 11, 2019

Feds invest in George Brown College’s ‘The Arbour’ project

The Government of Canada has committed to invest $4.1 million to construct The Arbour, the 10-storey, $134-million, mass-timber building project at George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus in Toronto....................Read Article


June 11, 2019

2020 NBCC code brings new era for Canadian wood construction

The new 2020 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) will include the use of mass timber construction for 12-storey structures (42 metres in height), but the move is more than a simple doubling of the six-storey wood structures now within the Canadian NBCC and integrated into provincial and local building codes. Instead, it opens a new door on Canadian wood construction.....................Read Article


June 3, 2019

B.C. Liberals introduce legislation to set payment deadlines for contractors

As reported on Global News, the BC Liberals have introduced legislation that would require companies to pay contractors within 28 days of receiving an invoice, and contractors to pay subcontractors seven days thereafter. Ontario passed similar legislation in 2017, while Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are currently examining this issue.......................Read Article


June 3, 2019

Tiny-house village, complete with solar panels and gardens, approved for Okotoks

As reported in the Calgary Herald, the mayor of Okotoks says a tiny-house village approved for the town will go a long way towards providing affordable housing while reducing the community’s environmental footprint...................Read Article


June 3, 2019

Calgary police looking to return $70,000 of stolen construction tools after man charged

As reported in the Calgary Sun, one man is facing charges after Calgary police recovered more than $70,000 of stolen construction tools from a northeast home. Police say one of the thefts happened Oct. 6, 2018, when unknown offenders broke into a contracting business located in the 4400 block of 58th Avenue S.E. by forced entry and stole approximately $8,500 worth of construction tools......................Read Article


June 3, 2019

Beedie bumps Bentall Kennedy off its top spot

Bentall Kennedy LP has been knocked off its perch after at least six years at No. 1 on Business in Vancouver’s list of the biggest commercial property managers in B.C......................... Read Article


June 3, 2019

New energy efficient buildings aren't enough, experts say — we have to retrofit the old ones, too

The Canada Green Building Conference is taking place in Vancouver this week, and a major portion of the program will be pushing the need to retrofit older buildings to reduce their carbon footprint......................Read Article


June 3, 2019

Fabrics could be the next big thing in facades

Humans have been using fabric to create shelter for thousands of years. If a set of groundbreaking researchers and designers have their way, however, applications of textile-based architectural elements have the potential to play an important role in shaping the future of enclosures as well................Read Article


June 3, 2019

Province supporting Brockville VR project

BROCKVILLE, ONT. — The Ontario government is committing more than $1.4 million over one year to help create a cutting-edge career exploration tool for jobs in the steel and aluminum industries called CareerLabsVR.........................Read Article


June 3, 2019

French Senate declares Notre Dame must be rebuilt as it was before, quashing competition

The French Senate has seemingly dealt a blow to French president Emmanuel Macron, approving a bill that requires the damaged Notre Dame Cathedral be rebuilt as it was before and from the same materials, wherever possible..................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Halifax group wants one-fifth of construction jobs reserved for African Nova Scotians

As reported on CTV News, a grassroots group in Halifax is demanding that 20 per cent of construction jobs and contracts related to a major redevelopment project be set aside for African Nova Scotians. Halifax is planning to redevelop the Cogswell Interchange area into a mixed-use community with parks, bike lanes, shops and a transit hub. Initial estimates put the cost of the project at $65 million....................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Property Management firm places focus on tenant experience

The days of Mr. Roper may soon be a thing of the past. At least, that’s if UNLIMITED Residential Living has anything to do with it. Why? Because founder and owner Adam Kitchener believes there’s a better way to do property management.........................Read Article


May 27, 2019

IoT can make construction less of a headache

Developers and general contractors hope that by adopting Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to cut costs, build faster, and use a limited labor pool more efficiently, they can turn the messy, fragmented world of building construction into something more closely resembling what it actually is—a manufacturing process.........................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Starchitects still coming with big designs to change Vancouver skyline

Rumours about the death of Vancouver’s high-end real estate market may be exaggerated. Several new highrise developments are in the works for downtown. And many are high-end projects being designed by internationally renowned “starchitects.”...................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Toronto enters into busiest ever construction season with over $1 billion in planned work

The City of Toronto has officially launched its busiest construction season ever with more than $1 billion in work planned for roads, bridges, expressways, sewers, and watermains — the largest investment into a City of Toronto construction season to date, indicated Toronto Mayor John Tory in a May 13 release..................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Five important criteria when choosing a digital multimeter

Working with electricity can always be dangerous. When you’re choosing a handheld digital multimeter (DMM) for maintenance and troubleshooting purposes, you’ll want to be sure to use a device that has been properly tested to withstand hazardous working environments—but it can be difficult to sort through all of the relevant specifications to determine the best tool for the job(s).......................Read Article


May 27, 2019

The Eiffel Tower’s landscape will be redesigned before the 2024 Olympics

The city of Paris has selected the London-based landscape architecture studio Gustafson Porter + Bowman (GP+B) to redevelop the square-mile “grand site” surrounding the Eiffel Tower. GP+B’s plan, OnE, will reorganize the site into a more linear experience, complete with new parks, reflecting pools, kiosks, and an amphitheater—turning the strip into Paris’s largest park......................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Exploring the balancing act of glass in construction

Glass has the capacity to be part of beautifully designed buildings, to make a statement, and to allow for dramatic views of the outside from within. It can be specified to add a sense of lightness to a structure as well as to convey a modern, impressive, and eye-catching look. At the same time, it must meet the  project’s performance requirement because of today’s focus on sustainability and energy efficiency........................Read Article


May 27, 2019

Top Trump administration cabinet member says the end of punishing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico is close at hand.

OTTAWA – A top Trump administration cabinet member says the end of punishing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico is close at hand. “I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday.....................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Industry Perspectives: New Study Proves the Financial Case for Zero Carbon Buildings

It’s a fact: Zero Carbon Buildings are not only good for the planet, but a good financial investment too. The Canada Green Building Council in February issued a report that proves Zero Carbon Buildings offer meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and positive financial returns.......................Read Article


May 21, 2019

I.M. Pei passes away at 102

Legendary architect, founder of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (originally I.M. Pei & Associates), and 1983 Pritzker Prize winner I.M. Pei reportedly passed away on May 15, 2019 at age 102......................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Higher carbon prices could be a ‘windfall’ for construction: Report

Canada’s construction industry could be in for a windfall from proposed higher carbon prices, according to a report prepared by a University of Ottawa policy think-tank for Canada’s Building Trades Unions...................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Dunlevy: Montreal architect Phyllis Lambert still dreams of a better city

“I think the more you dream, and really want that dream, it happens,” said Phyllis Lambert. She would know. Montreal’s architecture maven is one of four subjects — alongside Denise Scott Brown, in Philadelphia; Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, in Vancouver; and Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, in Toronto — of Joseph Hillel’s stimulating documentary City Dreamers.....................Read Article


May 21, 2019

B.C. scientist invents 3D concrete printer

Building a house could soon be as easy as pushing a button. B.C. scientist Paul Tinari has invented a cheap, light and fast 3D printing system that he says can form the outer shell of a four-bedroom concrete home in 24 hours at only 10 per cent of the cost of traditional construction.....................Read Article


May 21, 2019

The We Company launching $2.9B investment fund with backing from Ivanhoe Cambridge

The We Company’s latest play has been revealed: become its own landlord. The $47 billion flexible-office space startup has launched a private real estate investment arm, ARK, which will buy property and fill it with WeWork services for its enterprise clients, the company said Wednesday..................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Regina's residential construction industry in 'deep recession,' says home builders' association

Regina’s residential construction industry is experiencing a heavy downturn, with this year’s housing starts on track to be the lowest in 11 years. A new report from the Regina and Region Home Builders’ Association has put most of the blame on mortgage stress testing rules, which it said is raising the barrier to home ownership.......................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Fernando Mastrangelo creates a tiny house with cast recycled plastic walls

Brooklyn-based concrete artist Fernando Mastrangelo is no stranger to casting delicately colored, intricately-layered furniture and panels in experimental materials. During the 2019 New York Design Week, Fernando Mastrangelo Studio (FM/S) has cast TINY HOUSE, and will exhibit the micro-space in Times Square until May 22.....................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Nearly 80 new skyscrapers set to rise in Toronto

Toronto’s already crowded skyline could see even more new skyscrapers being constructed in the next few years, which could more than double the number of tall buildings in the city, according to a report by Point2 Homes, as explained in the National Post....................Read Article


May 21, 2019

When Neon owned the Night

Before evolution hit a snag, and we reverted to slouching and staring at our phones, human beings walked with their eyes up, looking at things. In the countryside, people contemplated church steeples, maple trees, clouds. In cities, they gaped at neon — and it was everything...................Read Article


May 21, 2019

Prompt payment arrives in Nova Scotia

Recent amendments to Nova Scotia’s Builders’ Lien Act that include prompt payment legislation will cut the number of bankruptcies in an industry where late payment woes have become “endemic.” “We estimate between 15 and 20 companies a year end up in bankruptcy protection because of payment issues,” said Duncan Williams, president of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS)......................Read Article


May 21, 2019

World’s first 3D-printed community to be built in Latin America

The world’s first 3D-printed village could soon be produced in Latin America. Yves Béhar and industrial design firm Fuseproject aims to build it in just 24 hours. The homes will be built for families living on less than $200 per month and provide access to safe housing and shelter from both environmental and physical dangers.................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Kicking our addiction to A/C

As much as we Canadians look forward to summer, increased heat and humidity impacts living comfort inside the home. Air conditioning has been the go-to solution for decades, with installations estimated in over 80 per cent of North American households, not to mention most restaurants, stores, museums, and office buildings.....................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Construction management software means increased efficiency and profits

When one thinks of construction management technology, one typically thinks of large scale construction companies with sizeable projects on-the-go as the primary users. However, there’s a strong argument that construction technology can benefit companies of all sizes..................Read Article


May 13, 2019

The Tenants Fighting Back Against Facial Recognition Technology

Last year, residents of Atlantic Plaza Towers, a rent-stabilized apartment building in Brooklyn, found out that their landlord was planning to replace the key fob entry system with facial recognition technology. The goal, ostensibly, was to modernize the building’s security system...................Read Article


