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Mid-rise workshop coming to Ontario

The Canadian Wood Council’s WoodWorks program is hosting mid-rise workshops at three locations throughout Ontario in early March. On March 3, the group will hold its first workshop at the Delta London Armouries in London, Ont., followed by events March 4 at the Paramount Event Venue in Woodbridge (in the Greater Toronto Area [GTA]), and on March 5 at Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa.

PCI accepting entries for 2015 Design Awards

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI’s) 53rd annual design competition is now open for architects and engineers to submit their projects for judging. The awards program recognizes excellence, innovation, and construction quality using precast concrete in structural design. A panel of industry experts will judge entries based on creativity and ingenuity in the use of precast concrete achieving aesthetic expression, function, economy, and sustainability.

SP2/CCA workshops in Toronto

Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) is hosting two five-day workshops in Toronto next month. From March 9 to 13, Specifier 2 (SP2) and Construction Contract Administrator (CCA) courses will be held at the Eaton Chelsea Toronto (formerly the Delta Chelsea).

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St. Jerome University residence renewal

Last April, work on the renewal of the 150-year old St. Jerome’s University (SJU) at University of Waterloo began. For the Southwestern Ontario project, a new collaborative design process is being used to realize the campus expansion.

Specialty metal ceiling system improves Toronto subway station

By Isabelle Champagne As part of Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC’s) renovation of Islington Subway Station, a snap-in specialty metal ceiling assembly was selected to meet the performance, appearance, longevity, and ease of installation requirements. The master specification developed for the station serves as the basis for all ceiling replacement needs in TTC stations scheduled for renovation.

Unlocking architectural hardware in Vancouver

At its luncheon meeting on Thursday, February 12, the Vancouver Chapter of CSC is hosting a technical presentation on door hardware. The discussion, led by Allegion Canada’s April Wells, DHI, CDC, TR AHC, will pose important questions that must be answered to ensure the proper materials are being specified for a project

Do You Have Your OMS?

The time requirements, and likely the initial cost, are the main obstacles to firms having their own office master specifications (OMS). However, it need not be such a frightening endeavour. In this article, I would like to share my experience, and show how having your own master specs can be achieved in a manner relatively easier than one might expect.