March 29, 2022


IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Upcoming TCA Events
  • TCA Member Benefit
  • TCA Member Spotlight
  • Industry News
  • Important TCA Updates
  • Industry Events
  • Certificates of Substantial Performance (CSPs) - TCA Member discount
  • TCIC Upcoming Courses
TCA Member Spotlight

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INDUSTRY NEWS
Use of adjudication evolving say TCA panellists

Ontario constructors have been slow to fully embrace the adjudication system introduced by the new Construction Act two-and-a-half years ago, but that may be about to change.

The Toronto Construction Association (TCA) hosted a panel of Construction Act specialists March 17 to discuss its impacts on the industry. With TCA CEO John Mollenhauer serving as moderator, the panel of DLA Piper partner Howard Krupat, WeirFoulds partners Sandra Astolfo and Glenn Ackerley reviewed the act’s modernization provisions, which came into effect July 1, 2018, and the prompt payment and adjudication measures that became law Oct. 1, 2019.

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Construction segment demand to continue through 2027

Canada’s construction and maintenance industry rebounded strongly in 2021 and is expected to continue growing through 2027, says BuildForce Canada. In its national forecast, 2022–2027 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward, the industry organization explains that strong near-term demand and sustained activity in several key sectors present considerable opportunity, but may also present a challenge on the labour front.

Construction investment rebounded strongly in 2021 as Canada’s economy recovered from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WZMH Architects rebrands digital innovation team as ‘sparkbird labs’

WZMH Architects has rebranded its innovations lab as ‘sparkbird labs,’ which will continue to work with Toronto’s Ryerson University to develop new, digitally enabled building concepts.

While some of the sparkbird lab’s ideas may not advance beyond conceptual stages, others are expected to reach the market soon, including a new project WZMH is working on with a university. The Ryerson University Smart Campus Integration and Testing Hub (SCITHub), headed up by WZMH Associate Principal Jamie Lee, will be the world’s first building which is 100 percent digitally enabled.

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The United BLDG in Toronto takes shape as North America’s tallest heritage retention project

Davpart’s The United BLDG is taking shape as a transformation of two buildings at University and Dundas in downtown Toronto, incorporating North America’s tallest heritage retention.

DataBid.com says in a recent eletter that the heritage 1928-built Maclean Publishing Company and the 1961-built Maclean Hunter buildings on the northeast corner for decades are currently undergoing the process of becoming the restored limestone-clad base of the new structure. 


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Lower carbon structured materials key in construction climate change fight

Just because builders construct energy efficient buildings doesn’t mean they can clearly claim to doing their part to reducing CO2 emissions, indicates U of T experts.

In the fight to minimize the impact of global warming the type of building materials used play a major role in the equation. Kelly Doran, an adjunct professor at the Daniels School of Architecture at the University of Toronto and associate director, architect, White Arkitekter, say reducing emissions is not easy because “we are trained to build buildings in Canada” with problematic materials.

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Nailed it: Why Canada ranks fifth best for construction workers globally

A riveting new report has concretely declared Canada as one of the top countries for construction workers globally.

According to a new report from Workwear Guru, Canada ranks as the fifth best country for construction workers based on a variety of factors including average salary, cost of living, and safety.

Canadian construction workers earn the third-highest average salary in the world ($55,927) which is behind only Switzerland ($79,159) and the United Kingdom ($57,957).

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Demolition to pave way for early construction works on Hamilton LRT

Work to prepare for the future Hamilton LRT project continues to ramp up ahead of early construction activities.

Demolition of several more Metrolinx-owned properties along the Hamilton light rail transit (LRT) route will begin later this month, with early construction works for utility relocations is expected to begin later in 2022 and procurement – the Request for Qualifications for bidders – on the main construction contract is expected to start this year as well. The demolition follows work completed at 23 other Metrolinx-owned properties last year.

