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Architects, engineers and the wood industry celebrated upcoming changes to the Ontario Building Code permitting the construction of wood framed buildings up to six stories.
Ontario breaks the timber ceilingA silent cheer went up in John Stephenson’s office with the news in late September that six-storey wood-framed buildings will be permitted in Ontario starting in January.“We’ve been waiting for this with baited breath for quite a while,” said Stephenson, a partner with the award-winning FORM Architecture Engineering of Thunder Bay.“As a designer of wood buildings, I’m itching to roll up my sleeves.”Many architects, engineers and wood industry types were celebrating changes to the Ontario Buildi...


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Canadore’s ICAMP takes innovation to new heights
Walk into the reception area of Canadore College’s ICAMP facility and you’ll meet “Baxter.”With his largely chunky arms and kindly, expressive cartoon eyes peering from a computer monitor face, he’s the unofficial ambassador and greeter at the Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing.Supplied b...
Sudbury’s domed church to be complete next summer
By summer 2015, Sudbury’s first monolithic dome structure will be complete and operational.The building, which will become the new home of All Nations Church, got the go-ahead earlier this fall when Northern Credit Union agreed to front the organization the roughly $2.3 million it would take to com...
Construction associations pursue prompt payment legislation
A new coalition of Ontario contractors will be pushing for a revival of prompt payment legislation when Queen’s Park reconvenes this fall.Ian Cunningham, president of the Council for Ontario Construction Associations (COCA), said his group plans to keep lobbying for new legislation that would requi...


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