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CanSIA recognizes outstanding achievement in solar industry

The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) honoured its professionals and projects, such as the Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce in Edmonton, at its Game Changer Awards Gala last month. The awards recognize those who have shown excellence in service, leadership, and innovation over the last year.

Habitat for Humanity to build homes around the world in 80 days

Habitat for Humanity Canada volunteers will build homes across the globe as part of the organization’s new project, “Around the World in 80 Days.” From May 10 to August 29, 16 teams of volunteers will build new homes for 16 families in need across 14 locations.

Steel industry happenings in Alberta

The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) has been busy in Alberta presenting at the Tri-Party Conference, announcing finalists for its design awards, and showcasing new videos by the province’s manufacturers.

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Crossings Leisure Complex underway in Alberta

By Jarle Lovlin

Construction is now underway for a major recreational facility in Lethbridge that will feature much-needed multi-sport facilities and aquatic features for the southern Alberta community.

Diamond Schmitt Architects won a design competition for the $109-million Crossings Leisure Complex Phase 2. The plans include a major aquatics facility, field house, fitness centre, running track, and several gymnasiums, as well as an indoor playground, child-minding area, and multi-purpose rooms. The aquatics components include a …

A non-pedestrian design to attract pedestrians

The Askew’s Uptown supermarket in Salmon Arm, B.C., was the first phase of a 2.4-ha (6-acre) mixed-use development. The design makes timely statements about urban culture, community benefit, and environmental consciousness.

Niagara region hospital efficient in water and energy

Jointly designed by B+H Architects and Silver Thomas Hanley under Ontario’s Alternative Finance and Procurement (AFP) project model, the St. Catharines Hospital and Walker Family Cancer Centre has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

Using cold storage wall panels for the apple industry

Aging and outdated facilities, combined with higher food safety standards leading to rising production and operating costs, presented a need for a facility change for B.C. Tree Fruits Cooperative in the Okanagan region.

Insulating solid masonry for heritage projects

Many buildings with solid or load-bearing masonry walls employ interior insulation retrofit strategies as heritage significance precludes work from the exterior. However, adding insulation on the interior side of these solid walls may result in accelerated masonry freeze-thaw deterioration in addition to embedded metal corrosion (of lateral ties and supporting angles/structure) or wood joist rot.