May 13, 2019

The origins and perils of development in the urban tech landscape

In most major cities of the world, an urban tech landscape has emerged. One day, we were working on our laptops at Starbucks, and the next, we were renting desks at WeWork. We embedded our small architectural and design firms in low-rent spaces in old factories and warehouses, and then we emerged as “TAMI” (technology, advertising, media, and information) tenants, heating up the commercial real estate market...................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Canadian housing starts surge 23 per cent in April

Who saw this coming? After a slow start to the year, Canadian housing starts surged ahead 23 per cent in April, compared to the same month a year previous......................Read Article


May 13, 2019

City committee set to review new 'market based' approach to parking

Businesses in Edmonton could soon determine their own parking needs as city council’s urban planning committee mulls over a review of parking regulations in the city..........................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Vancouver tops Canada in construction costs

While its coastal views and international flavours may be a delight, Vancouver’s construction costs are not as serene and appetizing. According to a recent international survey of construction markets, Vancouver is the most expensive place to build in Canada – and the 14th priciest location globally..................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Architects DCA Blog: Climate change is everywhere

Climate change is everywhere, and architecture has a big part to play in making change. Awareness of the built environment, and its role in effecting change is crucial: how we create sustainable suburban communities and halt the ravage of unchecked #sprawl; how we invest in existing, and plan new, buildings to meet not only aggressive energy targets but also be able to futureproof and adapt to change; architecture is everywhere and affects all of us.................Read Article


May 13, 2019

How to Avoid Blisters and Pin Holes in Decorative Concrete Overlays

The issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealers is well documented, but surprisingly very little is published regarding the same issues in decorative overlays.........................Read Article


May 13, 2019

Should Canadian cities follow NYC and consider banning new ‘inefficient’ glass skyscrapers?

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce a bill to ban new construction of glassskyscrapers as part of his endeavour to reduce citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent........................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Crackdown could come for owners of uninspected rooming houses in Winnipeg

As reported on CTV News, the City of Winnipeg could be cracking down on rooming house owners ignoring safety inspectors.........................Read Article


May 6, 2019

MOCA moves into an ugly-beautiful building that changed a Toronto neighbourhood

In modelling, the term for someone who possesses unconventional, rough, or odd features is “ugly beautiful.” If there were some sort of organization for ugly-beautiful buildings, 158 Sterling Rd., built by the Northern Aluminum Company in 1919-20, would surely be a star...................Read Article


May 6, 2019

What if air conditioners could help save the planet instead of destroying it?

As blogged on Wired.com, earth’s climate is full of terrifying feedback loops: Decreased rainfall raises the risk of wildfires, which release yet more carbon dioxide. A warming Arctic could trigger the release of long-frozen methane, which would heat the planet even faster than carbon. A lesser-known climate feedback loop, though, is likely mere feet from where you’re sitting: the air conditioner.................... Read Article


May 6, 2019

Montreal's new Maison de Radio-Canada is smaller but better, execs say

The first thing you notice visiting the site of the new Maison de Radio-Canada is that it is significantly smaller than the current home of the public broadcaster, just west of the new building......................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Regent Park revitalization a ballet of construction,demolition

Dump trucks rumble in and out of the demolition site while a block away, cement trucks rumble onto an adjoining site along with more trucks loaded with construction materials. This isn’t business as usual on a Toronto job site where demolition and construction are proceeding side-by-side and have been for 13 years..................... Read Article


May 6, 2019

Canada’s first net-zero vertical farm proposed for Toronto

The University of Toronto (U of T) Scarborough and Centennial College, Ont., have teamed up to establish the EaRTH (Environmental and Related Technologies Hub) District in Toronto, an initiative aimed at advancing the clean tech sector through research, academic programming, and commercialization..........................Read Article


May 6, 2019

How Airbnb's biggest players invaded Montreal's hottest neighbourhoods

Despite a provincial law intended to limit and control online short-term housing rentals, Airbnb is thriving in Quebec. Of the 10 neighbourhoods with the highest concentration of Airbnb listings in Canada, five are in Montreal.................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Seattle crane collapse draws scrutiny in Vancouver

As reported on CTV News, a deadly crane collapse in Seattle over the weekend is highlighting the risk hundreds of cranes dotted around the Lower Mainland pose. Four people died Saturday after a crane working on a building in Seattle’s downtown core toppled. Authorities are working to determine if strong winds played a role in the collapse or if there was an issue with the crane itself..........................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Bird-friendly windows reduce collision deaths at UBC

Every once in a while Penny Martyn thumps a tennis ball or a small toy mouse against the glass window in her office. This isn’t stress relief or idle play. Martyn is using the toys to re-create the impact of a bird striking the window..................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Government of Canada launches call for proposals for investments in training equipment to support careers in the skilled trades

GATINEAU, QC, April 30, 2019 /CNW/ – Supporting the next generation of apprentices and tradespeople—particularly women and Indigenous people—depends on high-quality apprenticeship training systems, like union-based training centres............................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Bluesky builds Vancouver’s first smart windows office tower

A new Vancouver office building is the first in Canada to feature a full smart windows system to reduce glare and external heat without blinds, the developers say. BlueSky Properties, a Bosa family company, recently opened the nine-storey office building at 988 West Broadway...........................Read Article


May 6, 2019

Ontario changes rules to speed building of new housing, critics say plan unfairly favours large developers

Ontario’s PC government says it will ease the housing crunch with a sweeping package of measures aimed at getting more houses built more quickly, but critics say the plan’s move to increase the powers of the province’s land-use tribunal unfairly favours large developers......................... Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

The Cursed Architecture Twitter feed showcases the best of the worst

What drives the internet’s (perhaps morbid) obsession with bad design? Strange angles, melting paint, oddly-placed and vaguely threatening toilets, signage that hinders rather than helps, stairs to nowhere, and misplaced windows have all caused digital rubbernecking.............................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

Vancouver developer proposes world’s tallest wood tower

As reported on GlobalNews.ca, a Vancouver developer is proposing a new 35 to 40 storey tower for the Broadway corridor, but the plan isn’t for a typical high rise. Bruce Langereis, president of Delta Land Corporation, is working with architect Peter Busby from Perkins + Will to design a mass timber building that could revolutionize the way developers build...................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

The Gaia House is a 3D-printed prototype made of biodegradable materials

WASP, a 3D printing studio based out of Italy, recently produced a full-scale residential prototype out of soil, rice products, and hydraulic lime. Measuring approximately 320-square-feet in plan, the project was completed in 10 days and was built in the town of Massa Lombarda in the region of Emilia-Romagna................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

Toronto compromises on changes to noise bylaw that threatened construction

TORONTO—Continuous concrete pours and heavy crane work will continue to be permitted overnight throughout Toronto, but will be subject to new restrictions following a vote at city hall April 17. The change represents a compromise between councillors pushing for a blanket ban on construction work after 7 p.m. and the industry aiming to maintain the status quo................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

Weston bread factory rises to become Wonder Condos

Graywood Developments and joint venture partner Alterra are poised to begin construction this summer on a condominium development that involves the adaptive reuse of a former Weston bread factory...............................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: The ABCs of selling the skilled trades to generations Y and Z

The alarm bells have been sounding for a long time. We’ve all heard the warnings about Ontario’s skilled trades shortage. However, it’s one thing to acknowledge the threat to our companies and economy and quite another to know what to do about it...............................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

How Automation Technology Is Changing Property Management

Back in 2007, the sharing economy was a term that didn’t exist. Seven years later, it became a $15 billion industry with a projection for $300-plus billion by 2025. With the introduction of several online and mobile platforms, workers such as Uber drivers and Airbnb (a platform integrated into Guesty's system) hosts have become the norm, very much built into travelers’ narratives...................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

U.K.’s Tulip-shaped skyscraper gets green light

The Tulip tower by J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners has been given the go-ahead by the City of London, United Kingdom. When completed, this cultural attraction could become the tallest building in London and second tallest in Western Europe...................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

‘Pay when paid’ clauses • Legal Desk, April 2019

April 12, 2019 - Given recent changes to Ontario’s Construction Act and a series of decisions across Canada involving ‘pay when paid’ clauses, this column will try to provide a dashboard of how such clauses are being interpreted in various jurisdictions........................................Read Article


Apr 29, 2019

Construction costs highest in Vancouver: Report

According to a newly released international construction market survey by Turner & Townsend, Vancouver is the most expensive place to build in Canada, and the 14th priciest location globally, with an average construction cost of US$2,720.8 per m2.......................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Notre-Dame fire: International call for architects to design new spire

France is to invite architects from around the world to submit their designs for a new spire to sit atop a renovated Notre-Dame cathedral. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters they hoped for "a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era"......................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Canadian construction costs balloon as steel and aluminum tariffs exact a heavy price

TORONTO—The North American showdown over steel and aluminum tariffs was expected to be brief — little more than a shove from the U.S. to push NAFTA renegotiations over the finish line. But nearly a year later, despite a new trade accord, the American duties and their retaliatory Canadian counterparts remain firmly entrenched.....................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Improving envelope and mechanical design key for super-efficiency

Addressing the critical issue of climate change requires taking action on a number of different fronts including full-scale adoption of technologies which don’t provide an immediate payback, says the principal and founder of an architectural firm which specializes in low-carbon design....................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

City of Calgary introduces a new service for construction developments throughout the city

As reported in the Calgary Sun, residential construction, whether it’s in a new community in the suburbs or an apartment tower in the core, is always of interest to people living where the new construction takes place...................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Nova Scotia renters to get landlord database

HALIFAX—An organization representing investment property owners in Nova Scotia is creating a new registry and certification program to educate its members on provincial tenancy legislation and help tenants find reputable landlords..................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

NAIT research partnership aims for a construction future that’s waste-free

As reported in the Financial Post, imagine a construction project that doesn’t contribute to Canadian landfills. It may sound far-fetched, but to the individual advancing innovation for one of Canada’s largest construction firms, waste-free construction will one day be a reality.................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Canadian architect living in China hailed as ‘guiding light’ in the pursuit of healthier buildings

When Raefer Wallis graduated from university nearly two decades ago, Quebec was hardly the best place on Earth for a new architect. In the grip of a recession, things were slow. Mr. Wallis began to scout for the busiest place he could find................................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Toronto office market: Landlords can ‘name their price’

More than two million square feet of leasing deals completed in the first quarter of 2019 continued the unrelenting pressure on Toronto’s office sector, according to the latest Avison Young market report...............................Read Article


Apr 23, 2019

Notre Dame fire was a warning bell. But will Europe listen?

