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Edmonton's first shipping-container apartment building now under construction
The containers were modified in Calgary and prefabricated into apartments. They are then shipped to Edmonton and stacked together. The building's three storeys are expected to take a little more than a day to erect.

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EllisDon Awarded Contract for 81 Bay at Bay Park Centre in Toronto
Located at 81 and 141 Bay Street, EllisDon is underway with preconstruction services for 81 Bay, a 49-storey state-of-the-art building, which is a joint development project by global real estate firms Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines.

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Vancouver General Hospital wing renamed in honour of developer Leon Judah Blackmore after $18M donation
VGH and UBC say the money will be put toward a cardiology diagnostic centre, men's health, a hybrid operating room and a sleep disorders program.

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Have scientists discovered the cure for potholes?
Self-healing asphalt has been tested on 12 different roads in the Netherlands, and one of these has been functioning and open to the public since 2010.

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Architect Guide: 8 Ways to Make Better Concept Models
Concept models are a great way to shape a project at critical moments. They can be used as sketches to start things off, mid-process tests to elaborate or refine an idea or as physical diagrams to distill a project for final presentations. 

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2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize announces shortlisted projects
The Prize, which was established in 2014 by Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama along with the RAIC and the RAIC Foundation, consists of a monetary award of CAD $100,000 and a handcrafted sculpture designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew. 

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Vancouver to revive Hogan's Alley community with help of American architect
Hogan's Alley was a four-block long dirt lane that formed the nucleus of Vancouver's first concentrated African-Canadian community.

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A look at Kinetic buildings for the 21st century
KINETIC buildings can reposition parts of their structure to change their appearance, to create different useable space or to respond to environmental conditions.

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Quebec construction workers will offer flooded residents fair value for work
The Quebec government will provide home and business owners hit by the floods with a list of qualified entrepreneurs who are committed to working at a fair price as reconstruction work begins.

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TV renovation contractor pleads guilty to 22 charges in Calgary
In 2014, customers submitted complaints that he wasn’t following through on the work they paid him for and, soon after, he placed all of his companies into bankruptcy, taking $5 million from 22 Calgary homeowners and leaving them with unfinished work.

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City of Ottawa and construction consortium served with $100K lawsuit over Rideau sinkhole
Starwood Capital Group Inc., which owns and operates the Westin Hotel in downtown Ottawa, alleges the city and Rideau Transit Group were negligent and failed to take necessary precautions at the LRT site during construction at the tunnel's entrance. 

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Bizarre: Montreal contractor paves around car
An unpaved section of a Montreal street has become the subject of ridicule online, stirring controversy over how the city handles construction projects.

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A look at the proposed design for the Obama presidential center in Chicago
The museum, housing exhibition space as well as education and meeting rooms, will be the tallest of the three structures, reaching as high as 180 feet. It will be clad in a light-colored stone and will serve as a 'lantern' for the complex.

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Finalists chosen to redesign Nepean Point in Ottawa
Four design teams have been chosen as finalists to reimagine Nepean Point in downtown Ottawa, the home of a prominent statue of explorer Samuel de Champlain.

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Marriott hotels turn to prefab for more efficient construction
The prefab option appeals to Marriott primarily for economic reasons: When building dozens of structures a year, it has the potential to be cheaper and more efficient—especially since the buildings across Marriott’s brands follow essentially the same layout. 

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A look at the winners of the 2017 Alberta Steel Design Awards
The 2017 Alberta Steel Design Awards of Excellence showcased exceptional steel design for projects in 6 categories at the awards gala May 4th in Edmonton.

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Office buildings sway, and scientists are now studying how it affects us
Researchers at the University of Bath and the University of Exeter recently announced a five-year, government funded project designed to study “the impact of vibrations from very tall buildings and wobbly bridges and floors on people’s health and wellbeing” at a “government-funded national research facility.”

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BIM One concludes a strategic investment with WSP to speed the development and marketing of its innovative BIM Track® software solution
Virtual Construction and Technologies BIM One Inc. ('BIM One') is proud to announce the signing of a substantial financial investment with WSP Global Inc. ('WSP'), one of the world's leading engineering firms.

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A look at a lightweight prefab wood framing system that is assembled without nails
With this system, the houses are constructed in timber completely without screws, by simply using interlocking connections in the installation.

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Smart Buildings: The buildings of the future may think for themselves
While building technologies have been around for some time, they're now being used successfully in different ways. Today, they can offer a glimpse look into the future, as they allow us to predict maintenance requirements.

