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April 25, 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: 2013 Western Canadian Construction starts

Reed Construction Data has broken down the construction starts for 2013 across the provinces of western Canada into a comprehensive infographic.

April 21, 2014

Understanding municipal strategy

It is sometimes difficult to understand the distinction between strategy and control in the municipal setting, as it relates to the purchasing policies.

April 21, 2014

Dive tower pushes formwork forward

After 18 years in the business of concrete forming, civil engineer Dennis Schincariol still comes across the occasional job that throws a new curveball his way.

April 21, 2014

Crumbling roads a key election issue

A new survey reveals an unprecedented number of people in Winnipeg believe infrastructure is the biggest challenge facing the city, as potential candidates for mayor in upcoming civic elections focus on this issue.

April 21, 2014

Legal battle over temporary foreign workers heats up

Two unions are taking the latest battle over temporary foreign workers to Federal Court in Vancouver, but they hope two government ministers will step in to speed things up.

April 16, 2014

Precast concrete enables net-zero homes

Constructing buildings that produce at least as much energy as they use is still a new concept, especially when working in a cold climate.

April 16, 2014

Journal of Commerce Preview for the week of April 21st, 2014

In this week's preview, we look at some of the stories we'll be covering in the Journal of Commerce for the week of April 21st, 2014.

April 16, 2014

P3 Fund launches

PPP Canada is launching the sixth round of the P3 Canada Fund.

April 16, 2014

Ex construction boss admits to collusion in government contracts

A former Quebec construction boss says his firm was involved in systemic collusion on provincial government contracts over a period of several years.

April 16, 2014

Fort McMurray airport terminal getting ready for take off

Construction of a new terminal building at Fort McMurray Airport in northern Alberta is nearing completion, after the project was delayed several times.

April 16, 2014

Learning to dig safely can save lives

Beneath the surface of the earth runs a complicated labyrinth of pipes and cables transporting anything from oil and gas to electricity and telecommunication services.

April 16, 2014

Photo Gallery: 2014 ACEC BC Awards of Excellence winners

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia announced the winners of the 25th annual Awards of Engineering Excellence at a gala ceremony held April 12 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

April 14, 2014

Concrete eating robot could render rubble recyclable

A robot that "erases" concrete buildings got a thumbs-up from the Industrial Designers Society of America, who gave its designer a gold award in the student category.

April 14, 2014

Carbon tax may give unfair advantage to foreign cement

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is disappointed that the B.C. government has failed to address industry concerns about whether the provincial carbon tax is giving foreign cement producers the upper hand.

April 14, 2014

Building green with the help of concrete

The building sector, both here and worldwide, is facing an enormous challenge to address our environmental footprint and impact on climate change.

April 14, 2014

Concrete toboggans take the plunge

The 40th anniversary of the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) featured innovative engineering from some of the top university students in the country.

April 14, 2014

Arctic concrete pour defies subzero work conditions

No contractor likes to pour concrete in the middle of winter. For Nahanni Construction of Yellowknife, N.W.T., pouring concrete when it's -50 degrees Celsius outside is par for the course.

April 14, 2014

Future of 77-year-old Pattullo Bridge is still up in the air

The venerable Pattullo Bridge marks its 77th birthday this year and recent reports in Lower Mainland media suggest the old fellow is not in good shape.

April 14, 2014

Reports delve into concrete's role in infrastructure renewal

A recent report by the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) on the role of concrete in Canadian infrastructure adaptation to changing climatic conditions was scheduled to be delivered to the Cement Association of Canada in early April.

April 14, 2014

Insulating concrete forms hailed as efficient solution

A new report shows that insulating concrete forms (ICFs) can be used effectively as walls in building structures.

April 14, 2014

Concrete industry unites to spread sustainability message

A comprehensive collection of groups have formed the Concrete Council of Canada (CCC), a 14-member bloc that intends to educate the public about the concrete advantage.

April 14, 2014

Lafarge, Holcim in talks to merge the world's two largest cement companies

Lafarge and Holcim say they are in advanced discussions on a "merger of equals" to create the world's largest cement company with $47 billion in annual sales.

April 9, 2014

Journal of Commerce Preview for the week of April 14th, 2014

In this week's preview, we look at some of the stories we'll be covering in the Journal of Commerce for the week of April 14th, 2014.

April 9, 2014

RFQ for Site C project

BC Hydro has posted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the main civil works portion of the Site C Clean Energy Project.

April 9, 2014

P3 proponent named for North Island Hospitals project

Tandem Health Partners has been named as the selected proponent for the North Island Hospitals project on Vancouver Island.

April 9, 2014

Island apartment rises

The Waverly, a six-storey, purpose-built rental building is taking shape in Langford, near Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island.

April 9, 2014

Flaggers meet with transportation minister

Members of the local flaggers association in B.C. are feeling positive about a meeting with the provincial minister of transportation in which they discussed the need to double fines for speeding in construction zones.

April 9, 2014

New Target store going up in Winnipeg

With the ongoing construction of its newest store at the Plaza at Polo Park, Target Canada is bucking a retail trend in Winnipeg.

April 7, 2014

PCL named preferred proponent for Regina football stadium

The City of Regina has selected PCL Construction Management Inc. as the preferred proponent for the construction of a new football stadium, which marks the next phase of the procurement process.

April 7, 2014

University of Victoria Athletics

The $77 million Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities is taking shape at the University of Victoria.

