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PCL Toronto partners with MLSE Foundation to build opportunity for youth facing barriers
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) celebrated completion of MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) Foundation’s youth-focused facility MLSE LaunchPad at an unveiling event on January 26, 2017.

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Vancouver looks to boost energy-efficiency standards in new homes under seven storeys
The energy efficiency measures, which would kick in March 1, 2018 if they’re approved by council next week, would cut greenhouse gas emissions from the affected buildings by 40 to 55 per cent, according to a city report.

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Montreal spending $50 million to revitalize Plaza St-Hubert
The city of Montreal announced it will spend close to $50 million to revitalize Plaza St-Hubert, including $22 million to replace the glass awning that covers the sidewalk. 

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Trump, Trudeau call for 'expeditious' construction of Gordie Howe International Bridge
Canada has made construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge one of its top national infrastructure projects.

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Thunder Bay architect named president of Ontario Association of Architects
Newly elected president of the Ontario Association of Architects has some architectural hopes for First Nation communities.

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A look at the Herman Avenue development project by Studio Jonah
Through the process of demolition it was revealed that Herman Avenue contained its hidden charm that create distinction among other homes-an authentic brick laid wall.

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Taking a look at the new second phase of the McEwen Architecture building in Sudbury
It's the first new school of architecture in Canada in 45 years, and they're making every piece of the building count.

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Survey: Canadian & American architects, engineers and construction professionals earn more than European counterparts
Architects, engineers and construction professionals working in North America earn far more than those in Europe, according to a new global salary survey.

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Saskatchewan construction industry concerned about marijuana use once legalized
Will employees be able to work on the job site safely and return home unscathed at the end of the day? It’s a question leaders in safety sensitive industries say will become increasingly difficult for them to know with any certainty once marijuana is legalized in Canada.

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Construction contract awarded for redevelopment of Dauphin Regional Health Centre
Steinbach MLA and Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced that a construction contract has been awarded for a $23-million project to redevelop and expand the emergency department at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre.

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A look at Okanagan College's 26-week Residential Construction program that is offered at the Salmon Arm campus
The 26-week Residential Construction program is offered at the Salmon Arm campus and includes hand skills, safety training and trades math, and is ideal for those who enjoy physical activity, using tools and working both indoors and outdoors. 

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Contractor chosen for HMCS Quadra sewer project in Comox
The Comox Valley Regional District's sewage commission has agreed to award Hazelwood Construction Services Inc contract for the HMCS Quadra pump station retrofit and forcemain installation project.

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A Designer's view on zoning by-laws in Toronto
City by-laws are a crucial part of any qualified designer’s career and certainly any negligence towards them can result in catastrophic consequences.

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Designers float plan to cover Toronto’s CN Tower with clip-on condos
Design firm Quadrangle has come up with a new vision for the 1970’s building: to cover it in modular Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) condominiums. The wooden residential pods would cling to the outside of the tower between wind-shielding wings.

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Call for Presentations: CDBI National Design-Build Conference
The CDBI invites you to share your best ideas, implementation successes, tips, and proven project solutions by presenting at this year’s conference.

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13 years of Wood Design Awards in BC : looking forward to a celebration of wood
With a record number of nominations, Wood WORKS! BC is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 Wood Design Awards.  The winners will be awarded at the 13th annual Wood Design Awards evening, to be held on Monday, March 6th at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West).

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'Tension crack' interrupts Site C dam construction
BC Hydro reassigned 30 people working on a haul road, after a 'tension crack' almost half a kilometre long appeared on a slope above the Site C dam construction site.

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San Francisco's $750 million Millennium Tower is sinking....who is going to pay to fix it?
While the best method of fixing the building's tilt won’t be known until an engineering firm hired by the developer completes its investigation— and perhaps not even then— the cost is certain to be millions, and perhaps hundreds of millions, of dollars. 

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Santa Monica seeks to pass America's most extensive earthquake retrofit plan
Santa Monica’s safety rules would go beyond what Los Angeles has done by requiring not only wood apartments and concrete buildings to be retrofitted, but also steel-frame structures.

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A look at the 10 tallest buildings under construction in the world
Developments in building technology and a surfeit of construction projects in Asia makes the title of tallest building more temporary than ever; none of the buildings on this list of the ten tallest in waiting are in North America.

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Caterpillar invests in drone technology company Airware to bring services to the mining and construction industries
The venture arm of Caterpillar Inc., a major manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, has invested in San Francisco drone tech startup Airware

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Berg Pipe Yard steps up to SENNEBOGEN 870 M for sure, heavy lifting
It's an 80 ft. (24.4 m) length of steel pipe, weighing in at 20,000 lb. (9,072 kg) which he's spinning deftly into place to load onto a waiting truck.

