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Civil Engineering & Infrastructure

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Concrete

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Design Build | CM | GC

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Equipment

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Green Building

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Specialty Contracting

August 2021

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Culture at Massive Scale

BEAR Construction — By Dan Scanlon

The Old Chicago Post Office is a massive building spanning 2.5 million square feet across three city blocks, all of which stood unused and (…)

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A Green Response to the Housing Crisis

By David O'Neill

In March and April of 2020, the US economy lost almost 22 million jobs across all sectors, leaving the unemployment rate at 14.7%. Almost (…)

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Solid Foundations for a Long Lasting Legacy: Respect,...

Shannon Construction — By Joanne Kelter

Among all the hype about technological developments in construction, an important point about how the industry actually works cannot be overstated: it all begins (…)

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Built to Last

Forterra — By Dan Scanlon

Sustainability needs to be more than just a vague goal for a company – it has to become part of its ethos. It is (…)

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Pipe Material Selection Greatly Reduces Excess Soil C...

CCPPA — By Paul Imm, P.Eng

In December 2019, the Province of Ontario announced that they were phasing in a new regulation under the Environmental Protection Act that, in addition (…)

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Simplified Supply Chain Solutions

Command Alkon — By Dan Scanlon

Logistics has long been the Gordian knot of the construction industry. A wild tangle of processes, the inherent complexity of supply chains and their iron-clad importance to every aspect (…)

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The Difference is Creativity

Proform Construction Products — By Dan Scanlon

An abundance of creativity is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when describing the attributes of a leading precast concrete manufacturer. (…)

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Making Every Journey

IECS — By Joanne Kelter

In construction, it is often said that the best solutions are the simplest—the most direct and straightforward. According to Vice President Greg Arvai, Ontario (…)

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Answering the Green Question

USGBC — By David O'Neill

The road to improvement is one that comes with many questions. Regardless of the context or topic, self-reflection and planning is a vital component (…)

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Creating History

Plastics Pipe Institute — By David O'Neill

Within certain sectors of the construction industry, there seems to be a resistance to change. Heritage and reputation are hard won commodities and, regardless (…)

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Growth Through Diversity

S3 Precast — By David O'Neill

Changing directions and incorporating new product lines is nothing new in the construction industry, or any other for that matter. Businesses are at the (…)

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Pipeline to Success

NAPF — By Dan Scanlon

Industries develop on unique paths. The story of the United States can, in one way, be told as the story of intrepid people forging (…)

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No Shortcuts

NSG Life Safety — By Joanne Kelter

“We don’t take shortcuts,” says Daniel J. Chauvin because, as he explains, “there are no shortcuts with life safety”. As President of NSG Life (…)

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Ready to Lead Change

Plasson USA — By David O'Neill

Modern markets, particularly those within the construction industry, move at their own pace. Each one dances to its own specific beat, reacting and evolving (…)

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Strength Through Innovation

QuakeWrap — By Ross Walsh

When asked about being awarded Life Member status by the national American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Prof. Mo Ehsani responds jokingly “That just (…)

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Prodigious Projects on the Prairies

Inland Pipe and Ocean Pipe — By Dan Scanlon

The Prairies cover an almost inconceivable stretch of land across Western Canada. At nearly 690,000 square miles, you could fit France inside with some (…)

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Growth with Integrity

Insulated Roofing Contractors — By David O'Neill

In order to be successful, a business must be ready to meet multiple demands from an array of sources. These demands; such as products (…)

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Exoskeletons – Where Science Fiction Meets Construction

By David O'Neill

In an ideal scenario, health and safety would not need to be a consideration in a professional setting. The idea of risking your life, (…)

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Smart Cities

By David O'Neill

While nations are at various stages of what is evidently a non-linear and inequitable recovery, the trajectory is finally, moving forward. After eighteen exhausting (…)

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Augmented Reality – The Future is Visual

By David O'Neill

Industry leaders within the construction world know how to get things done. In fact, given that buildings and structures have been around as long (…)