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Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) executive director/CEO Walter Marlowe, PE, will be stepping down after eight years in December. The association has announced his interim replacement will be Greg Ceton, CSI, CDT—a CSC Honourary member.
On September 19, the Holcim Foundation announced the winning projects for its North American awards in Toronto. The program, held every three years, honours “innovative, future-oriented and tangible construction projects”—that have not yet been built.
A new ASTM Standard aims to address incompatibility issues of new concrete production materials.
Last month, construction/project management firm EllisDon participated in a study on the effects of formwork pressure when using self-consolidating concrete (SCC).
Courthouses were historically centrepieces of municipal life, both literally and figuratively. Located in the heart of communities, these buildings formed the core of a city’s civic governance, ensuring peace, justice, and good order. This stature was reflected in the buildings, which were commonly impressive stone and wood edifices designed around a ‘live’ acoustical environment allowing judges and participants to hear everything. However, as the years brought modern technology and evolving needs, these once grand spaces often became closed-in rooms with little natural light, where it became increasingly difficult for occupants to hear the proceedings.
Noise is a well-documented problem in hospitals. In a 2007 study of two facilities, no less than 86 different sources were listed, including patients, staff and visitors talking, and the cacophony produced by televisions, alarms, carts, and doors, along with medical and mechanical equipment.
Construction surveys are suggesting building information modelling (BIM) is experiencing strong, continuing growth in use by stakeholders throughout the industry. This means BIM is being employed by more practitioners to document greater project scopes for increasingly diverse purposes over extended project phases.
By David Casal Founded in 1877 as Western Canada’s first university, the University of Manitoba is the province’s only research-intensive, post-secondary institution. With comprehensive postgraduate and undergraduate programs, its Winnipeg campus hosts more than 27,000 students daily in over 90 separate disciplines. For the past three years, Simon Wang has served as facilities manager/director. He is responsible for the maintenance of more than 46,451 m2 (500,000 sf) of athletic and recreational facilities and equipment at U of M. Recently, this included the $3-million renovation of the main locker rooms at the Frank Kennedy Centre (FKC).
By Kevin Hutchings Harley-Davidson, the iconic motorcycle manufacturer, is known worldwide as not just a brand, but also a lifestyle. After serving customers for two decades in a 668-m2 (7200-sf) building that tripled as a showroom, service shop, and warehouse, the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson in Windsor, Ont., had outgrown its space. Owners Chris and Carol O’Neil purchased a nearby building, and the new 576-m2 (6200-sf) space was renovated. This addition served as the service department and warehouse for the next several years. However, by early 2013, the dealership once again needed to expand. The existing showroom was too small, the low...