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Auditor General: City of Montreal management of construction projects failing
The city of Montreal spends roughly $220 million a year constructing or renovating buildings and facilities it owns. Given the amounts of money at stake, detailed management oversight regulations are needed to ensure projects are carried out on time, on budget and in keeping with expectations.

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Halifax to release construction mitigation guidelines
Builders of large-scale projects in Halifax will be paying more attention to the needs of businesses affected by disruptions when the City of Halifax releases a set of construction mitigation guidelines soon.

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Sarcastic sign celebrates a decade of construction at Winnipeg intersection
A business sign in Winnipeg is getting some attention for a strange celebration. The sign outside of the Spectrum Health Centre reads, 'Celebrating a decade of construction at Portage and Maryland.'

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Competition Bureau of Canada launches condo renovation probe
The investigation appears to be centred on contractors who do renovations on common areas such as lobbies, shared washrooms and parking garages in residential highrises, although the Competition Bureau declined to give details.

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See the shortlisted projects for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
he Aga Khan Award for Architecture has been recognizing excellence in design for nearly 40 years, and this year's line-up of shortlisted projects is no exception. At a special event this past Saturday held at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum, each of the 19 shortlisted projects were presented with a short video, complemented with speeches by local and international scholars and architects.

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Toronto-based Superkul selected to design U of T's Student Commons
The Toronto-based architectural firm Superkul has been selected to design the Student Commons, a much-anticipated facility that will be located at 230 College Street.

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University of Calgary's EVDS dean and faculty recognized by landscape architect group
Next month, the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design Dean Nancy Pollock-Ellwand will become a fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) along with adjunct faculty member Douglas Olson.

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RAIC launches new organization for emerging practitioners
This year, the RAIC will launch a national organizationRAIC Emerging Practitioners / IRAC Relève professionelleat their Festival of Architecture in Nanaimo, BC.

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Warrants issued for Calgary pair wanted in multiple contractor scams
Warrants have been issued for a man and woman in connection with multiple contractor scams targeting senior citizens in south Calgary.

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What construction workers can teach others about mental health awareness
Although the construction industry may be about the last place you’d expect workers to talk about depression or anxiety, they’re becoming industry leaders in mental health awareness. They’re doing some incredible work to reduce the stigma attached to mental health and they’re saving lives.

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Parkland Construction ordered to pay $70K after fatal fall in Nova Scotia
The $70,000 penalty was recommended by both Crown and defence lawyers, and includes a $37,000 fund to establish a bursary at the Nova Scotia Community College in Fraser's name.

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Lawsuit against North Dumfries for NDCC construction delay settled
The township has settled a $750,000 lawsuit brought by the general contractor over costs it incurred as the result of work delays during the construction of the North Dumfries Community Complex.

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Vancouver's top architecture and design honoured in Urban Design Awards
Henriquez Partners Architects were honoured with three awards and Durante Kreuk Ltd with two Monday evening at the 2016 Vancouver Urban Design Awards, which recognize and celebrate excellence in architecture and urban design.

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World's largest coliving building opening in London next week
New York City isn't the only place coliving is taking off. Next week, the first residents will be moving into west London's Old Oak, a brand new 550-unit coliving tower which will be the largest building of its kind in the world.

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Dubai builds world's first 3D Printed office building
While the concept of 3D printed buildings may not sound so far-fetched for the future at all as the technology has been earmarked for great potential in construction and architecture, many may be surprised to hear that Dubai is indeed home to the first 3D printed and fully functional office building.

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Canada's Most incredible new buildings are more than a pretty facade
The country's condo boom was not present in this year's Governor General's Medals in Architecture. The biennial award, run by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts, instead focused on public buildings, many in smaller cities.

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Waterproofing Failures - Architects, Engineers or Contractors, who is responsible?
Waterproofing is expected to be strong as long as building stands. But once waterproofing is damaged, the impact in form of cost and damaged it has on the facility, is unexplainable. The cost of mending it again is twice the cost of waterproofing.

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Hydro One selects Burns & McDonnell to provide construction program management services
Burns & McDonnell, a professional engineering, procurement and construction management services firm, will focus on enhancing Hydro One’s construction management tools and processes required to effectively oversee investments to the transmission grid throughout the province.

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Engineers' strike suspends work at 6 Montreal construction sites
The strike, which began Tuesday at midnight, affects about 440 engineers, chemists, veterinarians and other science professionals who are part of the Syndicat Professionnel des Scientifiques à Pratique Exclusive de la Ville (SPSPEM).

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SNC-Lavalin to reimburse Quebec municipalities, agencies for ill-gotten contracts
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. wants to wipe the slate clean in its home base of Quebec, confirming it will try to strike a deal with the provincial government to repay sums from public contracts won through fraudulent manoeuvres stretching back two decades.

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Ritchie Bros. industrial auction sets another record as Alberta’s economy struggles
Thousands of pieces of machinery are moving out of Alberta to busier economies where they might be put to use, after the largest industrial auction held in the province to date closed on the weekend.

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A look at how the construction industry is going robotic
The building site of the future is going to look very different to the one we are all used to today. Instead of men in high-visibility jackets and hard hats, there are going to be drones buzzing overhead, robotic bulldozers and 3D printers churning out new structures.

