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April 16, 2010

Terratechnik Environmental shares details of soil remediation project in Mississauga, Ontario

A former factory in Mississauga, Ontario had contamination across a 1,025-square-metre footprint and ranged in depth from four metres to eight metres below ground surface. How Terratechnik Environmental cleaned it up

April 16, 2010

Demolition in Newmarket, Ontario is helping build affordable housing

JMX Environmental Inc., Maram, the Cannington Group and Priestly Demolition and tearing down buildings on Davis Drive in Newmarket, Ontario to make way for dedicated bus lanes for York Region Transit. Affordable housing group Habitat for Humanity removed materials such as bathtubs, lumber and cupboards for resale.

April 16, 2010

Wheels Inn now reborn as Chatham, Ontario convention centre

Norlon Builders is general contractor for the Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre, on the site of the Wheels Inn in Chatham, Ontario. The shell of the former entertainment building is being kept intact with the interior walls mostly gutted.

April 16, 2010

Ferro Canada demolishes St. Catharine, Ontario block to make way for arts centre

The 1860s Passfield and McIntyre mortuary was the last building demolished to make way for the City of St. Catharines’ $54-million St. Paul Street performing arts centre. Architects Diamond and Schmitt advised that retaining its features would negatively impact on the new design. The demolition work included asbestos abatement.

April 16, 2010

Nova Scotia to ban importation of waste water from shale gas fracking

Waste water from hydraulic fracturing would not be allowed to be imported into Nova Scotia under legislation introduced today.

April 16, 2010

Progreen Demolition tears down two 14-storey Toronto apartment towers

Another block of Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood is vanishing as demolition crews wrap up the takedown of two 14-storey residential towers and nine two- and three-storey townhouses. Ninety per cent of the debris will be recycled.

April 16, 2010

Brokk, Husqvarna and Stanley LaBounty roll out remote-controlled demolition machines

Remote-controlled mechanical demolition is growing in the North American market, spurred by the twin concerns of worker safety and the environment. Vendors include Brokk, Husqvarna AB and Stanley LaBounty. Back injuries and nerve damage are a concern when using jackhammers.

April 16, 2010

Finnish researchers work on robot for sorting demolition waste

The demolition industry is using remote-controlled machines more often in an effort to improve productivity in the face of environmental regulations.For example, The Recycler is a robot being developed by Tuomas J. Lukka and a team of researchers in Finland.

April 16, 2010

Tridel builds new North Toronto Collegiate Institute, incorporating features from original 1904 school

In a deal with the Toronto District School Board, Tridel bought land to build The Republic condominium development plus a new North Toronto Collegiate Institute. In consultations with William Greer, designers CS&P Architects Inc. and Burka Varacalli Architects Inc. architectural features of the old school. REC Demolition is tearing down the old school.

April 16, 2010

Kilmer Brownfield aims to preserve history of Guelph, Ontario manufacturing plant

As Priestly Demolition tears down an industrial site in Guelph, Ontario, Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund has had to work with preservation groups to ensure the heritage components would be saved.

April 16, 2010

Ryerson University architecture professors present at Canada Green Building Council symposium in Toronto

At the recent Canada Green Building Council’s annual symposium in Toronto, Ryerson University architectural science professors Mark Gorgolewski and Vera Straka offered advice on salvaging components from old buildings and reusing them in new ones.

April 16, 2010

West Edmonton Mall job requires careful co-ordination for B&B Demolition

Working demolition at West Edmonton Mall is no easy trip but B&B Demolition Ltd., which must do its job with minimal or no disturbance to the surrounding stores and customers. The largest job inside the mall is converting a Zellers to a Winners.

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