PARIS - It's a thin line where the patina of age on Europe's countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all is assumed to be fine, until suddenly it's not..............................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Five Calgary homebuilders named Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Jayman Homes, Morrison Homes, Trico Homes, Logel Homes and Hopewell Group have been named to the prestigious list of “Canada’s Best Managed Companies".............................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Councillors 'blown away' by lax oversight of city leases

There has been shockingly lax oversight of leases at city-owned properties, the auditor general has discovered. Auditor general Ken Hughes and his team tabled eight audits on Monday, with an audit of the city’s leases being the most damning, uncovering mismanagement of a program that brings in millions of dollars in revenue annually...................................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Halifax's Centre Plan could allow 27-storey buildings in urban core

Buildings as high as 27 storeys will be allowed in parts of downtown Halifax and Dartmouth if the latest version of the Centre Plan is approved. Planners have been working on new development rules for the urban core of the municipality since 2015. In an earlier version of the proposed plan, the maximum height limit was 20 storeys...................................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

$5B Lakeview Village names Sasaki lead architect

There’s still a long way to go before Lakeview Village will start to resemble the vision behind it. However, the next step has been taken with the announcement of Sasaki as lead master-plan architect for the $5-billion Mississauga development, which will create a community for upwards of 17,000 people along the Lake Ontario shoreline...........................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Wood construction renaissance may not be quite all it’s built up to be, report says

WINNIPEG—Sustainability has taken on an increasingly important role in Canadian construction in recent years. The energy-intensive processes required to manufacture concrete and steel have, at least in part, propelled another age-old building material back to the fore..............................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Toronto noise bylaw amendment puts 7,000 jobs, high-rise development at risk, construction groups warn

TORONTO—A proposed amendment to Toronto’s noise bylaw that would restrict builders from pouring concrete or conducting heavy crane work after 7 p.m. puts thousands of jobs at risk and threatens to slow high-rise development across the city to a crawl, several construction groups warn...........................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

ACI Foundation Announces New Leadership for Concrete Research Council

The ACI Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska as Chair of the Foundation’s Concrete Research Council, and Scott Anderson, PE, as the Chair of the Scholarship Council. These appointments were effective at the close of the American Concrete Institute’s spring convention on March 28, 2019....................................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Nova Scotia needs to catch ‘bad actors’ with more enforcement

Recent amendments to Nova Scotia’s Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act aimed at strengthening the system and increasing apprentice safety will meet that objective only if the province puts enough enforcement officers on the streets to catch “bad actors” in the industry.....................................Read Article


Apr 15, 2019

Contractors Should Have a Resource Network in Place

The air temperature is 97 degrees F, the concrete arrives late and it turns out it’s a hot load. A set retarder is added, which only makes matters worse. The concrete now sits for eight hours before you can do anything with it. The second load arrives on time, and you are forced to stamp that in 30 minutes. You get the job finished, but because of the curve ball you were handed, through no fault of your own, the final color is wrong and the client is not happy. Now what?....................................Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Ten Construction Cost Estimating Tips Contractors Need

Getting an accurate project estimate can be extremely challenging and is crucial to your business. If your estimate is too high, then the bid may go to another competitor and all of the time and resources used to submit the bid will have been wasted. If it's too low, you'll win the bid but will wish it went to someone else. The following tips should help you get the accurate estimates you need to win more jobs................. Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Top 10 major upcoming Hotel/Motel and Shopping Centre construction projects - Canada - March 2019

The accompanying table shows 20 of the largest upcoming Hotel/Motel and Shopping Centre construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations. Shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, medical buildings, educational buildings, government buildings, industrial projects, oil and gas projects, and electric power and telecommunications projects will all be covered on a rotating basis..................................... Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Snøhetta completes Europe’s first underwater restaurant

International architecture firm Snøhetta opened the doors to Europe’s first underwater restaurant named ‘Under’ in Lindesnes, Norway.In Norwegian, ‘under’ has the dual meaning of ‘below’ and ‘wonder’. Half-sunken into the sea, the building’s 34-m (112-ft) long monolithic form breaks the surface of the water to rest directly on the seabed 5 m (14 ft) below................................... Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

How subcontractors can mitigate risk in their contracts

At a risk management seminar in Ottawa in late February, Dan Leduc, a partner at the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright LLP outlined several different ways in which trade contractors might simply use the contracts imposed on them as potential “push backs” or claims for change orders as provided for by the CCA 1 2008 form of subcontract.................................. Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

House of Literature creates a dialogue between new and Old Québec

Designed by Chevalier Morales Architects, the Maison de la littérature or House of Literature has become a vibrant home to Québec literature and a popular touristic destination in Old Québec.The House of Literature is situated in the former Wesley Temple, in the heart of Old Québec. It underwent an interior transformation and a modern, luminous extension was added................................. Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

New Red River College centre shaping up to be a skilled trades hub

The Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) at Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg is part of the Manitoba government’s strategy to add 75,000 new skilled trade workers to the provincial economy by 2020. The 100,000-square-foot building contains programming areas for carpentry, sheet metal, refrigeration, machining/robotics and electrical trades, plus classrooms and laboratories................................ Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Namerind Housing Corporation explores extermination enterprise

A Regina-based property management company has found itself in the pest control business.According to Namerind Housing Corporation's property manager Mannie Amyotte, the company made the move out of necessity................................ Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Regulation changes for pressure welders take industry by surprise

The Mechanical Contractors Association of B.C. (MCABC) would like to see more consultation between government regulatory bodies such as Technical Safety BC (TSBC) as a result of ministerial order changes which have taken the industry by surprise. One such change introduces a new licensed pressure welder contractor’s licence............................... Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Architecture Spotlight: Winnipeg heritage pump house redevelopment wins national award

By making an old building new again, the successful redevelopment of the venerable James Avenue Pumping Station in Winnipeg has won the boutique architectural firm 5468976 Architecture the 2018 Canadian Architect Award of Merit.............................. Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

Ontario’s controversial Bill 66 to become law, big impact expected for construction markets in several cities

TORONTO—A far-reaching piece of Ontario legislation passed its third and final reading at Queen’s Park April 2, with major ramifications expected for construction, among other industries............................. Read Article


Apr 8, 2019

When students party too hard, should London landlords pay?

London continues to wrangle with its street party problem, but is it fair to ask landlords of student rental properties to help cover a share of the costs? It's an issue that came before the city's community and protective services committee Monday as London looks for ways to better deal with unsanctioned student street parties like the one that flooded Broughdale Avenue near Western University with 20,000 revellers in September............................ Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Five iconic architects named as 2019 Honorary Fellows of RAIC

Five architects have been named as Honorary Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada(RAIC). These men and women exemplify the role architects play in public life around the world and the evolving diversity of the profession............................ Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

WeWork takes aim at office market skepticism

There is no doubt WeWork has become a disruptive force in the global office leasing market, but it remains unclear whether the co-working giant can maintain its rapid ascent in the market while remaining a friend to landlords.WeWork, valued at an estimated $42 billion, has been attempting to spread the message that its business model can boost profits for landlords and the brokerage business as long as building owners get on board with the shared workspace model........................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

John Bockstael elected Canadian Construction Association's chair

BERMUDA, March 28, 2019 — The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has appointed John Bockstael as 2019 chair of its board of directors at its annual general meeting. John takes over the position from Zey Emir, president of Revay and Associates Limited. John Bockstael is president & chief executive officer of Bockstael Construction Limited, a fourth-generation company and one of Manitoba’s largest regional general contractors. He is a professional engineer, Gold Seal Certified and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.......................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Davpart plans 55-storey The United Building at historic Toronto site

Toronto’s Davpart Inc. unveiled plans Tuesday for a 55-storey, mixed-use tower called The United Building which would become the tallest architectural heritage retention development in North America when complete.“Our development will revitalize this significant intersection with a new and yet historically respectful energy,” said Davpart president and chief executive officer David Hofstedter at an event to announce the project at the former Maclean-Hunter Publishing site at 481 University Ave., at the corner of Dundas Street West in the downtown.......................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Report urges change of tune on recruitment and retention

A new report on how to improve recruitment and retention of youth in the construction industry in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) shows there is a high level of job satisfaction among workers, but significant challenges still remain. "We need to leverage the industry’s massive network for recruitment,” said Dr. Jon Callegher, author of the report, adding this is one of the recommendations......................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

3Leafs continues to grow shipping container building in Alberta

Shipping container construction is starting to sprout in Alberta thanks to 3Leafs, a young company eager innovate the industry.Som Sourachit, the lead designer and co-founder of 3Leafs, had already been working in the homebuilding industry for more than a decade when she got the idea about four years ago to build with the thousands of shipping containers globally that sit unused........................ Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Virtual reality puts crane operators in the air without actually being there

In Alberta, aspiring crane operators are being taught how to operate their machinery with the help of virtual reality (VR) simulators that owe a lot to video game software. Serious Labs, an Edmonton-based software company, has partnered with Industrial Training International Inc. (ITI), a U.S. company that conducts training and instructional design, to produce VR-based simulators that teach crane operators how to use the equipment without actually having to strap themselves into the machinery itself....................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

A New View Of Property And Asset Management

The scope and value of residential rental and commercial real estate are enormous. The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) estimates the total value of U.S. multifamily rental properties at nearly $3.7 trillion, and the roughly 15 million single-family homes are valued at an additional $3 trillion, based on Zillow's median home value. According to S&P, the value of U.S. commercial real estate tops $5 trillion. Property management and asset management both play critical, albeit different, roles in real estate success...................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Home renovator Mike Holmes oversees reno for paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player

AIRDRIE, ALTA. — One of Canada’s most recognizable home renovators has acted as a fly on the wall during renovations to the family home of an injured Humboldt Broncos player. Mike Holmes is known for his TV shows in which he rescues property owners from house makeovers gone wrong. He has been overseeing remodelling at the home of Ryan Straschnitzki in Airdrie, Alta., just north of Calgary, where Holmes met the family and did a tour of the work recently....................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

New University of Toronto building spurred on by $100M donation

The largest donation in the University of Toronto’s history has coincided with an update on the institution’s a new 750,000 sq. ft. innovation centre that will begin construction later this fall...................... Read Article


Apr 1, 2019

Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada and Trend Graph - February 2019

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in February 2019. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada..................... Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Guesty, a tech platform for property managers on Airbnb and other rental sites, raises $35M