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Vertical forests push green construction to new heights

Worldwide — and in Canada — there is a fledgling architectural movement that is pushing the envelope of green construction beyond simply structure or mechanical elements and right into the bushes in a bid to moderate climate change impact.

Vertical forests are also part of the biophilic design movement which attempts to reconnect individuals with a natural environment, said Vancouver’s Architek Group principal Ron Schwenger, especially in an era of climate change and growing urban densification.


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Important TCA Updates
TCA's Environmental Committee Presents: Decarbonization in the Building Sector & City of Toronto’s Net Zero Existing Buildings Strategy
When: April 6, 2022 | 11:00 AM EST
Location: Zoom
Cost: FREE
FOCUS OF THIS SEMINAR:

This two part seminar focuses on
  • the emerging decarbonization (reducing GHG emissions) regulatory landscape for new and existing institutional, commercial and multi-unit residential buildings. 
  • the City of Toronto’s strategy to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to net zero by 2040 or sooner. 
SPEAKERS:
Antoni Paleshi, Project Director,
Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainability
Ana Maria Medina. Project Manager I Existing Buildings Unit Environment & Energy Division I City of Toronto
Should you have any questions, please contact Vishawn Thompson via email: vthompson@tcaconnect.com.  
TCA's Young Construction Leaders (YCL) Committee Ping Pong Event - EARLY BIRD-PRICE ends March 31, 2022 — Register now and save!
Our Young Construction Leaders ping pong event tickets are on selling fast - Get yours at the early-bird price before they are all gone! We are thrilled to be back and cannot wait to have YOU join us on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at SPiN Toronto!

It's going to be an epic evening with 250+ young construction professionals getting their pong on, networking, enjoying delicious appetizers, and lots more! 

Don't miss out!
When: Thursday, April 14, 2022

Cost: Early-Bird Price $75.00 plus HST. EARLY BIRD-PRICE ends (March 31, 2022)! Regular price is $85.00 plus HST**
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: SPiN Toronto,
461 King Street West Lower Level, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

For register Or for the full details, click here. 

Email: vthompson@tcaconnect.com │ Phone: 416-499-4000, x4189
Industry events

CSC Building Expo | Metro Toronto Convention Centre — South Building | April 26, 2022
The CSC Toronto Chapter is proud to host the 44th volunteer organized CSC Building Expo. 2022 marks the return of our in-person tradeshow. The Expo continues our tradition of being free for attendees, offering CEU seminars, access to industry experts, and an opportunity to socialize. 

This year’s theme is Comfort and the Wellness of Occupants in the Built Environment. The speakers will address experiences, advancements and future opportunities for the construction industry to build better for occupants.

For more details, click here.

Construction Specifications Canada - Toronto Chapter
31 Adelaide Street East, P.O. BOX 36 
1.844.4CSC.TOR (427.2867) | buildingexpo@csc-dcc.ca | http://toronto.csc-dcc.ca/
Exclusive Discount for TCA Members on publishing Certificates of Substantial Performance (CSPs) in the Daily Commercial News (DCN)!

All certificates and notices published in the Daily Commercial News (DCN) are a flat fee of $300 (plus tax). Special Affinity Pricing of $200 per certificate is available to all ConstructConnect subscribers and TCA members.
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**IMPORTANT: To apply the discount, please mention the offer at the time of order placement.**
TCIC Upcoming Courses
Construction Industry Ethics (New Consolidated Course) (Mandatory Gold Seal course, 3 credits)
Mar. 30 & 31 | Wednesday & Thursday | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Mar. 30 & 31 | Wednesday & Thursday | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Construction Job Cost Control (1 Gold Seal credit)
Mar. 30 & 31 | Wednesday & Thursday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Bidding & Tendering (1 Gold Seal credit)
Apr. 4 – 6 | Monday – Wednesday | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

For more details, please click here, or contact: 
Faith Chen, Senior Manager, TCIC/Professional Development