Toronto project wins education award from AIA

Toronto’s TELUS Centre for the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) has been honoured by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE).

This year, 13 educational and cultural facility winners were selected in the U.S.-based group’s Educational Facility Design Awards.

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Manitoba renews roads and bridges

The province of Manitoba has announced it will spend $4 billion to overhaul its aging roads and bridges in the second phase of its 10-year “Highway Renewal Plan.”

More than 1100 km (684 mi) of highway will be improved this year, and a full inventory review of roads damaged during the flood of 2011 is underway, with crews already restoring infrastructure to its earlier condition.

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Ontario architect awards go beyond the province

A museum, a library, and two universities’ shared pharmaceutical school were among the winning projects in the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Celebration of Excellence Awards. For the first time, the program extended beyond the province, recognizing the work of Ontario architects outside its borders.

Selected from more than 150 submissions, 15 new buildings—including those in Montréal, Vancouver, and Ithaca, N.Y.—were honoured as leading examples of design.

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New standards for responsibly sourced aggregates

A new non-profit organization will develop voluntary certification standards for responsibly sourced sand, stone, and gravel.

Socially and Environmentally Responsible Aggregate (SERA) will collaborate with not-for-profit group Environmental Defence and manufacturer Holcim Canada to create, administer, and promote widespread support for certification of responsibly sourced construction materials.

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Increase in industry jobs this year

Half of Canadian construction and property (C&P) companies will be hiring this year, according to the firm, Hays Specialist Recruitment.

“The response to the 2011 Canadian Salary Guide was brilliant this year and we were able to gather some really useful data and industry insight,” Rowan O’Grady, Hays Canada president, told Construction Canada Online.

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Calgary school gets project management program

Last month, the University of Calgary’s (U of C’s) Schulich School of Engineering launched the Centre for Project Management Excellence (CPME)—a program for education, training, and research.

“Projects have become more complex and the business climate more competitive,” explained Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura, director of the centre and Canada Research Chair in Project Management Systems.

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Ontario projects win for steel designs

A major hotel, river bridge, and a border crossing facility were among this year’s Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) winning projects in the 21st Ontario Steel Design Awards.

“The awards are to share and recognize steel design and innovation excellence—helping to keep the Ontario industry on the leading edge,” Suja John, CISC’s Ontario regional manager, told Construction Canada Online.

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