The growth of Airbnb — and likewise other platforms like Booking.com, VRBO and HomeAway for listing and renting short-term accommodation in private homes — has spawned an ecosystem of other businesses and services, from those who make money renting their homes, to cleaning companies that make properties “Airbnb-ready,” to those who help design listings that will get more clicks..................... Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Report – New home construction to decline for next two years

As reported on CBC News, the construction of new homes in Canada will continue to decline for the next two years as the economy slows and higher interest rates weigh on consumers, according to a new report from Altus Group................... Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Beaux-arts train station in Ottawa becomes temporary home for Canada's Senate

Canadian firms Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects have completed the transformation of a historic 20th-century train station in Ottawa into the temporary home for Canada's upper house of parliament. The Senate of Canada Building will provide an interim meeting place for the country's senators, while its nearby home in the capital city, Centre Block on Parliament Hill, undergoes restoration.................. Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Ontario contractors predict busy 2019 construction season despite labour, political challenges

TORONTO—With an grueling construction season in the rearview, contractors across the province expect to grind out even more work this year, according the Ontario Construction Secretariat’s 2019 Contractor Survey. Just over 30 per cent of non-residential contractors forecast a busier 2019 compared to last year, underpinned by population gains, reduced trade uncertainty and infrastructure spending, OCS says................ Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Hamilton architects propose futuristic green tower

DPAI architects have proposed a futuristic project for Hamilton. According to the architects, the Fibroblast Tower is a prosthetic intervention designed to begin the healing process of the Niagara Escarpment, a natural ecosystem............... Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Two new office towers that will reshape downtown Toronto and Vancouver

In Vancouver and Toronto, the centre is getting stronger. A pair of development companies are planning office towers that will reshape the downtowns of those two cities – and, with architecture by Bjarke Ingels Group, mixes up office space with infrastructure that runs the 21st-century city.............. Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Advances in infrared tools for thermal imaging

February 13, 2019 - The world of infrared (IR) test and measurement has seen a steep curve of design advancement in recent years, with heavy investments in research and development (R&D) leading to the creation of tools that are lighter, faster and easier to deploy than their predecessors, in an everyday industrial environment............. Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Canada enters 2020 Venice Biennale with Imposter Cities

The Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) has selected Imposter Cities as Canada’s official entry to the prestigious 2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture. Impostor Cities explores how the country’s architecture is film-famous because Canadian cities often double as other places onscreen. Toronto stands in for Tokyo, for example, while Vancouver and Montréal masquerade as Moscow, Paris, and New York............ Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

2018 Residential Construction Market Highlights − U.S. and Canada

Issuance of year-end data on U.S. new homebuilding activity was delayed due to the partial government shutdown which kept Census Bureau workers away from their desks. Over the past month, however, there have been diligent catch-up efforts and December's preliminary residential 'starts' and 'permits' numbers are now available........... Read Article


Mar 25, 2019

Ontario construction software firm Bridgit raises $6.2-million

The company now known as Bridgit Inc. began with what founders Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake call “crane hunting” – scouring London, Ont., for construction sites, looking for problems to solve. They found a few. And they’ve raised another $6.2-million to keep solving them........... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

The potential of artificial intelligence (AI)- Electrical Safety 360, February 2019

Not long ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was far too technically unconventional for most of us to foresee how it could influence the world in practical and pragmatic ways. Now, however, the future of AI has truly arrived.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

After school program gives kids a taste of the trades

A rural municiplaity in southwestern Ontario has taken an unusual step to deal with the growing shortage of skilled trades. Strathroy-Caradoc is running an eight-week after school program in carpentry (and other trades) for elementary school students aged ine to 13.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

New B.C. program aims to improve worksite conduct and diversity

A comprehensive program has been launched to address British Colombia's skilled labour shortage by reducing harassment, bullying, and hazing on construction worksites. The Builders Code defines an acceptable worksite and provides employers with tools, training and resources to improve and promote safe and productive behaviour.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Canada flag flap is actually about the pole, property manager says

The company pushing a memeber of the military to take down a Canadian flag said it's the pole that's the problem, not the maple leaf. Maj. Michael Mitchell has been told the flag he put up on his Ottawa home last year has to come down because his condominium board does not allow anything to be attached to the front of their homes.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Under lock and key: Guarding job sites from thieves and thrill-seekers saves contractors down the line

Sprawling construction sites, swarming with workers during the day, but abundant in valuable tools and unguarded equipment once crews clock out, are ripe for pilfering. Unlike picking a lock or breaking a window, prowling a vacant construction site after-hours hoping to swipe a chop saw or achieve 15 minutes of fame atop a crane are crimes that, while brazen, can require considerably less forethought.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Celebrating the best wood projects

The temple of Light in Kootenay Bay, B.C., by Patkau Architects, has won the 2019 Wood Innovation Award by WoodWorks British Colombia. This award recognizes creative and innovative approaches in the use of wood in building design, product design, and/or processes.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

City of Vancouver takes action against 820 rogue short-term operators in 6 months

The City of Vancouver says it has taken enforcement against 820 suspected illegal short-term rentals (STR) in the last six months. Vancouver's new short-term rental regulations took full effect on Sept. 1, 2018, and the city says it has opened more than 2,000 case files since then.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Nova Scotia set to regualte coastal contruction as sea levels rise

HALIFAX- Nova Scotia is proposing legislation that would set rules for coastal construction and protect features such as salt marshes and dunes as sea levels rise in the future. Environment Minister Margaret Miller says the new Coastal Protection Act will ensure clear provincewide rules for what can and cannot be done along the province's vulnerable coastlines.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Vancouver approves 'cellular' timber building that resembles a honeycomb

VANCOUVER- The City of Vancouver has approved a 10-storey global headquarters project for Nature's Path Foods. The mass timber building with a cellular design will be built in East Vancouver on Clark Drive near the VCC-Clark SkyTrain station.......... Read Article


Mar 18, 2019

Landlord 'disturbed' by problem tenants 

After a seven-month ordeal, a local landlord wants to bring attention to the difficulties of dealing with tenants behaving badly. Jason Roblin, CEO of Brandon's largest rental and property management group, Vionell Holdings Partnership, has never encountered tenants like a group occupying two rental units he faced recently.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

P.E.I. construction industry launches Phase 2 of recruitment campaign

As reported on CBC News, P.E.I.'s construction industry is rolling out Phase 2 of a multimedia campaign to try to address a shortage of workers while levels of construction activity continue to rise. Phase 2 of the Island Builder campaign will consist of promotional videos, a continued radio campaign and promotions focusing on high school students.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

Coming this weekend: the dangers of daylight savings!

Be ready to move your clocks forward one hour this weekend. However, although it doesn't take long for our bodies to adapt to this semi-annual change to daylight savings time, there are job site health and safety considerations during the first few days immediately after the change that need consideration.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

Empire Communities innovates with 'Forward Thinking' homes in Breslau, Ontario

VAUGHAN, ON, March 6, 2019 /CNW/ - Empire Communities, one of North America's largest homebuilders, has just reached another milestone in their homebuilding history as they trailblaze the path for sustainable construction and energy efficiency.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

Metrolinx boosts standards to make sites safer

Metrolinx is looking to become a leader in construction safety and is making some big changes to get there. That was the message delivered by George Bell, vice-president of safety and security at Metrolinx.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

Trial needed for $125M Bondfield libel suit against the Globe and Mail, court says

TORONTO-- A construction company's $125-million defamation lawsuit against The Globe and Mail newspaper should be decided at trial in a case that highlights the importance of solid journalism even when an expose potentially causes damage to the subject, Ontario's top court has ruled.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

Is Ontario's construction competitiveness really being restored?

Ontario's construction industry "is open for business but on far more restricted terms" than it should be, states the co-founder of public policy think-tank Cardus.......... Read Article


Mar 12, 2019

A look at NOCTUA- a mixed reality construction safety helmet

As blogged on Yanko Design, when you are in the construction business, some of the insights that could help the contractor build better include: the possibility of making quality control more efficient and precise, use of a device that could instruct workers to build in a more intuitive way or what if the designer could see what they have rendered in a more realistic way?.......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

New Requirements for Intrinsically Safe Circuits in Hazardous Locations

February 11, 2019 - One of the important changes introduced by the 2018 CE Code, with regard to the treatment of designated hazardous locations, is how the code addresses the use of ‘intrinsically safe’ (IS) field wiring circuits, which are designed to limit electrical energy levels to prevent ignition of the explosive atmosphere—i.e. gas or dust—surrounding the equipment.......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Bird’s Eye View: The Consequences of Falls from Heights Demand a Culture Shift

It may be time to rethink working at heights from the ground up.Though some provinces have welcomed a marginal decline in accidents, falls remain a leading cause of injury for tradespeople of all stripes across the country......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph - January 2019

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in January 2019. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Olympian Meidl Inspires with ORCGA Safety Talk

Former construction worker and Olympian Cliff Meidl, survivor of a horrific workplace injury, delivered a powerful message of inspiration to delegates attending the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) Damage Prevention Symposium in Niagara Falls, Ont. recently.......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Insurance Experts Caution Construction Companies to Follow the Protocols

As reported on Insurance Business Canada, experts and industry leaders are asking heavy equipment owners and operators to be more careful with their machinery – or risk theft........ Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Opioid Abuse in the Construction Industry

As reported in the Ottawa Citizen, Logan Carroll started drinking at 12, smoking weed at 13 and was doing cocaine in high school.His love of oxycodone began when he got his wisdom teeth out at age 16 and tried Percocet for the first time.......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

Canada Ordered to Pay U.S. Concrete Company $7M in NAFTA Case

As reported on CBC News, Canada has been ordered to pay $7 million in damages, plus interest, to a U.S. concrete company that used the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to successfully argue it was wrongly denied permission to build a quarry in Nova Scotia......... Read Article


Mar 5, 2019

China’s ‘Horizontal Skyscraper’ Attraction Nears Completion

As blogged on CNN, dubbed an engineering marvel, the highly anticipated Raffles City Chongqing project in China is nearly complete......... Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

Canadian Public and Our Planet Need Effective Climate Action and Housing Affordability

In a January 4, 2019 National Post column, “How the Liberal carbon tax is not unlike a $2,000 cat door,” popular commentator Rex Murphy summed up the political posturing in many of today’s climate change initiatives. ......... Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

Ontario Overhauls its Provincial Home Warranty Program

The Ontario government has announced a major overhaul to the province’s Tarion Warranty Corporation, declaring the current home warranty program broken. “There are many families across the province who have faced difficulties over the years when seeking a solution from Tarion,” said Bill Walker.......... Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

Canada Green Building Council Study Proves Zero Carbon Buildings Eliminate Greenhouse Gas Emissions While Reducing Operating Costs and Achieving Positive Returns

OTTAWA, Feb. 20, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has issued a new report – the first of its kind in Canada – that proves Zero Carbon Buildings offer meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and positive financial returns........... Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

How ICON Is Building the $4,000 3D-Printed Homes of the Future

ICON wants to tackle global homelessness by changing the face of construction and home design. In 2017, ICON co-founders Jason Ballard, Evan Loomis, and Alex Le Roux met Brett Hagler, co-founder of the non-profit New Story, and realized that they had a united mission......... Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

Politicians, Business Experts Call for Sidewalk Labs Project to be Scrapped

TORONTO -- Plans for a high tech Toronto community led by an Alphabet Inc.-backed entity should be scrapped, say politicians and prominent Canadian business and technology leaders........... Read Article


Feb 27, 2018

Designing Homes with Passive Solar Design in Mind

Over the years we’re seen an increasing number of homeowners designing or renovating their home with energy conservation in mind. Energy efficiency is important for protecting the environment from the effects of global warming, and it can save consumers considerably on their energy bills............ Read Article


Feb 27, 2019

Is it Time to Rethink Green Building (and Other) Standards?

