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Kinder Morgan announces contractors for controversial Trans Mountain pipeline

Kinder Morgan announces contractors for controversial Trans Mountain pipeline

CALGARY, ALTA. —Kinder Morgan has announced six contractors it intends to work with on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project in B.C. and Alberta. According to the company, the pipeline construction and associated terminal expansions are expected to take approximately 28 months to complete, with the work dis…

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B.C.’s Step Code raising eyebrows among builders

Pictured is the Britco Construction plant in Agassiz, B.C. where Passive House modules are constructed. Passive House standards are Step 5 on the Step Code.

B.C.'s Energy Step Code is turning heads in Canada for its framework of incremental standards that achieve energy-efficient buildings beyond the energy standards in the province's base building code. But despite a focus on energy efficiency, the Step Code's main purpose is to create one set of rules for municipalitie…

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B.C. pauses Massey bridge project for more review

B.C. pauses Massey bridge project for more review

RICHMOND, B.C. —The province of B.C. has announced it will cancel procurement on the George Massey Tunnel replacement bridge project to investigate other transportation options for the corridor. In a press release issued Wednesday (Sept. 6), the NDP government stated that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastr…

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‘Perfect storm’ of work for Vancouver Island industry

‘Perfect storm’ of work for Vancouver Island industry

Business is booming on Vancouver Island. Data from the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) shows increasing residential activity and a surge in commercial permits. "Building permits were higher in four regional districts, led by the Capital Regional District with a 64 per cent jump over the first quarter…

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Vancouver developers face rising costs and fees

Vancouver developers face rising costs and fees

Developers could soon face even more costs to build in the red hot Vancouver market. "It is just one thing after another," said Urban Development Institute (UDI) — Pacific Region president Anne McMullin. "It is like a fire hose that comes at you. Tax. Tax. Tax. Restrict. Restrict. Restrict. It is just endless." …

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WorkSafeBC launches youth worker campaign focused on safety awareness

WorkSafeBC launches youth worker campaign focused on safety awareness

WorkSafeBC has launched a safety campaign aimed at raising awareness among young workers who could be at risk on the job. The Listen to Your Gut campaign encourages young workers to speak up when faced with what they perceive as an unsafe situation. Safety awareness programs have been in place in British Columbia hig…

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Aging Balmoral Hotel deemed ‘stabilized to the city's satisfaction’

Aging Balmoral Hotel deemed ‘stabilized to the city's satisfaction’

VANCOUVER - Vancouver's Balmoral Hotel was deemed "stabilized to the city's satisfaction" by the chief building official after an inspection was carried out on July 14 to assess the shoring and stability of the aging hotel. A complete review is now underway by a contractor to assess the necessary work to rehabilitate…

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Building code means Vancouver highrises avoid Grenfell fate

Building code means Vancouver highrises avoid Grenfell fate

Don't expect a repeat of the London highrise fire in Vancouver, thanks to strict building codes and fire protection standards. The Grenfell Tower fire in London, England resulted in a tragic loss of life and created international headlines. In the days after the fire it was determined the building's cladding played a part…

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The Lion's Gate Bridge: A legacy that spans the globe

The Lion's Gate Bridge: A legacy that spans the globe

Whether it's going for a scenic bike ride under its massive green trusses, crossing the water to start a weekend snowboarding on the North Shore or seeing its long cables after a stint abroad, locals have a connection with Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge. "Everyone who grew up here has a bridge story," said Donald Luxt…

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Premier warns NDP, Greens that delaying Site C dam in B.C. could cost $600M

Premier warns NDP, Greens that delaying Site C dam in B.C. could cost $600M

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's political leaders exchanged duelling letters over the future of the Site C dam project on Tuesday, with Premier Christy Clark arguing that delays will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. NDP Leader John Horgan wrote to BC Hydro last week asking it to suspend the evictions of two homeo…

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