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By on June 15, 2014
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Nova Scotia

Eight-storey development planned for Halifax’s Spring Garden Rd.

Construction of a new mixed-used development on the former Winsbys site on Halifax’s Spring Garden Rd. should begin in the next two weeks, says Westwood Developments Ltd. president Danny Chedrawe.

The former Winsbys site was recently demolished. According to Chedrawe, the eight-level complex that will replace it will include three commercial levels and five residential levels with 16 rental units.

He said the approval process was lengthy and a required public benefit component — because the development is more than five storeys tall — still has to go before council.

Contractor turns industrial building into $3.5 million medical marijuana grow facility

            Lindsay Constructionhas started construction on Nova Scotia’s first medical marijuana production facility, reports The Chronicle Herald.

The company was awarded the contract to renovate an old Stellarton industrial building for Vida Cannabis Inc. of Ontario.

The renovation of the more than 300,000-sq. ft. former Clairtone building will be done in two phases, a Vida Cannabis news release says.

The first phase, estimated at $3.5 million, includes design, engineering, office space construction and security systems installation, along with roof, facade and entrance improvements. Phase 2, estimated at $5 million, will be the construction of the hydroponic medical marijuana grow facility.

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$20 million Marine Atlantic Terminal construction underway

Construction of Marine Atlantic’s new ferry terminal is well underway and on schedule, according to media reports.

The structural steel is up and the floor and roof decks are presently being installed. Sydney-based Joneljim Constructioncarried out site preparation and the new terminal is being built by Roclan Construction, also from Sydney. Rolcan is a division of Dartmouth-basedDora Construction.

The new terminal is expected to be open and operational in the fiscal year 2015-16. The — including design, site preparation and construction — is estimated to be $20 million.

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New Brunswick

J.D. Irving $450 pulp mill modernization construction commences

Construction work is currently underway for the $450 million modernization project at J.D. Irving Pulp and Paper (JDI)in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The investment will involve a total of 1.2 million person hours of construction work over the next 48 months, the company says.

Civil work has begun to prepare the site for construction of a continuous digester. The existing chip handling equipment will also be replaced with state-of-the-art technology as part of JDI’s ongoing investment to stay competitive in the global market environment.

This project phase will create 450 direct and indirect construction jobs.

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Newfoundland

EllisDon appoints Kirk Saunders as Newfoundland manager

            EllisDon has announced the appointment of Kirk Saundersasitsbuildings group’s area manager for Newfoundland and Labrador.

The company says Saunders has progressed through the industry since he started his career in 1993, from junior project manager to president of a Newfoundland and Labrador general contracting group.

He has completed approximately $500 million of construction in the Newfoundland and Labrador and Caribbean regions. Previously, he was president of Anchorage Contracting Ltd. and general manager of Moss Group between 2007 and 2014. There, Saunders was responsible for the general direction of four multi-discipline contracting firms with operations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, and approximately 120 employees.

EllisDon says Saunders’ appointment reflects the company’s commitment to the development and growth of its operations in the region

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Olympic Construction wins close to $1 million in health authority court case

Newfoundland AND Labrador will give close to $1 million to Olympic Constructionafter the company won a court case against the Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority.

Earlier, a court ruling said the health authority breached its tender contract with Olympic Construction for an extension to the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s.

The health authority appealed that decision, but on April 10 the Newfoundland Court of Appeal upheld the original ruling.

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$4 million contract to develop adult additions treatment centre

            Anchorage Construction has received a $4 million contract from Newfoundland and Labrador for the development of the Harbour Grace adult addictions treatment centre.

The centre is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

The project will include 18 resident bedrooms and support areas, clinical and therapeutic spaces. The company will also upgrade the building’s HVAC and plumbing/electrical systems.

Prince Edward Island

Souris beach development nears completion

Construction is on target for the new development at Souris beach, CBC reports.

The project, located at the town’s entrance, involves a new boardwalk, retail shops, playground, washrooms, and picnic area.

Work began last fall and the final details are expected to be completed by July.

“Now there is going to be a nice boardwalk, a nice seawall, a place for the kids to wash their feet, enhanced toilets, of course the boutiques, the ice cream shop. It’s all going to enhance the entrance to the town,” deputy mayor Denis Thibodeau, was quoted as saying.

Charlottetown budgets $175,000 for roundabout construction

Charlottetown plans to buy build a roundabout at the Vogue Optical intersection where three different streets intersect in a rotary-like design.

Recently, city council passed its annual budget, setting aside money to buy land in the former neighbourhood of Sherwood.

The city has budgeted $175,000 this year to buy one more piece of land and pay for the engineering design.

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