Ever since I first got an Apple computer ten years ago, I have been at the mercy of their idea of standards. Most of these shown here are just to connect to external video. Because Apple pretty much lives in its own world, I do not have a lot of choice if I want to keep using their machines............ Read Article


Dec 19, 2018

Course Looks to Train the Next Generation of Mass Timber Builders

As architects and engineers get up to speed on designing buildings in the fledgling mass timber industry in Ontario, many contractors remain on the sidelines hesitant about the new building type they are hearing more about........... Read Article


Nov 20, 2018

World of Concrete Toronto Pavilion at The Buildings Show

The Buildings Show 30th anniversary will feature products, services, educational programming and professional networking. Attendees are from the design, architecture, construction and real estate sectors........... Read Article


Nov 20, 2018

The Buildings Show Comes to Toronto Next Week

The Buildings Show, one of North America’s largest expositions for the design/construction industry, is coming to the Metro Toronto Convention Centrefrom November 28 to 30 .......... Read Article


Oct 26, 2018

Canada’s First Net-Zero Supermarket Receives $1.4M in Federal Funding

A project to construct Canada’s first net-zero supermarket is underway in Stouffville, ON.The federal government provided $1.44 million to build the 40,000 square foot Longos Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. store, which aims to produce 65 per cent of its own energy through renewable technologies........... Read Article


Oct 26, 2018

Building Successful Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Facilities

Indoor controlled cannabis production is a rapidly growing business segment, with many industry specific aspects to facility design. Although many design elements can draw upon parameters from similar industries, some operational aspects remain unique to cannabis production facilities........... Read Article


Oct 26, 2018

The Lawyer : Modernization of the Construction Act

As one of its final acts of 2017, the provincial legislature passed Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017. Bill 142, and the resulting amendments, represent a significant overhaul of the laws governing construction in Ontario. These amendments not only change the name of the act by dropping the word “Lien” from its title – the act is now known simply as the Construction Act – they represent an effort to modernize Ontario’s construction laws and ensure that contractors and subcontractors receive payment in an expeditious manner........... Read Article


Oct 26, 2018

This Prototype Low-Cost House is 3D-Printed Using Mud

We’ve been following the work of Italian 3D-printing firm WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) for some time and have previously reported on its Big Delta and clay and straw shelter projects. Its latest creation is its most fascinating to date though, and consists of a 3D-printed hut that’s built using a mud mixture and was produced for just €900 (roughly US$1,000)........... Read Article


Oct 11, 2018

Concrete Decor LIVE! Debuts in Canada 

Come Nov. 28-30, 2018 Concrete Decor LIVE! will makes its debut in Canada at The Buildings Show in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Ontario to showcase the durability and innovations of decorative and architectural concrete. A combination of five shows in one, The Buildings Show is North America’s largest annual exposition, networking and educational event for design, architecture, construction and real estate.......... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

ASHRAE and Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Split Up Operations

IAQA became an affiliate of ASHRAE in 2015. In that relationship, IAQA’s operations became integrated within ASHRAE’s headquarters operations in Atlanta......... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

Coated Glass Helps Toronto Tower Rise Out of Historic Setting

High-performance bent and flat glass helped Hariri Pontarini Architects create an undulating modern glass tower in Toronto, while still meeting the building team’s performance requirements........... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

Wooden Roof at Montréal Clubhouse Enhances Golfing Experience

The clubhouse for Golf Exécutif Montréal, located in Québec, is a green oasis in the St. Lawrence River facing downtown Montréal. Designed by Architecture49, the wood-framed building includes sheltered driving-range tees, a bar in the centre of a spacious lounge, a full restaurant kitchen, state-of-the-art golf simulators, a pro shop, offices, and mechanical spaces........... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

Realogy Selects 10 Tech Startups to Compete for $25K Prize

A group of 10 real estate tech startups will duke it out for $25,000 at Realogy’s sixth annual FWD Innovation Summit at its Madison, New Jersey headquarters on November 14.......... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

Further Dips in Unemployment Rates Recorded in U.S. and Canadian September Jobs Reports

The U.S. jobless figure fell to 3.7% from 3.9% in August, according to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 3.7% is the lowest level for the U.S. out-of-work rate this century........... Read Article


Oct 10, 2018

Prefabricated Steel Addition to British Columbia Distillery

Spirits are flowing thanks to a Kelowna-based steel building company that has helped a local craft distillery expand its storage facilities. Metal Structure Concepts (MSC) designed, supplied, and erected a pre-engineered steel building for Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in Western Canada......... Read Article


Oct 9, 2018

Winning Designs Announced for Waterfront Parks Design Competition

Waterfront Toronto, in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, today announced the winning design submissions for the York Street Park and Rees Street Park design competition.......... Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

New Book Released: Canadian Energy Efficiency Outlook

The book aims to outline the different environments that support energy efficiency development across our diverse provinces and territories, as well as at the national level......... Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

B.C. Local Governments Recognized for Leadership in Wood Design

Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Whistler, British Columbia. Five local governments were presented with 2018 Community Recognition Awards for use of wood in their community projects by Wood WORKS! BC........ Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

Concrete Tech Firm CarbonCure Earns Backing of High-Profile Investment Fund that Includes Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos

HALIFAX—An East Coast cleantech firm that has carved out a niche for itself in the highly competitive concrete industry has secured the backing of some of the world’s biggest business moguls......... Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

Traditional Real Estate Knows PropTech Will be Big, Just not What to do About It 

The vast majority of real estate executives know that digital innovation and PropTech are big opportunities for their business. But most still have no clue what to do about it.......... Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

Ratio Restrictions Prevent Hiring of Apprentices, Says OEL Survey 

In a recent Ontario Electrical League (OEL) survey of employers in the industry, 73 per cent of respondents indicated they would hire more apprentices if ratio restrictions were eased. ......... Read Article


Oct 1, 2018

Amazon Invests in Prefab Startup Focused on Smart Home Tech

Amazon has made its first foray in prefab construction, investing in a company known for sustainable construction and smart home technology.
.Today’s announcement of Amazon’s investment in Plant Prefab, a startup based in Rialto, California, comes on the heels of the company’s announcement of a new line of Alexa-enabled smart home devices, suggesting a potential new avenue of smart home development, experimentation, and expansion..................Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Montréal’s Green Neighbourhood Project Obtains LEED Platinum

The development plan for the Technopôle Angus has just obtained a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 Platinum certification for sustainable neighbourhood design......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Toronto Architects Join Microsoft IoT Lab

Toronto-based WZMH Architects has been accepted into Microsoft’s global Internet of Things (IoT) Insider Labs, a program designed to assist businesses in transforming the way people, devices, and data interact.......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Infographic: Construction Is Costing More

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs. This construction infographic looks at U.S. and Canadian construction material costs......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Construction Crews Near Finish Line on Two-Tower Project That will Be Toronto’s Tallest Outside Downtown Core

TORONTO—Jutting up abruptly from the rocky shoreline of Lake Ontario, the several dozen towers lining the Humber Bay Shores neighbourhood on the west end of Toronto exemplify the building boom that has swept the city over the past decade......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Call for Entries: Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards

Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) is inviting member firms to submit entries to their 17th annual Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards (OCEA) program.There is no fee to submit an entry, and member firms may submit a maximum of five entries per year......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Why Aren’t More Builders Getting into Prefab Housing?

With the next generation of Canadian homeowners – in major urban centres – threatened by the unaffordable prices of land-based homes, prefabricated, lower-cost structures have never been more newsworthy.......... Read Article


Sept 24, 2018

Act Now: 2018 Canadian Construction Association’s Awards Program submission deadline is November 16

Canadian Construction Association’s Awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, organizations and projects that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry, whether through innovation, projects, or dedication to the industry.......... Read Article


Sept 13, 2018

Has the Property Management Industry Prepared the Next Generation for Succession?