April 7, 2014

Northern Alberta thermal oilsands facility gets go ahead from regulators

Cenovus Energy Inc. has received approval from the provincial regulator for the construction of a thermal oilsands facility in northern Alberta, which will expand on the development of a pilot project.

April 7, 2014

Telus residential tower

Work continues on the 53-storey Telus Garden residential tower, part of a $100 million development in downtown Vancouver that includes both condominium and office towers.

April 7, 2014

Island shipyard plans $30 million expansion

A $30 million expansion of a Victoria area shipyard is expected to require 150-300 more skilled workers when complete.

April 2, 2014

Spring tenders in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan government is preparing to release a round of contracts for the upcoming 2014 construction season.

March 31, 2014

B.C. flaggers still looking for fines to be doubled

Members of the local flaggers association in B.C. are preparing to meet with the provincial minister of transportation next month to discuss the need for new laws that double the fine for drivers who are caught speeding in construction zones.

March 31, 2014

Best wood design honoured at gala

The 10th anniversary of B.C. Wood Design Award recognized leadership and innovation in wood design.

March 31, 2014

Manitoba government accused of fudging job stats

The New Democratic Party (NDP) government in Manitoba is being accused by the opposition of using inaccurate job creation estimates to support this year's budget and the new five-year capital plan.

March 31, 2014

CCA developing "perfect" lien act

Development of a "perfect" lien act for construction took some significant steps at the Canadian Construction Association's (CCA) recent 96th annual conference.

March 26, 2014

Alberta still a heavyweight when it comes to job creation

When it comes to job creation in Canada, there's Alberta and then there's everybody else.

March 26, 2014

Construction Industry reacts as Alberta gets new premier

Dave Hancock has been sworn in as the interim premier of Alberta and leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative (PC) party, after Alison Redford announced that she is stepping down.

March 26, 2014

How to stem the next big flood tide?

The flooding that hit England in January and February this year has led to a lot of soul-searching in the flood-prone areas, as people contemplated the immense clean-up required.

March 26, 2014

National prompt payment guidelines needed

A national set of guidelines on the principles of prompt payment should be developed, concluded the Canadian Construction Association's (CCA) general contractors council during the association's recent 96th annual conference.

March 26, 2014

Journal of Commerce Preview for the week of March 31st, 2014

In this week's preview, we look at some of the stories we'll be covering in the Journal of Commerce for the week of March 31st, 2014.

March 26, 2014

Saskatchewan boosts capital spending in latest budget

The Saskatchewan Budget 2014 will generate a surplus while maintaining capital spending on the construction of infrastructure and increasing support for apprenticeship training.

March 26, 2014

Enbridge starts $7 billion cross-border pipeline replacement

Enbridge is moving forward with a project to replace segments of a cross-border pipeline that moves Western Canadian crude oil from Alberta to Wisconsin, which does not require a new permit from the U.S. State Department.

March 26, 2014

No Frills Construction

Construction is underway on a new, No Frills store on East Hastings Street in Vancouver, B.C.

March 24, 2014

Convention Centre Expansion

Construction is underway on the expansion of the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

March 24, 2014

Five-storey Student Union Building taking shape at UBC

The construction site of the new Student Union Building (SUB) on the Point Grey campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) is a busy place these days.

March 24, 2014

Explosives used to demolish Port Mann Bridge pedestals

The ongoing demolition of the 50-year-old Port Mann Bridge, the old-timer that lies adjacent to its shiny new sibling, is moving forward.

March 24, 2014

SaskTenders website officially launched

A new website provides information on procurement opportunities for the Saskatchewan government and Crown corporations, as well as municipal, academic, school and health sectors.

March 24, 2014

CCA recognizes industry's finest in Panama

Eleven individuals, associations and firms from Canada's construction industry were recognized at the Canadian Construction Association's recent annual awards ceremony in Panama City, Panama.

March 24, 2014

Getting a Look at the View

The View is a mixed-use condominium project on East Hastings Street in Vancouver, B.C. Cornerstone Architecture did the design and Thind Properties Ltd. is the construction manager.

March 24, 2014

Concrete spacer confirmed as culprit in guideway shift

Structural engineers have confirmed that the failure of a concrete spacer on the Evergreen Line project in Coquitlam, B.C. caused a large beam to shift during the construction of the elevated guideway.

March 24, 2014

Drones could be coming to a construction site near you

Is using drones at construction sites an idea that will fly? Richard Evans thinks so.

March 24, 2014

Journeyman lineman dies after 85-foot fall from bucket

WorkSafeBC officers are investigating an incident at the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) project near Terrace, B.C., in which a journeyman lineman was killed while working on the construction of a transmission tower.

March 24, 2014

Fire breaks out during Calgary asphalt shingle plant demolition

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) are investigating a fire at a shingle manufacturing facility in Calgary earlier this month.

March 24, 2014

Alberta touts foreign workers as solution to skills shortages

With expected labour shortages over the next decade, Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk is calling for a permanent foreign workers program to supplement the temporary foreign workers program and local skills training.

March 24, 2014

Gas line strike in Vancouver forces evacuation of area

An excavator involved in the construction of a highrise tower in downtown Vancouver severed a gas line, which resulted in the evacuation of surrounding buildings.


These projects have been selected from 371 projects with a total value of $1,936,826,394 that Reed Construction Data Building Reports reported on Thursday.


$122,700,000 High Prairie AB Tenders


$66,000,000 Columbia-Shuswap RD BC Negotiated


$34,400,000 Airdrie AB Prebid

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