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 agreement between the owner, general contractor, lead designer, and key subcontractors and design consultants. Read more

The 23rd Annual CCPPP National Conference on P3s to Be Held November 2 & 3, 2015

The CCPPP conference is the largest P3 conference in the world that brings together many of the key experts and players in the P3 and infrastructure space. Last year the conference attracted 1,200 delegates from 25 countries from both the private and public sector. This year’s conference is shaping up to have another great line up of discussions and keynote addresses to talk about whats happening with P3s and how Canada continues to be best in class in executing P3 deals that help governments and municipalities to address their infrastructure deficits. Register today

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 billion tonnes. Read more

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

First BONE Structure Set in Saskatoon

The BONE Structure concept was inspired from a combination of LEGO and Meccano — pieces are simply snapped together. The construction includes a lightweight, recycled steel frame, which enables homeowners to have a reconfigurable open-space concept, without intermediate beams or load-bearing walls. Electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems are connected thanks to precut openings acting as veritable “highways” within the structure, just like an airplane fuselage. Read more

How Slightly Better Concrete Could Save the Planet

Recent research suggests that when it comes to concrete, we can do better. Several universities and corporations have set up research partnerships to make concrete more sustainable. In 2014, engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported that by tweaking the ratio of starting ingredients, they had created cement samples with twice the strength of standard Portland cement. Read more