Grad student helps town plan for sustainable growth

For Nicklas Baran, pitching an environmental strategy was a chance to have real impact

Grad student helps town plan for sustainable growthPitching a plan to a municipal government isn’t usually on the learning curve for a university student, but that didn’t dim Nicklas Baran’s excitement as he presented his work to the Town of Stony Plain this summer. “It made me feel great, like an expert who has great in-depth knowledge of some mysterious topic.” That…

Installing insulation can be hazardous to your health

Use of less hazardous materials, personal protective equipment and regular health checkups recommended

Installing insulation can be hazardous to your healthConstruction workers who work with hazardous insulation materials are much more likely to be affected by repeated chest infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to new research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The study followed 990 insulators over six years. Participants underwent regular pulmonary function tests and chest radiography…

Why oil and gas are fundamental to Canada

The $493 billion in oil and gas revenues paid to governments since 2000 is more than family allowance and children’s benefits since 1970

Why oil and gas are fundamental to CanadaBy Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre Humans are wired to respond to stories that paint a relatable picture of an issue at hand. And those stories are easier to remember. If we repeat a Rex Murphy story about how out-of-work cod fishery workers from Newfoundland saved their homes and marriages by moving…

New research reveals what makes condos sell

Construction and design features matter more to buyers than price or age of properties, engineering researchers find

New research reveals what makes condos sellPhysical features such as construction materials, interior finishes and air conditioning are better determinants of how well a condo sells than price or building age, according to a University of Alberta study looking to pinpoint design-related features that increase the probability of a condo’s sale. “We’re trying to provide a framework through which builders can evaluate…

Businesses must develop emerging leaders

We don’t recognize that times and technology have changed, we’ve been holding the organization back or we’re just exhausted by our years of leadership

Businesses must develop emerging leadersIt wasn’t the several times I almost died on the job. It wasn’t when I fell off roofs or rolled heavy equipment. But I can remember the day and time I knew I had to get out of construction. It was -35C and I was demolishing a gas station for my employer. As I went…

Moncton builds it and they come

Yes, a downtown can be revitalized. But how to do it successfully – as Moncton has – remains a bit of a mystery

Moncton builds it and they comeIf there’s anything special about the much-ballyhooed Moncton Miracle, it’s that this New Brunswick city manages to thrive despite itself. That could be said about almost all successful municipalities, of course. But one look at this community’s downtown core five years ago and you would not have detected anything remotely resembling gritty determination. Look anywhere…

Building a winning engineering team

Mauro Plenzik talks about how Maskell Plenzik & Partners has kept abreast of a changing marketplace, remaining prepared, nimble and capable

Building a winning engineering teamMauro Plenzik is principal of Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering Inc. in Calgary. What is Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering and what do you do? Plenzik: Maskell Plenzik and Partners is an electrical engineering consulting firm that specializes in buildings’ electrical, communication and security design. Further to the broad range of design services we provide…

Homes should be as unique as the people who live in them

Brigitte Lepage talks about the Capstone Custom Homes values of caring for clients, being accountable, innovative and passionate

Homes should be as unique as the people who live in themBrigitte Lepage is co-owner of Capstone Custom Homes. What is Capstone Custom Homes and what does it do? Lepage: Capstone Custom Homes is a luxury custom home builder based in Calgary. We’re also a relationship builder, a people-focused business that builds outstanding homes. The relationships that we have with our clients and everyone we deal…

Better-designed buildings make people’s lives easier

Tomasz Sztuk of Sztuk Architecture explains why focus on long-term sustainability, efficiency and good detailing pays off

Better-designed buildings make people’s lives easierTomasz Sztuk is owner of Sztuk Architecture. Tell me about you and your company. Sztuk: I’ve been practising architecture in Canada since 1991. Before starting my own firm, Sztuk Architecture Inc., in 2013, I worked in Calgary in capacities ranging from junior architect, to director of design, to principal. In addition to running my own…

Chateau Laurier to be defaced because leaders wouldn’t lead

What no one wants will now be built on some of the most historic land in the country, in an architectural environment in Ottawa that ought to receive heightened protection, not less

Chateau Laurier to be defaced because leaders wouldn’t leadThe Château Laurier fight is over. The hideous extension will be built and Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa will be despoiled as it will now dwell in the shadow of an enormous shipping container. It’s astonishing that the only ones who defended the hotel’s extension on the merits themselves were those being paid. What no…

Designing homes with well-being at the forefront

Margot Schulman of Schulman Design talks about creating environments where all people can thrive

Designing homes with well-being at the forefrontMargot Schulman is owner and CEO of Schulman Design. What is Schulman Design and what do you do? Schulman: We are a full-service commercial and residential interior design firm focused on universal design and fostering well-being for all people, especially those with accessibility and mobility needs. What sets us apart is that we take a…

Walmart investing $200 million in Canadian store renovations

The company said about 3,250 construction jobs will be created to support these upgrades.

Walmart investing $200 million in Canadian store renovationsWalmart Canada is investing over $200 million in its store network, with a focus on refurbishing and refreshing 31 stores across the country over the next year, including five stores in Alberta. The company said about 3,250 construction jobs will be created to support these upgrades. The five renovated Alberta stores are in Calgary (Westbrook),…

Creating exceptional homes in workforce lodges

Rod Graham of Horizon North talks about why quality and consistency pays off when housing workers

Creating exceptional homes in workforce lodgesRod Graham is president and chief executive officer of Horizon North. What does Horizon North Logistics do? Graham: Horizon North has two sides to our business. Our industrial services division has been a key part of our business since our inception in 2006, providing workforce accommodations, camp management services, access solutions, maintenance services and utilities.…

Alberta building permit values drop in February

Follows national trend that shows declines in residential and non-residential activity

Alberta building permit values drop in FebruaryCompared to a year ago, the value of building permits in both the Calgary and Edmonton regions are down. Statistics Canada reported on Tuesday that building permits in February in the Calgary census metropolitan were at $384.5 million, down by 27.3 per cent from last year. Month over month, the value fell by 5.3 per…
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