IREM and other organizations are making efforts to spread the good news of a career in property management. Much has been written—even in this space—about the dire nature of succession in the real estate community and the aging of practitioners in virtually all disciplines related to the built environment......... Read Article


Sept 13, 2018

E-book Covers Drainage and Ventilation for Adhered Masonry Walls

In masonry cavity walls, the cavity provides a path for drainage and ventilation and acts as a capillary break. However, adhered masonry veneers, like stucco, have been installed for hundreds of years without drainage or ventilation......... Read Article


Sept 13, 2018

Simple, Striking Northern Cemetery Wins Landscape Award

The Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery in Nunavut is the recipient of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2018 Professional Awards under the general design category.......... Read Article


Sept 13, 2018

How Process Automation Can Reduce Real Estate Portfolio Management Expenses

The internet has enabled the next generation of penny pinchers to share their strategies on saving money. Websites like nerdwallet.com and nextadvisor.com share which credit cards have the best rates and return the most points. ......... Read Article


Sept 13, 2018

Toronto Remains Confident About Landing Amazon’s Coveted HQ2

TORONTO—Canada’s most populous city remains confident it has what it takes to snag Amazon’s second North American headquarters a year after the online retail giant launched its search for a new home base.......... Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

Fire and Sound Control Solutions for Tall Wood Buildings

It is no secret multi-unit wood buildings are growing in popularity. A March 2018 article by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) explains wood structures are easier to assemble, less noisy during the construction process, and produce less waste than other building materials......... Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

Building With Masonry

Construction Canada’s series of sponsored e-books continues with a detailed look at the technical aspects of designing masonry wall assemblies........ Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

Dawn of the Bitcoin Age Has Apartment Landlords Wondering Whether To Accept It For Rent

The rise of cryptocurrency in the real estate world began with a house here and a condo there.Now the largest affordable housing developer in Florida is considering accepting bitcoin and other virtual currencies for rent payments in what may be the next frontier for commercial real estate......... Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

BDC Study: Canadian Businesses Struggling With Labour Shortages

Over 39% of SMEs are struggling to find new employees and the problem will not improve for at least a decade, according to a new study released today from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)......... Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

It’s Hard to Build Big Projects in Canada Now and Wait Till You See the Liberals’ New Bill

A fight over the federal government’s bill to overhaul the National Energy Board has been playing out away from the public eye but is expected to take centre stage in the Senate in September........ Read Article


Sept 10, 2018

Why Postmodern Architecture is Making a Comeback

Postmodernism is back. We see it in the slew of books and articles about the movement, in the campaigns to save some of its greatest landmarks such as Philip Johnson’s AT&T building in New York, in the listings in the UK of notable buildings such as James Stirling’s No. 1 Poultry, and John Outram’s Isle of Dogs pumping station....... Read Article


Sept 5, 2018

Three Canadian Cities Commit to Net-Zero Buildings 

Three Canadian mayors, alongside 16 mayors from around the world, representing 130 million urban citizens, have committed to significantly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their cities by ensuring new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030...... Read Article


Sept 5, 2018

Stantec Acquiring Ontario’s True Grit Engineering

The 55-person Northern Ontario firm has strong environmental services and infrastructure experience. Continuing to grow through acquisition, Stantec has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire True Grit Engineering, an infrastructure engineering, project management and planning, and environmental services firm that’s based in Thunder Bay, Ont., with regional offices in Sioux Lookout and Welland...... Read Article


Sept 5, 2018

Equipment Rental Industry: Trends & Predictions 

The equipment rental market has witnessed outstanding growth in the past years. In 2014, a survey showed that even if leasing was still a leading strategy for construction managers, heavy equipment rentals have increased 75% in 2013 to 2014 – with specialized equipment types showing even higher spikes in rental frequency...... Read Article


Sept 5, 2018

Dubai Plans for One Quarter Of Buildings to be 3D Printed by 2025

Dubai has launched 3D Printing Strategy, a global initiative to make the city the world's leader in 3D printing. The initiative is designed to promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology....... Read Article


Aug 31, 2018

Investors Downgrade Valuations Of Buildings Reliant On WeWork

The Real Deal has reported that a new study by Cushman & Wakefield shows that investors have been discounting the cap rates of properties with a large portion of their space dedicated to WeWork. .... Read Article


Aug 31, 2018

Report: The Rate Of Skyscraper Development To More Than Quadruple In Coming Decades

The world's cities, which are already defined by their skyscrapers, are going to see the development of a lot more of these tall towers in the coming decades. That will occur as further urbanization occurs globally and if the current rate of development persists..... Read Article


Aug 31, 2018

Property Management Trends That You Can’t Ignore in 2018

Not all industries move at the same pace, and not all of them are taken to the top like drifting logs on a strong river. Trends will always be a part of progress and as advancements in each industry are made, they tend to affect other industries...... Read Article


Aug 27, 2018

Millennials Are So Last Year: Commercial Real Estate Developers Build With Gen Z In Mind 

Multifamily and coworking locations will be earth-friendly. Increased food delivery demands will require larger commercial kitchens. Retail spots will become a place to do something rather than buy something..... Read Article


Aug 21, 2018

Phase One of Ontario’s New Construction Lien Act is in Effect

Ontario Construction Lien Act has a new name. It’s now called the Construction Act. Phase One took effect on July 1, 2018. Phase Two, the more controversial part, takes effect in October 2019..... Read Article


Aug 21, 2018

Tall Timber Structures and “Building Raincoats” Proposed for Toronto’s Smart Neighbourhood

Sidewalk Labs has unveiled its design plan and vision for the public realms of the Quayside project in Toronto, such as parks, plazas, ground-floor shops, and sidewalks..... Read Article


Aug 21, 2018

DULUX Paints by PPG Unveils Two Deep, Luxurious Greens as 2019 Colours of the Year

TORONTO, August 17, 2018 – Homeowners craving a contemporary version of old-school elegance and sophistication can look to DULUX® Paints by PPG for trending paint colour inspiration...... Read Article


Aug 15, 2018

CREA: Canadian Home Sales Activity Strengthens in July

Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up from June to July 2018..... Read Article


Aug 14, 2018

RAIC Launches New Insurance Program for Architects

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has created a new insurance program that is designed for architects and will provide comprehensive professional liability coverage and other insurance products at highly competitive rates....... Read Article


Aug 13, 2018

Liberals Showcase Benefits of Billions Spent on Infrastructure Projects

OTTAWA—Little more than a year before the next federal election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are hoping to remind Canadians about the benefits derived from one of their signature promises from the last election: investing billions in infrastructure....... Read Article


Aug 9, 2018

Canada Infrastructure Bank Aims to Take P3s ‘a Step Further’

Much of the federal cash up for grabs in Canada’s $180 billion infrastructure plan will reach construction firms through tried and true methods, such as provincial and municipal contracts or public private partnerships (P3s)...... Read Article


Aug 9, 2018

Prefabricated Steel Structure Proposed for University of Toronto

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), Ont., will add another building, a two-storey glass-and-steel structure, along the campus’ “pedestrian spine” in spring 2019...... Read Article


Aug 8, 2018

WeWork Launches Another New Business, This Time Aimed at the Missing Middle

WeWork is the dominant figure in the coworking space, pioneering creative spaces for freelancers and giant companies alike, built on the power of community as a draw for 21st-century workers...... Read Article


Aug 8, 2018

UNB: Onsite Timber Used in New Building

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has opened a new kinesiology building at its Fredericton campus. This 5574-m2 (60,000-sf), $36-million building will create a research cluster focused on health, wellness, physical fitness, and health promotion....... Read Article


Aug 8, 2018

7 Major Trends That Will Impact the Construction Industry

The construction industry is always changing and evolving. Every year new trends appear within the industry, from technological advancements to a stronger focus on sustainability...... Read Article


Aug 7, 2018

City of Québec Plans to Develop its Shoreline

The City of Québec has launched a call for tenders to professional services in landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental services for the development of an enhancement plan for the four major rivers within its municipal boundaries, specifically the Cap Rouge, Saint-Charles, Beauport, and Montmorency rivers....... Read Article


Aug 3, 2018

Property Management Uses Tech to Help Landlords, Tenants

When a tenant moved out of the College Park home Ruth Zimmermann grew up in, the Los Angeles woman decided it was time to hire a property manager....... Read Article


Aug 3, 2018

Innovation Centre at Red River College Breaks Ground

Targeting net-zero energy consumption, the skin of the new high-performance building consists of photovoltaic glass panels that create energy and also change colour depending on the angle of view and weather conditions....... Read Article


July 31, 2018

AI Seeks Out Imperfections in Metals

Researchers at the University of Waterloo, Ont., have found a better way to identify atomic structures, an essential step in improving materials selection in the aviation, construction, and automotive industries....... Read Article


Jul 25, 2018

IoT Help Wanted: Solving the Smart Building Problem

Dear Silicon Valley, I work in the facility management industry and could use your help. We have been debating solutions to the same problem for the last 40 years and no one has solved it....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

VC Investment in ConTech Startups Passes $1bn in H1 2018 – JLL

Construction technology startup companies received $1.05bn in investment from venture capitalists (VCs) in the first half of 2018, a record high according to a new report by JLL...... Read Article


July 18, 2018

As Sea Level Rises, Architects And Developers Adapt And Innovate

While the San Francisco Bay Area’s best features may be the seemingly endless views of the waterfront, the view comes with a price. Sea levels are expected to rise as much as 4 feet by the end of the century, according to a report from the National Climate Assessment....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

World’s Biggest Digital Map Company Just Released a Product for Mapping Inside Buildings

If you are not in the business of building a map into a product, then you probably have not heard of Esri....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

Understanding Continuous Air Barrier Systems

As codes across the country begin to mandate higher levels of energy efficiency, the direct implication are building envelopes that must become tighter in terms of air changes per hour (ACH)....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

A Look at Hamilton’s First Shipping Container Home

Put together an offbeat do-it-yourselfer and a rogue architect, and the result is the Lego-esque creation rising like a cubist phoenix on an empty lot at 5 Arkledun Ave. in Hamilton....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

Penticton Becoming Hub for Modular Construction Industry

The modular housing industry is on the rise in Penticton, with new businesses coming to town to set up plants........ Read Article


July 18, 2018

This Robot Can 3-D Print a Steel Bridge in Mid-air

Dutch designer Joris Laarman will wheel a robot to the brink of a canal in Amsterdam. He’ll hit an “on” button. He’ll walk away. And when he comes back two months later, the Netherlands will have a new, one-of-a-kind bridge, 3-D printed in a steel arc over the waters....... Read Article


July 18, 2018

Electric Car Charging Operators Offering To Install Chargers In Buildings For Free

The companies that own and install the electric vehicle charging stations are making it easier than ever for properties to host the chargers on-site, even at no cost. They want their networks blanketing the country, partly for the convenience of the drivers, but also because they make their money on the markup of electricity....... Read Article


July 13, 2018

RAIC Presents Case Studies on Designing with Indigenous Communities

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has produced a free, public document that describes best practices in working with Indigenous communities on architectural projects....... Read Article


July 13, 2018

Developers Decry Pullback on Property Tax Grant

New rules and other funding commitments place Toronto office projects in limbo...... Read Article


July 11, 2018

New Technologies: How will They Redefine the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Community?

