The Kitchener (Ont.) city council voted seven-three against protecting the distinctive concrete façade of a former Sears building with a heritage designation. The 53-year-old building was built in the Kennedy-era international style.
In the Mile End neighbourhood of Montréal, a storefront space and basement was transformed by Thomas Balaban Architect’s (TBA) into a 345-m2 (3714-sf) mixed-use building. The structure is now home to the Pierrefonds Animal Hospital (HVdP), a Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) emergency clinic, and four residential units in and on top of a small, abandoned photo studio.
A mid-rise construction project in Cambridge, Ont., opted for composite floors and cold-formed steel walls. Steel framing was combined with offsite construction techniques to fully capitalize on tighter tolerances and precision assembly processes.
A new study by the Toronto and Area Road Builders Association (TARBA) finds many municipalities in Ontario have policies prohibiting or severely limiting the use of recycled asphalt and concrete in road construction and other public works.
There is one thing you can count on with basements: given enough time, cracks will appear. Every crack tells a different story, but whatever the cause they need to be dealt with quickly, to avoid further damage.
On October 2, the Toronto Chapter will have a dinner meeting at Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club. Paul Giangualano (BNE Contractors) will present on “Polished Concrete: Understanding, Specifying and Verifying.”
Below-grade shotcrete walls have historically been susceptible to water intrusion. The article explores the challenges associated with waterproofing below-grade walls at property lines and recent technical developments to improve watertightness.