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Ritchie Bros. holds record-breaking auction in Toronto
More than 4,500 people from across Canada and 48 other countries registered to bid in the auction last week in Toronto. Approximately 64 percent of the equipment was sold to Ontario buyers (by dollar value); 16 percent was sold to international buyers from countries such as Poland, the United Kingdom and China.

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Self-Operating Construction Machines Part of Shifting Workforce
Heavy industry vehicles that can operate at least partially without human input are rumbling onto the construction industry landscape.

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Opinion: Why the construction industry may be robot-proof
When the market is generally expanding and homebuilders are able to make profits by doing business as usual, there isn’t much impetus for change.

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Augmented reality in construction lets you see through walls
This magic hat, the DAQRI Smart Helmet, is a wearable augmented-reality system being developed for use in industrial fabrication industries—especially the building and construction industry. 

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CaGBC launches Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Standard
New Standard represents the next evolution of green building innovation necessary to meet Canada’s emission reductions targets.

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Are homes and buildings the key to unlocking clean growth in Canada?
Growing awareness of the need to reduce carbon emissions and use energy wisely and efficiently in our homes and buildings represents a golden opportunity.

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Gas vs. electricity? Comparing home heating costs in B.C.
Heating your home with electricity instead of natural gas reduces carbon and other air pollution. While gas is cleaner burning than heating oil, it is far more polluting (around 17 times more) than our electricity, which comes mostly from hydro.

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1st Certified Passive House PLUS slated to start construction in Vancouver
The City of Vancouver is getting it's first building achieving the stringent Passive House PLUS standard combining highest energy efficiency and electric energy production in a progressive designed single family residence.

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Drinking water does not meet Health Canada guidelines at new DND headquarters in Ottawa
Employees at the Department of National Defence’s new Ottawa headquarters have been told not to drink water at the site after recent tests showed it contained unacceptably high levels of lead and chemicals.

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Ontario government introduces Construction Health and Safety Action Plan
The Construction Health and Safety Action Plan contains 16 recommendations to create a more knowledgeable, skilled sector and to increase the sector's compliance with occupational health and safety laws.

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Construction Owners Association of Alberta honors Waiward Steel for commitment to safety
Waiward believes in the professional development of its workers and tracking competency to ensure that they are the most efficient, safe and capable workers in the industry. 

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Vancouver police step up enforcement in support of roadside worker safety
Today, the Vancouver Police Department is partnering with the Work Zone Safety Alliance and WorkSafeBC to kick off the seventh annual B.C. Cone Zone Campaign with an enforcement blitz at a roadside worksite on Burrard Street in Vancouver. Last year, one roadside worker died on the job and 21 were injured and missed time at work.

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American Society of Interior Designers & Interior Designers of Canada to Launch New Joint Magazine
New magazine to represent a unified voice for the international interior design profession.

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Bob Hildenbrandt to Co-Chair Lean Construction Institute of Canada
In his address to the annual general meeting, Bob highlighted Lean’s importance and the momentum that it is experiencing in Canada and worldwide. “As a newcomer to this council, it has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm about Lean in our industry. 

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Canadian Steel construction industry applauds Senate passage of Bill S-224
The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) applauds and thanks all Senators for their leadership in passing Bill S-224 after third reading in the Senate yesterday.

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SWANA and ASTSWMO to collaborate on recycling, food waste, and education
SWANA and ASTSWMO will initially focus on recycling, food waste, and education, and intend to develop strategies that provide reciprocal awareness of each association within the other association’s membership.

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'Flintstones House' in a San Francisco suburb has finally found a buyer
Known by Bay Area locals as the 'Flintstones House' for its kooky attributes, the house was originally listed for $4.2 million in 2015. 

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1970s highway in Seoul starts new life as greenery-filled walkway
The Seoullo 7017 Skygarden is located in the heart of Seoul and can be thought of as a South Korean take on NYC's High Line. It involved the renovation of a 1970s-era highway overpass into a 983 m (3,225 ft)-long public attraction.

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Texas skyscraper shutting down exterior lights after massive bird strike
On the morning of May 5th, the Galveston Police Department were called to the American National Insurance Company’s 23-story skyscraper, where they found a horrifying sight: nearly 400 songbirds collided with the building overnight, killing all but three.

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Strange but True: Architects want to put skyscrapers inside hollowed-out Giant Sequoia trees
Four South Korean architects say the Sequoia's massive size would make them perfect homes for skyscrapers. 

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