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Tulsar's automated systems help better manage water and wastewater
Control panels can be designed and built for remote monitoring and management — diagnosing and addressing any programming faults that may arise during operation. They also use this technology to keep people informed — if a failure is projected, a text message or email can be sent so it can be resolved before it becomes a crisis. 

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Titan Trailers seeks approval for major expansion
Titan Trailers of Norfolk County is planning to build a 92,000-square-foot finishing plant as part of a major expansion of its transport trailer manufacturing business.

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ISH China & CIHE 2017 - Coal-to-gas energy reform contributes to rapid market growth for boilers
ISH China & CIHE – China International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Sanitation & Home Comfort Systems is Asia's premier HVAC and plumbing event. To be held from 18 – 20 May 2017, the show is on track to host more than 1,300 exhibitors who will occupy all eight halls of the New China International Exhibition Center that spans over 97,000 sqm. 

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Speakers announced for the upcoming Grey to Green Conference in Toronto
Grey to Green will attract more than 300 architects, landscape architects, policy makers, manufacturers, growers, landscapers, and other green infrastructure professionals to discuss the benefits, growth and tangible effects of the green infrastructure industry.

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A look at the multi-billion-dollar green electric power fiascos across Canada
While the punditocracy whipped itself into a justifiable if ritual lather over another Ottawa bailout of Bombardier, the $372-million loan is small change compared with the multi-billion-dollar green electric power fiascos across the country.

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Halifax wants to use thermal energy to heat buildings for upcoming Cogswell project
Coal or other fuels can power a DES, but in this case, Halifax Water would harness heat from the nearby sewage treatment plant to create thermal energy. The utility says that energy would be enough to provide heating and cooling to the Cogswell redevelopment area.

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SWANA expands 2017 Safety Awards program
The SWANA Safety Awards program began last year by recognizing winners in two categories: Best Safety Innovation and Biggest Safety Improvement. In 2017, the field will be expanded to recognize winners from each of SWANA’s 7 Technical Divisions. Members of SWANA’s Safety Committee will then choose an overall winner to be awarded as well. 

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Brigade Electronic Reiterates NTSB’s ‘Safety First’ Commitment for 2017
Like you, Brigade prioritizes transportation safety. Period. That’s why our business was set up, and why we continue to work hard for our customers -- across North America and beyond.

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Lightning monitoring system keeps satellite launch on schedule
Lightning at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station nearly scrubbed the scheduled launch of the CYGNSS satellites from a Pegasus rocket carried aloft by a jet aircraft. The mission countdown was able to proceed when data from a lightning surveillance system proved that the launch vehicle and its payload were not damaged by the electrical storm. 

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Meshwear Technologies introduces a new CW2 ventilated work pant
The new “CW2” is made from ripstop, poly/cotton weave to offer the comfort of cotton with the durability and colour retention of polyester.   The hard-wearing ripstop weave has become widely popular in workwear apparel.  

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2017 edition of ASSE 1016/ASME A112.1016/CSA B125.16 now available
Performance Requirements for Automatic Compensating Valves for Individual Showers and Tub/Shower Combinations , has been designated as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is now available for purchase.  

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Canadian Farm Builders Association honors the winners of the People’s Choice Awards
On Friday, January 27th 2017, the members of the Canadian Farm Builders Association (CFBA) convened at the Arden Park - Best Western Hotel in Stratford for their Annual Conference, Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.  The event culminated with the People’s Choice Awards ceremony and a number of awards were handed out for excellence in Farm Building.  

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CaGBC's Vancouver office is Canada’s first commercial LEED v4 Platinum certified project
As Canada’s leading non-profit supporting the design and construction of green, healthy buildings, CaGBC’s goal with this new office was to provide leadership to the industry and demonstrate how a state-of-the-art, innovative green office can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve employee well-being.

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Technology: Check out this bridge in The Netherlands that is made of hemp
Designed and built by a team of researchers and students in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, the structure is made of hemp and flax fibers embedded in resin and covering a bio-based polymer core.

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Last year Canada's clean energy sector sees lowest investment since 2005
New investment in the sector, which includes wind and solar energy, tumbled by 46 per cent last year to US$2.4 billion — the lowest since 2005. Industry stakeholders, however, say the decrease is not surprising.

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New film can cool buildings without the use of refrigerants
The new film works by a process called radiative cooling. This takes advantage of that fact that Earth’s atmosphere allows certain wavelengths of heat-carrying infrared radiation to escape into space unimpeded.

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UBC: One-quarter of Vancouver homes could be torn down by 2030
About a quarter of single-family, detached homes in Vancouver are at risk of being torn down between now and 2030 due to rising land costs, predicts University of B.C. architecture professor Joseph Dahmen.

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