RAIC announces inaugural Young Architect Award-winner

Architecture Canada’s first Young Architect Award has been given to Taymoore Balbaa, MRAIC, OAA, M.Arch, B.Es, LEED AP, for his excellence in design and leadership, and service to the profession. “I am honoured to be the inaugural winner of this award, and humbled by the suggestion that I am a role model for younger architects,” Balbaa told Construction Canada Online.

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2011 MasterFormat updates

CSC and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) have announced more than 100 updates to MasterFormat as part of the organization standard’s annual revision cycle.

The most significant update to MasterFormat involves re-organization of the Concrete Reinforcing section under Division 03–Concrete.

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Downtown Toronto readying for new university building

Once the site of the famous Sam the Record Man building, the Toronto intersection of Yonge and Gould Streets will soon be home to Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre.

Designed in collaboration between Toronto-based Zeidler Partnership Architects and Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway, the 14,443-m2 (155,463-sf) building will draw students and visitors in with bright, open, barrier-free spaces for individual and group studying.

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Commercial construction revenues return to normal

Commercial and industrial construction revenues will return to almost pre-recession levels due to increased spending, according to the Conference Board of Canada’s Winter 2011 forecast.

“Following two years of decline, industry revenues and profits are on the rise again,” said Michael Burt, associate director of Industrial Economic Trends.

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British Columbia recognizes excellence in wood design

A footbridge, an aquatic centre, and a domed carousel were among the winning projects in this year’s Wood Works B.C. Wood Design Awards.

Recognizing leadership and innovation in wood use, while encouraging continued excellence in the building and design community, 82 projects were entered from across the province, as well as some national and international submissions.

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Toronto-based firm wins RAIC architectural award

Architecture Canada/Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has named Toronto-based Montgomery Sisam Architects as the recipient of its Architectural Firm Award. The company was cited for its quality of architecture, service to clients, innovations in practice, contributions to architectural education, professional institutions, and associations, and public recognition.

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B.C. city earns first Blue Community title

Burnaby, B.C., has been named the country’s first Blue Community by the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

A Blue Community “is one that treats water as belonging to no one, and the responsibility of all. Because water is central to human activity, it must be governed by principles that allow for reasonable use, equal distribution and responsible treatment in order to preserve water for nature and future generations.”

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Journal of Commerce celebrates 100 years

The Journal of Commerce (JOC) will commemorate its 100th anniversary in June.

“We’re truly excited and grateful to embark upon this monumental occasion to celebrate 100 years of service to the construction profession in Canada,” said Mark Casaletto, vice president and general manager for the publication’s company, Reed Construction Data (RCD) Canada.

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Canadian project shines in metal construction competition

A Canadian art gallery won the Overall Excellence award in the Metal Construction Association’s (MCA’s) 2010 President’s Awards. Edmonton’s 7897-m2 (85,000-sf) Art Gallery of Alberta includes 5574 m2 (60,000 sf) of zinc with a quartzite backing, 4682 m2 (50,400 sf) of coil-applied stainless steel, 2090 m2 (22,500 sf) of painted aluminum, and high-performance glazing.

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Canadian housing starts expected to recover

After lagging behind in the second half of 2010, housing starts are forecast to stabilize this year and next, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC’s) first-quarter report, “Housing Market Outlook–Canada.” Housing starts are expected to range between 157,300 to 192,900 units this year, with a point forecast of 177,600 units.

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