From May 25 to May 29, design/construction professionals from across the country gathered in Halifax for the CSC Conference 2016, hosted by the Atlantic Chapter. The event was titled “Building on History”—a fitting expression that illustrated not only the type of educational sessions and social activities available, but also the very nature of CSC as an association.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2016 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. For the biennial award, 12 projects across the country were selected by a jury of industry professionals. The projects reflect connection, revitalization, and experimentation.
Construction Specifications Canada’s (CSC’s) Atlantic chapter is hosting the 2016 national conference in Halifax from May 25 to 29. The event will attract design/construction professionals from across the continent to participate in technical sessions, network, and attend “The Changing Role of the Halifax Waterfront in the New Urban Century”—keynote address by Andy Fillmore.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has honoured Brian MacKay-Lyons with the 2015 Gold Medal. This award is the highest recognition given by RAIC to Canadian architects who have made a significant and long-lasting contribution to the country’s architecture. MacKay-Lyons was selected to be the winner by a jury of five industry professionals.
The Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) has entered an agreement with the B.C. Construction Association (BCCA) to implement online procurement technology for its projects. The online system, which was devised in British Columbia, replaces the traditional sealed envelope system and is intended to enable fair, open procurement for public agencies.
Nova Scotia’s south shore is notable for its deeply forested landscape and rolling hills overlooking the many bays along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Therefore, it was a natural choice for a new lifestyle centre in Lunenburg County, where the locals have a long-standing connection to the timber industry.
Halifax’s Omar Gandhi Architect firm has been selected as the winner of the Canada Council for the Arts 2014 Prix de Rome prize. This award honours the outstanding achievement of a young Canadian architect or firm with $50,000 to further develop skills and their creative practice.
For more than a century, the Dingle Memorial Tower overlooking the panoramic landscape of Halifax’s Northwest Arm has been a popular destination for not only the local community, but also countless visitors from beyond. In 1908, Sir Sandford Fleming donated to Haligonians the 38.5-ha (95-acre) Dingle Park, which gets its name from an Old English word meaning ‘wooded dell or valley.’ He proposed a monument should be erected there to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first elected government in the British Empire (outside the Mother Country), which had taken place in Nova Scotia in 1758.
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