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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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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...
New Sudbury project brewing
Greg Oldenburg doesn’t yet have any detailed plans for turning Sudbury’s former Northern Breweries building into a residential complex, but he’s already received commitments for 15 of his 50 planned units. Such is the lure behind the notion of living in a former brewery.Built in 1907, the structure...
Ontario breaks the timber ceiling
A 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 Archit...
Golder Associates laying off staff
Golder Associates, a global engineering, design and construction firm, has announced it’s reducing its staff by 500 people, or six per cent, globally.The company, which has a presence on four continents, has Northern Ontario offices in Sudbury and Thunder Bay.The company said in a statement th...


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