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Charlottetown chemical factory wins apartment ruling


A Charlottetown chemical factory has won a small victory in its battle against apartment buildings going up on property next to it, reports CBC News.

The Supreme Court of P.E.I. ruled the province overstepped its authority when it built an access road for the apartments.

There is already one apartment building on Nicholas Lane, and more are planned. The access road runs right by storage tanks for the BioVectra chemical plant. The court ruled the province kept BioVectra in the dark about construction of Nicholas Lane.

Provincial transportation officials say they will review the decision, and a new access road may have to be built. The road will stay open in the meantime so that residents can get in and out, and to allow access for emergency vehicles.

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Publisher’s viewpoint: Welcome!

Marilyn Munroe
Marilyn Munroe

By Marilyn Munroe

Welcome to Atlantic Canada Construction News.

As a lifelong Maritimer, I have always been amazed at the talent, ingenuity and perseverance of our businesses and its workforce. The construction industry is an excellent example of hard work and dedication to a job well done.

Early on in my working years I learned important, essential lessons about business, commerce, marketing and advertising, and the challenges facing entrepreneurs and business owners and managers today, all in the ‘Maritime way’— I throw myself into my work, encountering obstacles and hurdles, overcoming them, and then coming face-to-face with the very same challenges I help my clients overcome.

Through several job opportunities, my work has taken me from Yarmouth to Sydney, Saint John to Moncton, Charlottetown to Summerside and all points in between. It was a privileged to have had the opportunity to see all that Atlantic Canada has to offer. The stunning landscapes vary from the rugged, majestic coastlines to the lush, agricultural richness of the inlands and valleys. This abundance of beauty and nature is all intertwined with a laid back rural lifestyle that is a contract to the bustling cities that are only a short drive away.

The construction industry is deep within my family’s roots as my Grandfather left Nova Scotia to work in the booming steel industry in New York City in the 1920’s. I married into a family that can master building their own homes from foundation to rooftop. Now my daughter is in the steel industry and I have been known to be pretty handy with the hammer myself. We love construction!


Marilyn Munroe
Marilyn Munroe

I am very proud to be part of the Canadian Design and Construction Report and looking after the Atlantic Canada Construction News. This is an exciting and extremely busy time in the Maritime Provinces. We are building everything from new schools and universities; energy projects, public use buildings such as libraries and community centers; road and infrastructure; hotels and convention centers just to mention a few. Within these new structures we are not only drawing from the talents of local designers and architects but also from the builders that are using the newest trends in building technologies.

In the coming year, I am looking forward to working with many of the construction industry leaders as well as all the supporting businesses that make Atlantic Canada a vibrant hub of construction news and information.

All the best,


Beach volleyball courts underway

Beach volleyball

Construction has begun on 12 new beach volleyball courts, near the all-weather fields on Commodore Drive in Burnside, reports

Still in the early stages of construction, the court area is being levelled out before sand – which was saved from last year’s beach volleyball junior world championships on the Halifax waterfront – will be added.

“The sand has been piled in the parking lot at the back of the all-weather field all winter,” said Michelle Aucoin, executive director with Volleyball Nova Scotia.

With construction expected to wrap up mid- to end of May, Aucoin said registration for programs should begin in early May.

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$200M wind farm to be built in Lunenburg County

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Image of Pubnico Wind Farm taken from Beach Point, Lower East Pubnico, Nova (Wikipedia)

Nova Scotia Power has received the green light from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for its $93 million share of a controversial wind farm in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, reports The Chronicle Herald.

Pubnico Wind Farm Nova Scotia
Image of Pubnico Wind Farm taken from Beach Point, Lower East Pubnico, Nova (Wikipedia)

The $200 million wind farm, which will be the province’s largest, is slated to be operational by the end of 2014. The wind farm would have 34 turbines and be built on a 3,044-hectare property between Vaughan and New Russell. Nova Scotia Power, which has a 49 per cent stake in the project, would own 17 of the turbines.

The 102-MW project’s lead developers are Oxford Frozen Foods and Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. Ltd.

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Roscoe Construction’s insurer sues fire protection company


A Waterville construction company’s insurer is suing a Dartmouth fire protection company for a $301,458.94 claim settlement, reports The Chronicle Herald.

Plaintiff Intact Insurance Co. alleged in documents filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Tuesday that it was obliged to pay the settlement as the insurer of co-plaintiff, Roscoe Construction Ltd. According to court documents, Roscoe was contracted in 2007 by the Annapolis Valley Health to do renovations on the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville.

During those renovations, the plaintiffs alleged that a joint failed in a sprinkler system installed in the hospital in 1992 by defendant Viking Fire Protection Inc. The failure caused extensive water damage to ongoing and completed renovations, the plaintiffs alleged.

The plaintiffs alleged the damages were caused solely by the negligence of the defendant. They are also seeking interest and costs. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

The defendant has 15 days to file a defense to the plaintiffs’ notice of action.

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Prince Edward Island to replace Souris bridge

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Souris (Prince Edward Island) residents are going to get a new bridge on the main road leading into their community.

