Friday, October 18, 2019

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Ontario launches unsolicited infrastructure proposals framework

    TORONTO — The Ontario government is launching a new framework for receiving and evaluating infrastructure proposals from the private sector. Unsolicited proposals (USP) are proposals to the government that were not requested...

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DataBid Blog – $150 million Ontario grid control centre proposed for Orillia

    Hydro One is investing $150 million in a new state-of-the-art Ontario grid control centre in West Orillia. Mayor Steve Clarke stated that this investment is one of the most significant in Orillia's history and it would bring a...

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Video purports to show concerns days before Hard Rock hotel collapse in New Orleans

    As reported on CBSnews.com, speculation mounted Wednesday about possible causes of the weekend collapse of the half-built Hard Rock Café in New Orleans, reports the CBS affiliate here, WWL-TV. As authorities shifted from rescue...

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UK architects transform apartment using pods instead of walls

    As blogged on New Atlas, London based architectural studio Suprblk has transformed an apartment inside an old biscuit factory by incorporating bespoke pods instead of walls. The smart space-saving design means the occupants can...

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Ground breaks for new HEC Montréal building in the downtown business district

    MONTRÉAL, Oct. 17, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - HEC Montréal started construction of its new building in the business district this morning, with the traditional ground-breaking ceremony. The event was attended by Hélène Desmarais,...

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New Zealand’s defective concrete crisis revealed by investigators

    As blogged on Stuff.co.nz, new imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. Concrete investigators say their scanning shows many buildings have...

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Are concrete blocks the next batteries?

    As blogged on PopularMechanics.com, in August 2019, the Japanese multinational holding firm SoftBank invested $110 million in Swiss company Energy Vault. It was a major boon for the company, which has a somewhat unique take on...

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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...

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Join the building safety community in Las Vegas for the International Code Council Annual Conference

    Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council is hosting its 2019 Annual Conference, Code Hearings, and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 20 – 30, 2019. The event brings together professionals from every sector of...

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Built by robots – This Swiss company could change the construction industry forever

    As blogged by the World Economic Forum, erecting a new building ranks among the most inefficient, polluting activities humans undertake. The construction sector is responsible for nearly 40% of the world’s total energy...

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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...

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City of Niagara Falls snubs citizens stuck with crumbling subdivision

    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Oct. 15, 2019 /CNW/ - A group of concerned seniors who have identified serious, and in some cases, life threatening deficiencies in the construction of their 70-unit condominium subdivision have been treated...

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Regional Group and Fengate announce new partnership to develop purpose-built-rental apartments in Ottawa

    OTTAWA, Oct. 16, 2019 /CNW/ - Regional Group of Companies ("Regional Group") and Fengate Asset Management ("Fengate") are pleased to announce a partnership to develop two new residential rental and retail buildings in Old...

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CRA combating underground economy with Home Depot purchase records

    As reported on Global News, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is trying to use information from Home Depot customers to crack down on the underground economy. The company sent out letters to customers who have a...

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Exhibit examines Edmonton’s unrealized buildings

    As reported in the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton is home to only a handful of architectural feats that could truly be labelled iconic. Among them are the Muttart Conservatory, the Walterdale Bridge and the Alberta...

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