Entries by Alison Clack

Finding Expertise in the Immigrant Labour Pool

Halifax-based contractor Dexter Construction has discovered a pool of “underutilized labour” that is proving to be a good hiring source for hard-working and reliable workers for its concrete division as well as other divisions in its fold. Read more

The Keys to Success in Integrated Project Delivery: People, Process and Promises

Integrated project delivery (IPD) is a collaborative method that addresses some of the shortcomings of the traditional procurement methods. IPD covers a spectrum of contracting — from the familiar (construction management infused with collaborative or team-based processes) to the arcane (alliance models with “no-dispute” clauses). However, in its most effective form, IPD involves a multiparty […]

Is Cleaner Cement Production Possible?

World cement production is growing more rapidly than we thought it would just a few years ago. In 2012, researchers at Columbia University told us they expected production to reach between 3.7 billion and 4.4 billion tonnes by 2010. But with the figures for 2014 now available, we find that world production already totalled 4.3 […]

Zero-net Energy Transit Center

The John W. Olver Transit Center zero-net energy (ZNE) project is a high-performance building designed with reduced energy loads, passive design strategies, maximized efficiency of mechanical and electrical systems, and on-site power generation. Read more