Is the Canadian design and construction industry about to experience a radical, transformative and critical technological revolution?...... Read Article


July 11, 2018

Coalition Worried Further Steel Tariffs Would Limit Supply

Following the implementation of surtaxes on certain steel and aluminum products from the U.S. as countermeasures to U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, the Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel is urging the government to be cautious about taking further action related to steel imports from other countries...... Read Article


July 9, 2018

City of Prince George, B.C., Installs Section of “Solar Road”

The photovoltaic panels are fixed directly onto pavement with no need to destroy and rebuild existing roadworks........ Read Article


July 9, 2018

Trump in No Rush on Trade as Canada-U.S. Tariff Spat Drags On

The federal Liberal government is determined to rekindle intensive talks on a new continental trade pact this summer—even though President Donald Trump says he won’t sign a renegotiated NAFTA until after the U.S. midterm elections this fall........ Read Article


July 5, 2018

Siemens Acquires 3 Smart Building Startups In 2 Months

Siemens Building Technologies Division has inked a deal to acquire Building Robotics Inc., an Oakland-based company whose app Comfy gives office workers greater control of their personal environment, especially temperature and lighting....... Read Article


July 5, 2018

KPMB Architect to Direct Design of Hamilton’s Waterfront Development

The City of Hamilton Council has selected Waterfront Shores Corporation as the preferred proponent for the Pier 8 waterfront development....... Read Article


July 3, 2018

Vaughan, Mississauga and Toronto Sign Housing Pledge

TBILD sets out its four-point plan on how municipalities can help make housing more affordable and increase supply........ Read Article


July 3, 2018

Next Generation Of CRE Data Companies Cautiously Emerges To Challenge CoStar

The commercial real estate data sector is rapidly and fundamentally changing before our eyes. Startups like VTS, Reonomy and CompStak are launching new services, charting nationwide expansions, landing venture capital investments and securing institutional partnerships....... Read Article


July 3, 2018

Ottawa Building Proves its Zero Carbon Performance

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has awarded a Class A, commercial office building in Ottawa the country’s first Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) – Performance certification....... Read Article


June 28, 2018

Amazon Touts Hub Lockers As Way For Multifamily To Deal With Deliveries

After launching the locker system it calls Hub by Amazon in select premier properties last summer, retail giant Amazon opened the service to apartment owners nationally Tuesday, characterizing the system in a statement as one that "brings conveniences and consistency to the delivery experience." ...... Read Article


June 28, 2018

20 Major Upcoming Recreational and Retail, Wholesale, Warehouse Construction Projects – Canada

The accompanying table shows 20 of the largest upcoming Recreational and Retail, Wholesale, Warehouse construction projects in Canada...... Read Article


June 28, 2018

Feds invest $167M to bolster infrastructure in and around Port of Vancouver

Work on a series of road and rail projects at Canada’s largest port is moving ahead with the backing of the federal government...... Read Article


June 28, 2018

Liberals set hiring, procurement stipulations for federally funded projects

Cities, provinces and territories building new roads, bridges, water and transit systems funded with federal dollars will have to let Indigenous Peoples, veterans and recent immigrants have a hand in those projects under new rules being unveiled....... Read Article


June 22, 2018

Job sites in Quebec sit idle as crane operators protest new training rules

Crane operators disrupted work sites across Quebec June 18 with an illegal strike, according to the provincial agency that enforces construction labour rules....... Read Article


June 22, 2018

Vancouver International Airport breaks ground on $9.1B expansion

Vancouver International Airport broke ground on its $9.1 billion multi-year expansion that will see the airport complete 75 major projects over the next two decades...... Read Article


June 19, 2018

PEI offering up to $5,000 to build energy-efficient homes

The government of Prince Edward Island recently announced the New Home Construction Program will offer financial incentives of up to $5,000 to build energy-efficient homes....... Read Article


June 8, 2018

Researchers study impacts of climate change on wind energy potential

With power purchase agreements of wind farms set to expire between now and the end of the next decade, the wind industry is poised to potentially undergo large-scale repowering of its wind farms......... Read Article


June 8, 2018

Construction industry hits second monthly decline with 13K job losses

Construction employment has dipped for the second consecutive month, with a loss of 13,000 jobs in May. Statistics Canada reported the decline in its latest monthly Labour Force Survey......... Read Article


June 8, 2018

PCs sweep to power in Ontario: What Doug Ford means for construction across the province

Among his list of promises were bringing back dollar beer, scrapping the Green Energy Act and reducing the small business tax rate........ Read Article


July 21, 2017

PLACEMAKING: HOW TO DESIGN FOR BETTER URBAN LIVING

Craig Applegath is a founding principal of DIALOG and a passionate designer who believes in the power of built form to meaningfully improve the wellbeing of our communities and the environments we all share. What is placemaking? Photo Credit: Student A... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design, Engineering, Property

March 15, 2017

IPD APPROACH SHOWCASED ON OAKVILLE ARENA PROJECT

Article Written by: Angela Gismondi, Published by: <Construct Connect> The Town of Oakville, Ont. is the first municipality in Canada to use a full Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach coupled with lean principles for its Oakville A... View Here


Construction

March 15, 2017

OPTIONS TO CONSIDER BEHIND THE CURTAIN WALL

“The fortunes of the construction industry in Canada are directly affected by domestic and global economic factors, shifting demographic patterns, and changing public-sector policies and priorities.” This report gives an overview of the current state o... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design

February 14, 2017

STATE OF THE MARKET REPORT: PROGRESSION IN CANADIAN CONSTRUCTION

“The fortunes of the construction industry in Canada are directly affected by domestic and global economic factors, shifting demographic patterns, and changing public-sector policies and priorities.” This report gives an overview of the current state o... View Here


Construction

January 24, 2017

REYNOLDS, VOGEL WARN HARD WORK REMAINS ON LIEN ACT REFORM

Article written by Angela Gismondi and published by <Construct Connect> It’s been a few months since the report Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act was released and while its authors Bruce Reynolds and S... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design

January 24, 2017

RESILIENT PROJECTS EXPLORED AT ARCHITECTURAL ROUNDTABLE

Article written by Angela Gismondi and published by <Construct Connect> Architects and landscape designers discussed how to design buildings for the realities of climate change at the International Architectural Roundtable held Nov. 30 as... View Here


July 18, 2016

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SUBMETERING SOLUTIONS

Scott Beneteau, VP, Sales at Enercare and Omar Salihbegovic, Associate Designer, Buildings – Electrical at MMM Group joined us at The Buildings Show in 2015 to talk to developers, contractors, and builders about the growing trend of mixed-used developm... View Here


July 12, 2016

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO TAKE YOUR SMART BUILDING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

We’ve covered the capital savings achievable through building systems convergence, and followed that up with how operations staff can use system connectivity to keep the building humming in like new condition in our three-part Smart Buildings series. N... View Here


Property

June 23, 2016

HOW TO SAVEONENERGY THROUGH ENERGY CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT

Joe Bilé, Manager, Program Delivery, and Jen Grado, Commercial Lead at Conservation Demand Management (CDM) Business Development for Toronto Hydro discussed saveONenergy’s energy conservation management program updates to property and facility managers... View Here


Property

June 15, 2016

HOW TO OPERATE A SMART BUILDING LIKE A PRO

By now you’ve read part one of this three part series on smart buildings. You understand how  to reduce the capital costs, simplify how they connect and share data easily with new services and users. In this article, I will explain how you can drive op... View Here


Property

June 7, 2016

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMERCIAL ROOFING SYSTEMS

At The Buildings Show in 2015, Richard Ruppert, Architectural Services Manager for Firestone Building Products Canada, discussed the evolution of roofing materials, techniques for builders, roofers and contractors, and the benefits of these technologic... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Property

May 31, 2016

WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST IN SMART BUILDING TECHNOLOGY

This article is part one of a three-part series discussing the opportunities and business reasons to utilize smart building technologies. This article will discuss how to deploy new technologies without necessarily spending more on the building systems... View Here


Property

May 24, 2016

18 HVAC BEST PRACTICES FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS & BUILDING OWNERS

Brad Arnold, Technical Consultant at Pipe Shield Enterprises, is a recognized leader in plumbing, mechanical and pipe rehabilitation services. As a Springfest 2016 speaker, we interviewed Brad on his HVAC best practices for property managers and buildi... View Here


Property

May 10, 2016

BUILDING AUTOMATED SYSTEMS (BAS) TRAINING FOR EVERYONE

In December 2015, Stephen Dixon, President of TdS Dixon, spoke to building operators and owners at the Buildings Show about how to improve energy efficiency through Building Automated Systems (BAS) training for their facilities, and strategies to achie... View Here


Property

April 4, 2016

HOW TO PLAN A CAPITAL BUDGET FOR AGING REAL ESTATE ASSETS

We interviewed Cherisse Vanloo, a Project Manager at WSP Canada, who shared tips on how property managers can effectively plan a capital budget for aging real estate assets. With over 9 years of property condition assessment and building evaluation exp... View Here


Property

March 29, 2016

ACCESSIBILITY AMENDMENTS TO THE ONTARIO BUILDING CODE FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS

Samantha Proulx, Project Consultant (Accessibility & Building Code) at Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada Ltd, was interviewed on the accessibility amendments to the 2012 Ontario Building Code (effective January 1, 2015) that every property manager sh... View Here


Property

March 29, 2016

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT MARKETING CHECKLIST: HOW TO REACH A NEW GENERATION OF RENTER

The population of Toronto is expected to grow to more than three million people in the next 15 years, up from 2.79 million people. Because of the scarcity of available rental units, developers have recognized an opportunity to capitalize on this unders... View Here


Property

March 22, 2016

BUILDING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS FOR PROPERTY AND FACILITY MANAGERS

With 15 years experience in Facility Management and the head of Cisco Canada’s business development and services delivery for Cisco’s S+CRE consulting services, Andy Schonberger shares his insights into the latest building technology trends for propert... View Here


Property

March 18, 2016

TAKE CONTROL: HOW TO TAME YOUR ENERGY COSTS IN A WILD MARKET

Chris Loughren, Manager, Commercial Energy Solutions at Bruce Power Direct came to The Buildings Show in December 2015 to teach property managers and building owners how they can better manage energy costs and consumption in their buildings. In one of... View Here


Construction

February 11, 2016

CONCRETE DEVELOPMENTS

Photo Caption: Assembled at UC Berkeley, Bloom pavilion, by California make-tank Emerging Objects, is composed from 3D-printed concrete polymer blocks. Our cities have been constructed with concrete—can that concrete continue to sustain the passion of... View Here


