Top 10 and trend graph-January 2013

02/12/2013 by Alex Carrick


The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in January 2013. 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.

Top 10 projects of the month - January 2013
(East to
Sq. Ft.
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Institutional Hôpital du Haut-Richelieu Addition and Alterations 162 $70
(3 storeys; 1 structure), 920 boul du Séminaire N
Hôpital du Haut-Richelieu
Kirkland Commercial Siège social de Merck phase une 125 $50
(5 storeys; 1 structure), 16711 autoroute Transcanadienne, will be LEED Certified
Merck Canada inc 
Toronto Residential Dundas Victoria Redevelopment 340 $51
(40 storeys; 245 units; 1 structure), 21 Dundas Square Road
HNR Properties Ltd.
Pickering Residential Old Taunton 318 $48
(2 storeys; 159 units; 32 structures), Old Taunton Road and Brock Road
Lebovic Enterprises
Ottawa Commercial Barrhaven South Recreation Complex 134 $42
(2 storeys; 1 structure), 3500 Cambrian Road, will be LEED Certified
City of Ottawa
Brampton Engineering Mississauga Road Feedermain, Sewer and Watermains * $32
Regional Municipality of Peel
Maple Creek Institutional Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility 82 $38
(1 storeys; 1 structure), 1330 Highway 21 South
Cypress Health Region
Medicine Hat Institutional Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Redevelopment 332 $220
(6 storeys; 1 structure), 5 Street Southwest
Alberta Health Services
Edmonton Engineering Wandering River Bridge * $35
Alberta Transportation
British Columbia:
Surrey Residential Wave, Phases One and Two 407 $62
(28 storeys; 471 units; 4 structures), 13286 and 13300 104 Avenue, 133 Street
Rize Alliance Properties Ltd. 
TOTALS:     1,900 $648

*A square footage measure does not apply for alteration and engineering work.
Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – January 2013
Moving totals of the latest 12 months* (CanaData Figures)
Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – January 2013
*For example, the January 2013 figure is the sum of the monthly numbers for February 2012 through January 2013.
†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 Eastmain 1-A hydroelectric power project in northern Québec (June 2007), the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta (April 2010), the Firebag 4 SAGD Oil Sands project in Alberta (June 2011) and the Voyageur heavy oil processing plant Alberta (August 2011). In May 2010, the ICI curve shot upward due to the McGill University medical centre project in Montreal. In March 2012, Alcan's modernization project in Kitimat was initiated.
Data source and chart: Reed Construction Data – CanaData.

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