Don’t Forget to Submit Your Presentation Proposal for AGC’s 2020 Construction HR and Professionals Conference by March 20, 2020

March 2020 — Industry Events AGC is seeking presentations from industry professionals on a variety of topics. Details, along with a framework for proposal submissions, and other important information is available in the call for presentations. Construction HR & training professionals who are currently working for AGC member-companies are encouraged to submit a proposal. Complimentary registrations will be provided for all selected presenters.   Deadline to submit proposals is March 20, 2020.

AGC Events

March 2020 — Industry Events  

Ontario Association of Architects Joins Workforce 2030

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), along with 14 other design and construction stakeholders, has signed the declaration to join Workforce 2030, a new coalition led by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). Photo courtesy of the OAA. This broad, cross-sectoral coalition of employers, educators, and practitioners in the buildings sector advocates for fast-tracking the workforce needed to build a low-carbon Ontario by impacting government policy, business practice, and education, explains OAA President Kathleen Kurtin. “The climate

State-of-the-Art Allegiant Stadium Kicks Off With PPG Coatings

With the debut of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV, on September 21 in prime time and in front of a national television audience on Monday Night Football, most of the venue’s interior, exterior and structural surfaces were finished with PPG paints, coatings and specialty materials.

Biden Releases Plan to Tackle Climate Crisis

Following the announcement of Joe Biden as the United States’ new President-elect, the Biden-Harris transition team has since released its plan regarding climate change, highlighting the incoming administration’s early priorities.

Corning Seeks Nod for COVID-19 Coating Tech

Materials science company Corning Incorporated announced earlier this month that under test methods approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, paints and coatings with the company’s a glass-ceramic technology had shown to kill more than 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

EPA Extends Comment Period on PV29 Risks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period on the revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29). The EPA said that the extension s to give more time to stakeholders to review the document.

Seattle Mayor Announces Plan to Fix Bridge

Last Thursday (Nov. 19), Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city had reached a decision regarding the repair or replacement of the West Seattle Bridge.

PPG Chosen for VIP Aircraft Repaint Project

Global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced at the beginning of the month that aviation maintenance company, Magnetic MRO had selected a variety of PPG aerospace coatings to complete a recent VIP aircraft repaint project for a private charter flights management company.

Why The Time Is Right To Consider Touchless Elevators

Historically, the focus of elevator improvements has been on reliability and efficiency. With COVID-19, these still important aspects have given way to a focus on touchless elevator technologies. – Read: Why The Time Is Right To Consider Touchless Elevators at

Book Excerpt: Concrete

The following excerpt is taken from Concrete by Mary Soderstrom (University of Regina Press, 2020). The book can be purchased here. Green Concrete As I said, the air above the McInnis plant was wonderfully clear when I visited. A lot of that had to do with the fact that the plant was still being put into service, but it is supposed to be extremely clean, nearly “green.” Spokesperson Maryse Tremblay stressed that the factory will

First Notice: Credit Valley innovation; Lim to retire; ULI Toronto series

  Credit Valley Conservation receives Intact grant Intact Financial Corporation announced this morning it is committing $1.3 million to five Canadian charitable partners to help create more sustainable communities. The Intact Adaptation Action Grants are being awarded to projects that are helping communities adapt to floods, wildfires and extreme heat. One grant recipient, Credit Valley Conservation based in Ontario’s […] The post First Notice: Credit Valley innovation; Lim to retire; ULI Toronto series appeared first on

High Performance and Ultra-Low VOC

In the development of a low- VOC, self-healing epoxy hybrid primer, this company lever­aged its self-healing technology to design a waterborne protective primer with an unprec­edented combination of corrosion resistance and eco-friendliness.

Lawsuit alleges illegal reno threatens West Vancouver townhouse structure

The District of West Vancouver and a pair of residents are headed for court over alleged illegal renovation work that may be threatening the structural integrity of a townhouse complex at West Royal Towers. In a court petition filed in October, Philip and Raven Garrow accuse the district of unlawfully putting a stop-work order on their townhouse renovation at 348 Taylor Way. The district, however, says the work would never have been granted a permit.

UPDATE: Mobile crane sinks, topples at Eglinton Crosstown site

A construction worker suffered minor injuries Monday (Nov. 23) evening when a mobile crane sank and toppled with its boom falling across two vacant traffic lanes on Eglinton Avenue in midtown Toronto.   The crane operator was able to escape from the cab without injuries, stated Crosslinx Transit Solutions director of communications Kristin Jenkins, with the only injury sustained when a worker scrambling to […] The post UPDATE: Mobile crane sinks, topples at Eglinton Crosstown site appeared first on

Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada and Trend Graph – October 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in October 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada. There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair […] The post Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada and Trend Graph – October 2020 appeared first on

14 workers test positive for Covid-19 at Canada’s largest infrastructure project

Some 14 workers at a 400ha LNG project overseen by American engineer Fluor and Japan’s …

Orascom and Mitsubishi win $800m Cairo metro contract

A joint venture between Egyptian contractor Orascom and the Mitsubishi Corporation has signed a $800m …

Bam sells half of PPP group to Dutch pension fund

Dutch contractor Royal Bam Group is to sell 50% of Bam PPP, its public–private partnership …

Procurement Perspectives: No room for mavericks in procurement

Procurement is a very structured part of any organization and has no room for mavericks. The inherent difficulties in dealing with relationships in procurement are highlighted in attempting to manage the mavericks within your organization. The most difficult people to manage are spontaneous, non-linear thinkers, who are liable to fire off in random directions in […] The post Procurement Perspectives: No room for mavericks in procurement appeared first on

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