On April 24, Transportation Minister Robert Vessey said his department is aware of the condition the bridge is in and its replacement is included the government’s capital budget. “The outlook is two to three years,” he said.

Vessey said the new bridge in Souris will be made to last 75 years and built higher than the existing bridge because of concern about rising water levels due to climate change.

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Structal-Bridges lands two major contracts in Newfoundland and Labrador and Massachusetts

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Structal-Bridges, a division of Canam Group Inc., has secured two large contracts totallingg close to $60M for the fabrication of the steel structures that will replace the Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge in Placentia, Newfoundland, and the John Greenleaf Whittier Memorial Bridge, which overlooks the Merrimack River between Newburyport and Amesbury in the state of Massachusetts, the company announced in a news release.

Newfoundland project
In this project, a joint venture comprised of H.J. O’Connell Construction Ltd. and Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd. awarded Structal-Bridges the contract to fabricate and install various components for the new vertical lift bridge, including the approaches. In all, close to 1,100 tons of steel will be transformed by Structal-Bridges in the scope of this contract. Fabrication is slated to begin in August 2013 at the Canam Group plant in Quebec City.
Massachusetts project
Mandated by Walsh Construction Company, this project calls for the fabrication of over 10,000 tons of steel components for the new Whittier Bridge that’s being erected as part of the I-95 Improvement Project in Massachusetts. The Canam Group plants in Claremont, New Hampshire, and Point of Rocks, Maryland, will share the fabrication work, which is scheduled to be carried out between August 2013 and April 2015. Deliveries for this project will start in December 2013.
“The Whittier Bridge project is our fifth major contract in collaboration with Walsh Construction Company, which is a prime indicator of the relationship of trust that’s developed between the two companies,”said Structal-Bridges vice-president Robin Lapointe. The expertise we’ve acquired in the installation of complex steel bridges also placed Structal-Bridges in a favourable position to obtain the Placentia bridge project.”

Halifax port receives technology funding from federal government

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National Defence minister Peter MacKay on behalf of Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, has announced federal funding for new technology development at the Port of Halifax.

The Government of Canada has contributed funding towards the integrated port logistics system and the air gap system, the government said in a news release. The total cost of these two Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is estimated at $660,000, with the federal government contributing up to $330,000 under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program. In addition, the Port of Halifax is providing $330,000 towards the completion of these projects.

“A strong and efficient transportation sector is critical to Canada’s future economic growth. I am proud that our government has supported these two Intelligent Transportation Systems projects, which will improve the efficiency of the supply chain, reduce costs, and increase the satisfaction of customers moving goods through Atlantic ports,”  MacKay said. “Ultimately, these will increase safe, efficient and reliable traffic flows while reducing environmental impacts.”

“Advanced technologies make it possible to improve operational safety, security, efficiency and environmental responsibility without changing the existing infrastructure,” said Karen Oldfield, president and chief executive officer of the Halifax Port Authority. “We look forward to working with our stakeholders to identify technologies that can improve operations, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction. The integrated port logistics system will use a market-driven approach to prioritize solutions, define business requirements, and develop and market the technologies. We appreciate the federal government’s support of technology advancements that ensure we remain a highly competitive port.”

With larger ships accessing the port, there is a need to continuously monitor vessel clearances under each of the harbour bridges. The upgrading and enhancing of the bridge air gap system will enable the port to identify exactly the ship clearance.

Port operators and shippers will have confidence in the ability of ships to transit beneath the bridge, preventing delays in accessing and leaving the port. These investments will ultimately help reduce levels of emissions and fuel usage and ensure the safety of the bridges and will also result in increased efficiency and safety for port users.

Halifax developer Ben McCrea dies

Ben McRea

A well-known Halifax philanthropist and developer, Armour (Ben) McCrea, died at the age of 73, reports CBC News.

McCrea was responsible for transforming numerous properties including three downtown city blocks full of run-down buildings into Halifax’s Historic Properties.

As president of The Armour Group, one of McCrea’s first and most influential projects was his development of Halifax’s Historic Properties 40 years ago. The project became a turning point in how Halifax managed urban renewal. The project was the first development in Atlantic Canada to use seawater for heating and cooling.

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Work to begin again on One Mile House, Welsford bypass


Work is starting again on two long-promised highway projects that are taking several years and millions of dollars to complete — examples of what Finance Minister, Blaine Higgs has recently said is “building beyond our means,” reports CBC News.

The New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure estimates about $280-million in capital spending for the coming year, including money to finish the partially built Welsford bypass and One Mile House Interchange.

In January, during pre-budget consultations in Saint John, Higgs questioned the practicality of massive highway projects in the province.

“We need to put money into rural roads so we can get people off the highways and into our communities,” he said. “But yet we build these big throughways.”

Transportation officials say the final price tag on the One Mile House project in Saint John is $74-million — approximately 70 per cent more than originally planned.

The highway interchange involves a series of overpasses that will lead to the Bayside Drive industrial area, and was started in anticipation of a second oil refinery. Irving Oil cancelled its plans to build the refinery, but the interchange went ahead anyway despite ballooning costs.

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