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Cover Feature

  • A New Outlook

    Watson Drill Rigs charts a new path for the future with the introduction of CAT-based hydraulic rotary machines

    By Mark Halsall


    In 2009, one of the best-known names in North America’s drilled shaft industry, Watson Drill Rigs, became part of the Trevi Group of companies.

  • Almita Piling, a Leader in Helical Pile Foundation Solutions

    For 33 years, Almita Piling has been a North American leader in helical pile foundation solutions. Surviving and finding success in the recent downturn of Alberta’s economy, Almita is once again looking to the future and expanding its reach into new markets.

    By Paul Adair


    Named after the Blackfoot word for “elk,” Ponoka is a central Alberta town that is the birthplace of Almita Piling, a 33-year-old company that has proudly served its clients as a North American leader in helical pile foundation solutions.

  • Building the Regina Bypass

    Bermingham Foundation Solutions drives pile for the massive infrastructure project taking place in Saskatchewan’s Queen City

    By Mark Halsall


    With a price tag of almost $2 billion, the Regina Bypass is the largest single infrastructure project in the history of Saskatchewan.

  • Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project

    Northstar Sharp’s installed close to 12,000 piles to complete this Northern Alberta project over four months early

    Submitted by Northstar Sharp’s Foundation Specialists


    One of the first of its kind in Alberta, the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project (WFMAC) is owned by Alberta PowerLine, a partnership between ATCO and Quanta Services, Inc. This is the first project awarded under the newly instituted Competitive Process by the Alberta Electric System Operator.

  • Getting  There

    Keller Foundations Ltd. is using its experience with challenging projects to help deliver the largest transit expansion in Toronto’s history

    By Colleen Birchwood


    The $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line is the largest transit expansion project in Toronto’s history; running 19 kilometres east to west with a 10-kilometre underground stretch. The transit line will have up to 25 stations and stops and will link passengers to 54 bus routes, greatly improving Toronto’s public transportation system.

  • Kichton Contracting Ltd.

    Supported by its earthworks and underground divisions, Kichton’s piling and shoring division has the capacity “to execute any size caisson, anchor, soil nail and shoring design”

    By Barb Feldman

    Kichton Contracting Ltd. was founded in 1963 by Michael Kichton Sr., when he began doing small civil construction jobs for general contractors and residential developers in the Edmonton area. Fred Kichton, who after his uncle’s death continued the company along with his cousin Michael Jr., became the company’s sole owner in 2000. In 2007, Fred sold minority shares to his brother Richard and to key employees Laurie Conrad, Russ Giselbrecht and Chris Dirks, who, along with Richard, is now a company vice-president.

  • North America’s Tallest Building on Helical Piles

    Revolutionary engineering technology proves to be the best, most efficient and most economical solution for a challenging site

    By Barb Feldman


    One Richmond Row, a 32-storey apartment tower rising in London, Ont., will soon be the tallest building on helical piles in North America. The project site at 517 Richmond St. is in the middle of a city block in a desirable area of downtown London. That was one of the developer’s main selling points to potential renters of its one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, who will be “immersed in the culture and excitement of a thriving city centre.”

  • The Right Formula


    By Mark Halsall


    Last year was a big year for Formula Contractors Ltd.; it marked 40 years in business for the Prince George, B.C., company, as well as the successful completion of its work on a remarkable legacy project – the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway.

  • What Lies Beneath

    Pile testing in marine environments

    By Colleen Birchwood


    The installation of concrete piles and drilled shafts can be a complex and challenging task on land. Problems can arise which result in defects that affect the performance and the lifespan of a pile. In a marine environment, construction is even more difficult because of accessibility issues, which is why pile integrity testing should be included from the beginning of the production timeline.

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