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Canadian building permits on the rise

According to Statistics Canada, municipalities across the country issued building permits totalling $9.2 billion in July—up nearly 12 per cent from June. In the fourth consecutive month with an increase, the July building permits rise is being attributed to multi-family dwellings in Ontario and British Columbia, as well as institutional projects in Manitoba.

BIM training launched at Toronto college

Toronto’s George Brown College has launched the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Technology and Processes Adoption Support project, offering training to construction industry professionals. The program will educate participants on how to use BIM for designing, constructing, managing, and operating sustainable buildings. It will be available for small and medium-sized construction firms to receive information on the various tools and applications available through BIM technology. Facilitated through the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies, the college’s BIM Lab will be the site of education regarding software, hardware, and processes.

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University of Manitoba Fitness Facility Expansion Underway

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).

Revved up renovation for Windsor Harley-Davidson facility

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...

Understanding Changes to International Quality Standards

The application of international standards to building and infrastructure projects is a relatively new phenomenon in Canada. While many architecture, engineering, and construction firms use International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards to improve their business practices, it is generally something industry leaders embrace for a competitive advantage, rather than something used across the board.

Installing Large-format Ceramic Tile and Stone

By Steve Taylor Today, the ceramic and natural stone tiles used for floors and walls are bigger and heavier than ever before. Gone are the days of floors routinely set with 304 x 304-mm (12 x 12-in.) units. Architects, designers, and end-users now appreciate the clean, monolithic look of large-format tile on building projects. Options for large tiles come in all shapes and styles, from traditional stone to contemporary porcelains; they include planks that simulate wood, and units as large as 1.5 x 3 m (5 x 10 ft). This explosion of tile sizes, densities, and compositions has created a need...

Evolution of Cork Flooring: From pushpins to fashion-forward design

By Tino Couto Cork flooring has evolved over the past few years. Today, it comes in various styles, textures, and modern finishes. While it continues to offer builders, architects, and specifiers many design benefits, it has morphed from its early pushpin board days into a durable flooring choice with powerful esthetic potential. Cork is a 100 percent natural, renewable resource and, contrary to popular belief, it is not going extinct. Cork is harvested from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, which means no trees are ever cut down or damaged for a harvest. The outer bark is carefully collected...