Blackfalds needs a new high school, regardless of whether it’s a P3 build, suggests official

Blackfalds is slated to get a new school that could be built as a private-public partnership.

The new high school for the Wolf Creek School Division has a projected budget of about $29 million.

Premier Jason Kenney announced this week that the 970-student school is among five projects the provincial government hopes to fund in partnership with private industry, as part of a P3 bundle amounting to more than $200 million.

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COVID-19 & Construction Activity in Canada

Procore Technologies has provided a Construction Activity Index that illustrates how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected construction activity in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, with worker hours dropping in March and recovering in late spring and the summer.  Across the provinces for which data is available, worker hours dropped through March to a low of 41 percent below baseline the week of April 6 but were all above the baseline as of the week of July 27. 

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Province to twin David Thompson Highway from Sylvan Lake to Rocky Mountain House

The David Thompson Highway is getting a makeover.

Premier Jason Kenney was in Sylvan Lake Friday morning to announce a project to twin and divide 66 kilometres of Highway 11 from Sylvan Lake to Rocky Mountain House.

Approximately 5,800 vehicles travel on this section of Highway 11 daily.

The $120 million project will create an estimated 582 jobs — 344 direct and 248 indirect.

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New development to open businesses in Lacombe by the end of 2020

The new development in Lacombe located on the corner of Highway 12 and Highway 2 on the west side of the city is gearing up for construction to prepare for a couple of new businesses. The development, called the Midway Centre, has completed infrastructure development and is now ready for the construction buildings and new businesses. 

Right now, YFL Development’s Kanwal Sandhu is looking for locals in the area interested in opening a business in this area of the city. […]

Lowe’s strikes deal to build $120-million Calgary distribution centre

CALGARY — Lowe’s Canada says work will start this month on a new distribution centre located northeast of Calgary designed to improve its in-store and online operations in Western Canada.

The company says the project will cost about $120 million, with investment shared with Calgary-based real estate developer Highfield Investment Group.

The 114,000-square-metre facility is expected to open in the fall of 2021, joining several other recently built distribution centres — including Amazon, Walmart and Costco — in Rocky View County near the Calgary […]

COVID-19 – Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites – Canadian Construction Association

The Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites outlines the best practices for construction sites in order to maintain the health and safety of all workers required to perform duties during the COVID-19 crisis. The protocols, which include prevention, detection and response measures, will minimize the impacts of the crisis and ensure business continuity in the construction industry. This is not a legal document. Some provinces and municipalities have implemented stricter measures than those found in this document, and […]

Update – Pandemic Planning Guide For The Construction Industry – Version 4.0

For those who had been tracking the progress of the COVID-19 Pandemic for some time it was becoming obvious that we were moving into unknown territory from a safety and health perspective. Just as with society in general we, as an industry, were likely going to have to develop new protocols and best practices for this emerging reality and in the week leading up to March 16th this began to ramp up significantly. We needed to respond as […]

Stimulus plan boosts school upkeep and renewal

Capital funding for school divisions has been increased by $250 million to help boost the economy, while also accelerating important maintenance to existing schools. This funding will support hundreds of projects in all school divisions across the province. The work will create about 3,750 jobs and see more Albertans working again sooner.

The province will work with school divisions to invest dollars in the most efficient and effective ways possible. Specific projects will be confirmed by the start of June. […]