Construction, Engineering

January 13, 2016

GLOBAL PRICING: PREPARE TO TALK VALUES, SAYS CONSULTANT

Project pricing in the global construction marketplace is a tremendously important aspect of doing business, but many companies underestimate its impact on their bottom line, said an international pricing expert at a seminar he hosted at the recent Bui... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Engineering

December 16, 2015

WHAT’S NEW IN CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS AND INNOVATIONS—THE CCMC EXPERIENCE

When new or innovative construction products hit the market, building inspectors in local jurisdictions are naturally concerned that the products meet the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada. Often, manufacturers turn to the Canadian C... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design, Engineering

December 16, 2015

TALLER THAN 10 STOREYS? YES WE WOOD

Advances in building technology, an abundance of timber and construction inclusion in the National Building Code have seen an increased interest by Canadian builders in using wood for taller buildings. Cameron McCartney, research officer at the Nationa... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design, Engineering

December 16, 2015

MODERN ARCHITECTS REIMAGINING CONCRETE

A panel presenting at The Buildings Show’s International Architectural Roundtable notes that modern architects continue to remain fascinated with concrete. Their mission: making concrete more sustainable, building complex structures without formwork, e... View Here


Construction, Engineering

December 16, 2015

LEAN, MEAN AND HONING CONSTRUCTION EFFICIENCY

Creating more value for customers with fewer resources while minimizing waste. That’s the simple definition of the LEAN approach to construction. While that might seem like a slam dunk for Canadian construction companies, they haven’t necessarily been... View Here


Construction, Industry News

December 16, 2015

ASTRONAUT CHRIS HADFIELD ON WHY SPACEFLIGHT CAN BE A LOT LIKE CONSTRUCTION

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s crowning achievement to date has been his tour as commander of the International Space Station (ISS). “It’s the biggest construction project ever built in space, using a team of 15 different countries,” he says. “It... View Here


Construction, Property, Renovation

December 16, 2015

REVITALIZING DETROIT, ONE BUILDING AT A TIME

Detroit is a city of incredible potential. Bedrock Real Estate Services is helping to realize that potential by managing a growing portfolio of 80 commercial buildings that are part of the Quicken empire.  Scott Collins, project executive with Bedrock, ... View Here


Construction, Engineering

December 16, 2015

FIVE THINGS YOU NEVER WANT TO DO TO PERMEABLE PAVERS

Permeable pavement offers designers a surface that permits the free flow of water through pavement, contrary to conventionally designed pavement, which conveys flow off the surface and into catch basins. “It’s extremely popular with folks who are into... View Here


Design, Property, Renovation

December 16, 2015

FIVE COMMON MYTHS OF LED LIGHTING

Dino Chantziaras of DDM Lighting, a specialty lighting design and installation contractor, notes that LED lighting continues to gain in popularity. “The price of electricity keeps rising,” he says. “LEDs provide a cost-effective lighting solution. They... View Here


Construction, Industry News

December 15, 2015

FUTURE BRIGHT FOR TORONTO CONSTRUCTION & INFRASTRUCTURE

There may not be 180 cranes in Toronto’s skies anymore, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation keeps warning of a high risk of correction for the city, but don’t expect the construction sector in the GTA to fade any time soon. That was the message ... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design, Engineering

December 14, 2015

THE 2015 ONTARIO CONCRETE AWARD WINNERS

Photo: YOUNES BOUNHAR / DOUBLESPACE PHOTOGRAPHY The province’s concrete industry has once again recognized excellence and innovation on a variety of project types with the presentation of the 2015 Ontario Concrete Awards. The annual competition focuses... View Here


November 16, 2015

ALBERT BICOL ON FIRST AND SECOND GENERATION GREEN BUILDINGS, INCLUDING LEED

With his extensive expertise in Sustainable Master Planning (SMP), High Performance and Net-Zero Buildings, Albert Bicol shares his insights on first and second generation green buildings, including first generation LEED buildings. Explain how second g... View Here


Property

November 16, 2015

PM EXPO: YOUR LEADING EDGE IN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Positioning and optimizing existing buildings as smart, green, and more sustainable creates competitive assets to attract tenants, while at the same time providing the opportunity for large scale operational savings. Yet teams also need to be equipped... View Here


Architecture, Construction

November 6, 2015

ARCHITECTS & CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Author, software developer and architect, Brian Palmquist shares his insights on how architects can manage their construction work phases more efficiently using construction project management tools & best-practices.   What are  5  lessons fro... View Here


Construction

July 21, 2015

LEVERAGING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Real-time reporting capabilities and integration with mobile applications are changing the way interior fit-outs and renovations are managed. By capitalizing on available technologies, the entire project team can improve communication to deliver succes... View Here


Property

November 24, 2014

GREEN CERTIFICATION BENEFITS

The recent recession may have been the best thing to happen to sustainable commercial building. During those years, sustainable buildings proved their value: sustainable properties experienced lower vacancy rates; builders with green experience fared b... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Engineering

November 24, 2014

CONCRETE: PRODUCT OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Ready mixed concrete can no longer be considered a commodity. With the advent of improved technology, ready mixed concrete is adaptable to any type of application whether you need more flowability, higher strengths, or adjustment to site and weather co... View Here


Construction

November 24, 2014

CLOSING THE GAP – GREEN SKILLS TRAINING FOR TRADES

Labor Market Research shows that the Ontario construction labor market will expand in 2015 to 2019, with the strongest gains in large commercial projects. The Canadian green building market is also poised to see strong growth over the next three years,... View Here


Property

November 24, 2014

HOUSE PRICES ARE RISING…BUT WHAT DOES THIS REALLY MEAN?

I’m often amazed at how the housing market is reported in the news media. Not for what is reported, but for what isn’t. Read any business news site or paper, and you wouldn’t know that one-third of Canadians do not own a home, and instead pay rent as a... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Design, Renovation

November 24, 2014

WALL THERMAL DESIGN CALCULATOR

Architects and others in the building industry now have a tool to quickly assess the energy efficiency of walls in low-rise housing: the Wall Thermal Design Calculator. The purpose of this online tool and calculator is to provide designers with prescri... View Here


Property

November 24, 2014

INNOVATE OR BE LEFT BEHIND

In today’s ultra-competitive business climate, your company’s ability to innovate may be one of its key competitive advantages. Although commercial real estate (CRE) may not have the same universal appeal and sizzle as consumer electronics, innovation... View Here


Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Property

November 24, 2014

CANADA’S ECONOMY: COUNTING ON A WEAK CURRENCY AND NEW CUSTOMERS TO FUEL GROWTH

There’s another aspect of residential real estate that will be equally important. Home prices must not cave. To a fair degree, consumer confidence and personal consumption expenditures depend on a feeling of prosperity that is provided by rock-solid or... View Here


December 6, 2017

INFORMA TRANSFORMS WITH THE UNVEILING OF REVITALIZED EXHIBITION PLATFORMS

Informa Canada’s Global Exhibitions division announces the launch of IDS CONTRACT and expansion of THE BUILDINGS SHOW. Toronto, Canada... View Here


May 8, 2017

ROOFTECH 2017 SEES RECORD TURNOUT IN THE SHOW’S HISTORY

Programming excellence brings record numbers to the 13th biennial event. Toronto, ON, May 8, 2017 – ROOFTech 2017 organizers saw... View Here


April 26, 2017

BOUTIQUE DESIGN PAVILION IS COMING TO IIDEXCANADA 2017

Toronto, ON, Apr. 20, 2017 — In response to the evolving hospitality sector, IIDEXCanada, part of The Buildings Show, is... View Here


Industry News

April 20, 2017

EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR PROGRAM FOCUSES ON TILE AND STONE GAME CHANGERS, INFLUENCERS, TRENDS AND MARKET UPDATES AT STONEX CANADA

Toronto, ON, April 20, 2017 –  STONEX Canada, with the support of the Terrazzo Tile & Marble Association of Canada... View Here


Industry News

April 13, 2017

APPOINTMENT NOTICE – NANCY MILANI

George Przybylowski, Vice President, Real Estate/Construction, Informa Exhibitions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Milani, CEM, CMP, as... View Here


Industry News

February 16, 2017

ROOFTECH RETURNS TO TORONTO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR YEARS

Toronto, ON, Feb. 16, 2017 – ROOFTech, the trade show and exposition for the Canadian roofing industry, returns to Toronto... View Here


Industry News

February 16, 2017

PROPERTY MANAGERS WILL GAIN THE COMPETITIVE EDGE THEY NEED BY ATTENDING SPRINGFEST 2017

Toronto, ON, Feb. 16, 2017 – Springfest, the one-day event for building and property executives, owners and managers returns May... View Here


Industry News

September 22, 2016

THE BUILDINGS SHOW IS CHANGING HOW THE INDUSTRY WORKS

Rules, practices and techniques for a changing built environment TORONTO – The Buildings Show (TBS), the largest networking and educational... View Here


Industry News

September 28, 2015

CREATING THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE CANADIAN BUILT ENVIRONMENT

The Buildings Show is the Place for Trade Professionals to Collaborate and Source New Standards for the Built Environment The... View Here


Industry News

April 16, 2015

WHO’S WHO OF REAL ESTATE TO UNVEIL TORONTO OF THE FUTURE®

Showcase Event Scheduled for June 1 – 5 at MetroCentre / Metro Hall Leading players in real estate and architecture... View Here


Industry News

February 9, 2015

INFORMA ACQUIRES HANLEY WOOD EXHIBITIONS

Our Parent Company Acquires US-based Hanley Wood Exhibitions’ Portfolio of Seventeen Major Design, Construction and Real Estate Shows Including Greenbuild... View Here


Industry News

February 5, 2015

BUILDINGS CANADA CREATES AN INNOVATIVE ONLINE CONSTRUCTION, BUILDING AND REAL ESTATE NETWORK

Buildings Canada launches its new information sharing portal comprised of features such as educational webinars, product showcases, market reports, breaking... View Here


Industry News

February 5, 2015

SPRINGFEST OFFERS COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR MANAGING & OPERATING BUILDINGS

The 21st annual Springfest exposition, networking and educational event is happening on Thursday April 30, 2015 at the Toronto Metro... View Here


Industry News

November 17, 2014

SEVEN STAND ALONE SHOWS UNITE TO BUILD BIGGER, BETTER EVENT

Having previously operated as seven superior, stand-alone shows to wow and educate the design, architecture, construction and real estate professionals,... View Here