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April 10, 2014

Lafarge’s research tackles cement’s “bad boy” image

For years cement has been the environmental bad boy of the construction industry.

April 9, 2014

The CO2 conundrum — one Halifax firm thinks it found the cure

Sometimes, it’s necessary to step back from a problem, then take a different route to its solution.

April 8, 2014

Partnership targets affordable and sustainable housing

When Lafarge, the international cement and concrete giant, decided to build a duplex dwelling in Edmonton for Habitat for Humanity, there was quite a bit of comment among those who watch things like advances in “green” technologies.

April 8, 2014

Modern concrete gives bridge a second life

From a distance, the Canadian Niagara Power Forebay Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ont. looked as it did when it was completed in 1905.

April 7, 2014

Glass fibre concrete wrap use in construction waiting for a break out role, says expert

Wrapping concrete beams, walls, slabs and columns with a fibre-reinforced polymer or using fibre rods as rebar has proved to increase load capacity and prevent cracking and degradation but breaking the price barrier remains elusive, says one expert.

April 7, 2014

Unique formwork system used in Bay-Adelaide East Tower project

A good eye will notice something different about the construction of the 47-storey Bay-Adelaide East Tower in downtown Toronto.

March 28, 2014

Windsor concrete dive tower requires innovation in design and construction

After 18 years in the business of concrete forming, civil engineer Dennis Schincariol still comes across the occasional job that throws a new curveball his way.

March 20, 2014

Kingston's Anchor Concrete wins award

Anchor Concrete Products of Kingston, Ont. recently earned a first place award in the annual Creative Use of Precast Awards competition sponsored by the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) for work on the Highway 407 East Expansion project in Whitby, Ont.

March 7, 2014

Robot-powered construction revolution

It’s probably safe to say that the development of robot technology is likely to change the face of the construction industry more than any other single technology that’s in the pipeline.

February 20, 2014

L.A. project set record for continuous pour

A Los Angeles project laying the foundation for the tallest building west of the Mississippi has broken the world record for the largest continuous concrete pour, a Guinness World Records adjudicator said Sunday.

March 12, 2010

Going green makes green sense for Ready Mixers as demand grows

Taking green-friendly design seriously is smart business for member plants of the Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO) these days.

March 12, 2010

Workers reinstall original bricks from 1925 car dealership on the face of a new Toronto condo

Cameras are a masonry heritage contractor’s best friend when dismantling, cataloguing and storing historic building faades and architectural details.

March 12, 2010

Artist transforms his land into a gallery of concrete sculptures

About 50 kilometes north of Huntsville, Ont., Peter Camani is perfecting his castle — a real-life concrete structure the artist and sculptor has been working on for almost three decades.

March 12, 2010

A ballet of tight timing and logistics on Hospital for Sick Children Research Tower in Toronto

The concrete component of the new $419 million Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Tower in downtown Toronto is a tightly choreographed team effort. Construction by EllisDon Corp. is scheduled for completion in 2013.

March 12, 2010

Institute for Research in Construction tests new concrete mix

A new high-performance concrete mix developed by researchers at the Institute for Research in Construction holds out the possibility of extending the life of bridge decks by as much as 20 years over decks fabricated from ordinary high-strength concretes.

March 12, 2010

Century limestone landmark at St. Michael Catholic School in Belleville being restored

The Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is going the extra mile to restore its early 20th century limestone school, a landmark on the main street of Belleville.

March 12, 2010

Boring machine ‘Big Becky’ nears completion on Niagara Tunnel project

Excavation of the tunnel by Big Becky, a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) with a 14.44-metre-diameter drill profile, has been underway since 2006 and is scheduled for completion at an Ontario Power Generation facility near Niagara Falls this April.

March 12, 2010

Dome, sweet dome: going back to the future

The Great Lakes Dome Company has more than a dozen construction projects under its belt, most of them residential. The technology used to build the domes allows for the construction of buildings up to 1,000 feet in diameter.

March 12, 2010

Graduate took a shine to polishing concrete

For Lucas Rolland of Grimsby, Ont.-based Contemporary Concrete Solutions, each concrete polishing job is a business card for the company’s next project.

March 12, 2010

War Memorial arch in Woodstock, Ontario is restored

Mississauga-based Roof Tile Management spent over three months restoring and rebuilding a First World War memorial in Woodstock, Ontario about five metres away from its original location. Pow Petermann Consulting Engineers was the consultant and the city received a grant from the Department of National Defence.

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