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CSC Toronto readying to hit the links

The Toronto Chapter of CSC will be hosting its 28th annual golf tournament on Thursday, August 13; the ‘best ball’ game takes place at the Richmond Hill Golf Club.

Report analyzes link between Toronto condos and LEED

A new report on green condominiums in Toronto finds resale prices increase when projects are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified. TD Economics’ “The Market Benefits of Green Condos in Toronto” stated LEED-certified buildings represent an increasing share of new construction, including the condo market.

Hot-dip galvanizing award winners announced

The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) announced the winners of its 2015 Excellence in Hot-dip Galvanizing (HDG) Awards, including three Canadian projects. More than 100 projects were submitted representing the versatility of HDG.

KPMG survey finds construction industry affected by project failures

Auditing firm KPMG conducted a survey to senior construction leaders, and has concluded project failures weigh down on the industry and better collaboration efforts with contractors could help. “Global Construction Project Owners’ Survey: Climbing the Curve,” which targeted the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, was built on face-to-face interviews with 109 leaders—many of which were CEOs from organizations carrying out large construction projects worldwide.

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Glazing technology promises greater architectural freedom

One of the strategies employed by architects to increase (or regain lost) glazing area to meet the performance objectives of building energy codes and standards involves using established building envelope elements such as window louvres, fins, and shelves, along with emerging technologies such as vacuum-insulated glazing and panels (VIGs) and electrochromic (EC) glass.

The community health centre of the future

With an aging population and an unmanageable burden on most hospitals, the community health centre is an increasingly in-demand neighbourhood resource. Stretched regional and non-profit finances mean these new facilities are often asked to do double (or triple) duty, accommodating many needs and user groups. The challenge then falls to design teams to successfully integrate disparate building requirements—often under a tight move-in deadline determined by grant and funding deadlines.

Freestanding roof guard woes

HVAC equipment is generally installed on top of the flat roofs of industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings. The maintenance personnel sometimes are exposed to danger of falling if the units are close to the roof’s edges. In this case, a guardrail system is required. How do you know if it is sufficiently structurally secure?

Crossings Leisure Complex underway in Alberta

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.