Management

Paul LaBranche legacy

LaBranche legacy entrenched in BOMA BC

Wrapping up a 25 year tenure with the Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia, soon-to-retire president, Paul LaBranche, characteristically looks through the lens of his organization's strategic plan to assess what he has accomplished.
net positive

Plans for first net positive energy office building

An office building in Markham, Ontario's technology hub plans to be the first net positive energy office building in Canada.
recruitment

Construction retirements drive recruitment need

Canada’s construction industry must remain focused on recruitment and retention as more than one quarter of a million workers are expected to retire.
construction

Construction side effects carry deadly risks

Living through construction may be a fact of life for city dwellers, but living through construction can be a fact of life and death for hospital patients.
condo conversion

Condo conversions to see expanded warranties

Starting next year, builders and vendors of residential conversion projects will have to register with Tarion and get approval to proceed with their plans.
equipment lease buy

Equipment: the buy vs lease dilemma

Should you buy, rent or lease equipment for your construction projects? Equipment investment is a necessary cost for many general contractors.
cannabis legalization

Builders abuzz about cannabis legalization

Ontario’s residential construction industry is anxiously awaiting tools from the province to help it uphold its workplace health and safety obligations when recreational cannabis becomes legal next year.
indoor air quality

Forest fires pose indoor air quality challenge

Indoor air quality specialists concur that larger commercial buildings are among the better places to be when outdoor conditions are compromised since HVAC systems typically incorporate air filtration.
rental housing loan fund

Envisioning tools get an upgrade

3D and photo-realistic envisioning tools are nothing new, but they now allow changes to be made on the fly.
blueprints, computer and builder's work tool on wooden table

Post-occupancy audits in P3 construction projects

When carefully and transparently planned, P3s offer some significant advantages to owners and communities.
building information modelling

Bergeron Centre a model for fully integrated BIM

The use of building information modelling to develop the Bergeron Centre at York University earned the project a Canada BIM Council award.
commercial real estate

Top 14 stories to watch in 2017

Last year, the commercial real estate industry faced a number of diverse challenges and successes that are expected to develop throughout 2017. Here, REMI’s award-winning
Waterdown Library and Civic Centre

Library facility reads like ‘fragment’ of its landscape

The new Waterdown Library and Civic Centre is designed to read like a ‘fragment’ of the Niagara Escarpment over which it cantilevers.
Chinook Regional Hospital

A facility addition with surgical precision

Adding a new wing to the fully developed site would require surgical precision. The original Chinook Regional Hospital, which was constructed close to 30 years
GRESB infrastructure benchmark

Low scores in infrastructure benchmark debut

The inaugural Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark assessment for infrastructure reveals that the asset class generally lags real estate's offerings of environmental, social and governance evidence for investors.
Brookfield GIS

Brookfield GIS expands and rebrands

A visitor to Brookfield GIS' new Innovation Centre might miss one of its most novel features without the benefit of a tour guide.
Student ServiceHub

Student ServiceHub earns ARIDO award

Ryerson University's new Student ServiceHub has just earned an Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) award of excellence.