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Stephenson's Ottawa Prepares for Grand Opening
The newly renovated Stephenson’s Rental Services at 1537 Star Top Road is hosting a grand opening celebration on Thursday, June 16. The Stephenson’s staff will be joined by Mayor Jim Watson and City Councillor Tim Tierney as they welcome local contractors and do-it-yourself homeowners for a day full of prize giveaways, door-crasher deals, and a lunch barbeque. 

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World HVAC equipment demand to reach $122 Billion
Global demand for HVAC equipment is forecast to increase at a 4.1 percent yearly rate through 2020 to $122 billion, according to trends presented in World HVAC Equipment, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

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Green Tech Centre construction project to start soon near Squamish
The tech centre will include an office and relocated Carbon Engineering plant, a carbon-capture research company currently located in the blue warehouse at the far north end of the property, according to a spokesperson for the oceanfront developer, Newport Beach Developments. 

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Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?
Fueled by the wood products industry (a $200 billion market, if you include paper), sustainability issues, and emerging ideas from building science, wood buildings are no longer pastoral artifacts. According to many scientists and architects—and not a few wood lobbyists—they’re the future. But not everyone agrees.

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Incentives to retrofit buildings part of Ontario's $7-billion climate change plan
The Ontario government will spend more than $7-billion over four years on a sweeping climate change plan that will affect every aspect of life – from what people drive to how they heat their homes and workplaces – in a bid to slash the province’s carbon footprint.

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Self-healing concrete and sweaty roofs: is this the future of buildings?
Concrete that can fix itself, roofing that can sweat and surfaces inspired by carnivorous plants are some of the radical new technologies that hold the key to transforming the building industry, according to a new report.

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Ontario seeking feedback on construction health and safety awareness training
Ontario is consulting on proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act that would, if approved, require employers to ensure that workers performing construction work to which the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) applies complete a construction hazard awareness training program.

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Partners in Road Construction Safety urge Albertans to slow down
The Partners in Road Construction Safety (PIRCS) today launched their annual campaign asking Alberta drivers to take a pledge at VowToSlowDown.ca with the goal of engaging Alberta drivers to make a commitment to driving the posted speed limits in road construction zones.

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BC construction sites urged to beef up security after history of suspicious fires
There have been 462 fires at construction sites over the past decade across B.C.; blazes that killed two people, injured 16 and caused over $100 million in damages and losses.

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Powerline experts deliver key safety messages to construction workers
May 16 to 22 is Powerline Safety Week, and PowerStream has collaborated with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) to connect directly with front line workers on a local construction site to discuss safety precautions to take around powerlines.

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BOMA Calgary Excellence Awards Recipients
Commercial real estate professionals gathered in Calgary for the TransCanada BOMA Excellence Awards, held on May 12, 2016, at the Westin.

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Toronto woman first to receive new “Licensed Engineering Technologist” designation
Lisa Miller, C.E.T, LET, of Toronto, received Ontario’s first licensed engineering technologist (LET) designation today in a ceremony celebrating a successful collaboration between Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

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IAPMO joins WorldSkills as a Global Industry Partner
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAMPO) is now a Global Industry Partner. For 90 years, IAPMO has been working with government and industry to implement comprehensive plumbing and mechanical systems around the world. As a Global Industry Partner, IAPMO will expand its work of improving the health of people everywhere through the power of skills.

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No Toilets and No Lights: National Defence workers to use headlamps during building maintenance
Federal public servants and military staff will be issued with headlamps and bottled water in preparation for working in the dark at National Defence headquarters in Ottawa for three days later this month.

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The Patch Project: Toronto charity brings art to construction work sites
The Patch Project, part of the Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) initiative, is a non-profit that organizes art projects along construction fencing in the city.

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Two architects are building a house with bricks made from old construction waste
Nina Aalbers and her boyfriend Ferry in ‘t Veld, architecture graduates of the Technical University of Delft, found the perfect place to build their first house together. The twist? They’re building it from waste.

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This Dutch town will grow its own food, live off-grid, and handle its own waste
A new vision of a more sustainable 'integrated neighbourhood' community is being implemented in the Netherlands, with the first of a series of high-tech farm villages set to be completed next year. 

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Son of one of Malaysia's wealthiest tycoons planning Vancouver developments
After being chosen by his dad, Tony Tiah Thee Kian, to invest hundreds of millions in B.C. property, 36-year-old Joo Kim Tiah automatically became one of Vancouver's key development players as head of the Vancouver property development firm, the Holborn Group. 

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Government of Canada invests $57 million in Rideau Canal National Historic Site
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Minister responsible for Parks Canada and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, announced the installation of two paddle access points along the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.       

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Technology Marvels: A look at a way to light highways with light-emitting cement
Newly created material that can be used on highways absorbs solar energy, and returns it to the environment, it can last for up to 100 years, report scientists.

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A look at fabric-cast concrete as a construction method for the future
Carried out at the University of California, the Fabric Forms project involves pouring a concrete fibreglass mixture into Y-shaped Lycra sleeves stretched into position by six-axis robots.

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A look at the world's most bizarre properties
The Daily Mail out of the UK has a fun blog with photos on the world's most bizarre properties. Quite interesting to see the human creativity for design and architecture.

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