Major Toronto mall makeover planned

Toronto’s Yorkdale mall is undergoing a $220-million expansion that includes more than 13,470.9 m2 (145,000 sf) of additional space, 40 stores, and more than 800 underground parking spaces. Additionally, the food court will re-locate to the third floor level of the former Eatons store. It will offer double the seats, 14 new food vendors, and will reduce waste by 85 per cent with reusable tableware.

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Canadian housing slows down in December

The nation’s housing starts dropped from 198,200 in November to 171,500 units the next month, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC). “Housing starts moved lower in December due to the multiple starts segment, especially in Ontario,” Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist, told Construction Canada Online.

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B.C. project wins AIA award

A British Columbia project has won an American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture. The first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum facility of its kind in the world, Vancouver Convention Centre West—designed by LMN Architects and Prime Architects: DA/MCM—occupies a former brownfield site on the downtown waterfront.

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Ontario adopts MPI manuals

The Ontario Painting Contractors Association (OPCA) has adopted the Master Painters Institute’s (MPI’s) painting manual and Approved Products List to ensure all contractors, interior designers, architects, facility owners, and paint suppliers across Canada will operate from the same frame of reference.

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