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Top 10 and Trend Graph - August 2010

09/08/2010 by Alex Carrick

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The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in August 2010. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the two major non-residential building categories in Canada − total ICI starts and engineering work. ICI stands for industrial, commercial and institutional. There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair amount of media coverage. Therefore, people in the industry are on the lookout for when job-site work actually gets underway. And, as showcase projects, they highlight geographically where major construction projects are proceeding. Also, total construction activity is comprised of many small and medium-sized projects and a limited number of large developments. But the largest projects, simply by their nature, can dramatically affect total dollar and square footage volumes. In other words, the timing and size of these projects have an exaggerated influence on market forecasts.


REGION
(East to
West)
TYPE OF
CONSTRUCTION
DESCRIPTION Sq. Ft.
000s
Dollars
000,000s
Quebec        
Ste-Anne-de- Institutional Collège John Abbott, Pavillon des sciences et des 118 $32
Bellevue technologies de la santé
(6 storeys; 1 structure), 21275 che Lakeshore, will be LEED certified
CÉGEP John Abbott
   
Kangiqsualujjuaq Residential Rénovations majeures au Nunavik 2011-2013 * $100
(3 storeys; 50 structures), Kangiqsualujjuaq
Office Mun d'habitat Kativik
         
Ontario
Toronto Institutional Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex 665 $497
(6 storeys; 1 structure), Wilson Avenue and Keele Street, will be LEED Certified
Infrastructure Ontario
         
Toronto Residential Four Seasons Private Residences, East Tower, 425 $47
Phase Two
(25 storeys; 103 units; 1 structure), 50 Scollard Street
Lifetime Developments, Menkes Developments Incorporated
         
Hamilton Engineering Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant *

$42
City of Hamilton
         
Tillsonburg Residential Retirement Residences 350 $40
(6 storeys, 200 units; 2 structures), 65 Potters Road
Nautical Lands Group
 
Hamilton Industrial Canada Bread Manufacturing Plant 385

$35

(2 storeys; 4 units; 1 structure), Nebo Road
Maple Leaf Foods
         
British Columbia
Fort Nelson Engineering Fort Nelson North Gas Processing Facility * $250
Spectra Energy
Prince George Institutional BC Cancer Agency for the North 54 $69
(2 storeys; 2 structures), Lethbridge Street, will be LEED Certified
Northern Health Authority, Partnerships British Columbia
   
North Vancouver Engineering Lynn Creek Bridge and Brooksbank Avenue * $43
Underpass
Port Metro Vancouver
 
TOTALS:     1,997 $1,155

*A square footage measure does not apply for alteration and engineering work.
Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – August 2010
Moving totals of the latest 12 months* (CanaData Figures)
Canada
*For example, the August 2010 figure is the sum of the monthly figures for September 2009 through August 2010.
†ICI is the sum of industrial, commercial and institutional.
The prominent jumps in the engineering curve reflect such mega project starts as Horizon Oil Sands work in Alberta (March 2005), the Canada Line LRT project between Richmond and Vancouver in B.C. (January 2006), the Eastmain 1-A hydroelectric power project in northern Québec (June 2007), the Port Mann bridge in B.C. (November 2009) and the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta (April 2010). In May 2010, the ICI curve shot upward due to the McGill University medical centre project in Montreal.
Data source and chart: Reed Construction Data – CanaData.

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