Cover Features

Cover Feature

  •  HALL Together in  Construction

    Hall strengthens their turnkey construction solution with the introduction of Hall Shoring & Foundations

    By Aaron Broverman


    Founded in 2010, with only 35 employees as a civil site servicing company based in Surrey, B.C., Hall Constructors has grown exponentially thanks to a focused investment in people, technology and infrastructure.

  •  Recruitment with  VR

    A new virtual reality product may be the key to addressing Canada’s skilled-labour shortage

    By Jim Timlick


    One of the challenges facing the Canadian construction industry is the need to attract new workers. In fact, some estimates predict the sector will require more than 300,000 additional skilled workers over the next decade to keep pace with current labour demands.

  • 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.

  • A Tale of Two Sides

    The massive, yet graceful, Gordie Howe International Bridge is being built to link Canada and the U.S., with construction occurring on both sides of the border

    By Barb Feldman


    One of the busiest crossings in North America, the privately-owned Ambassador Bridge that spans the Detroit River between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit, Mich., is more than 90 years old and often a bottleneck for car and commercial truck traffic.

  • 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.

  • Choosing a Hauling Partner

    Equipment carriers need to know the type, size and weight of the equipment they’ll be moving and whether it’s been modified – surprises can lead to problems, delays or fines

    By Barb Feldman


    Some deep foundation contractors have in-house hauling fleets, but many don’t. So, what should firms consider when selecting a hauling partner to deliver the equipment and materials they need to their jobsites?

  • Equal Opportunity

    Although often left out of the conversation, hiring differently- abled workers leads to all-around business success
    By Rebecca Henderson


    When a labour shortage occurs in any industry, recruiters will look across all demographics to fill those gaps. However, people with disabilities still find themselves overlooked during the hiring process.

  • 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.

  • Help Wanted

    With a projected deficient of 29,500 skilled-trades workers over the next 10 years, Canada’s construction industry must attract new entrants from currently underrepresented groups

    By Rebecca Henderson


    BuildForce Canada, an information hub that studies and forecasts long-term trends in the labour market, estimates that 257,100 construction workers will retire over the next decade. What’s more, they anticipate the industry will only hire 227,600 recruits, creating a gap of 29,500 job vacancies in Canada. For Luke Sheppard, construction equipment industry consultant and author of Driving Great Results, this means the construction industry will have to do a better job at recruitment.

  • 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.”

  • Northwest Miramichi River Bridge No. 1


    Value engineering saves owner $1.2 million and reduces risk of project delays

    Supplied by Caldwell & Ross Limited


    In August 2020, Caldwell & Ross Limited (C&R) was awarded the contract tendered by NBDTI to complete the substructure and steel girder erection on the Northwest Miramichi River Bridge No. 1 (Anderson Bridge). The new six-span bridge is 480 metres long and consists of five piers each supported by reinforced concrete filled caissons. This project posed many challenges due to the design of the pier foundations, environmental restrictions and the aggressive project completion date set for Nov. 30, 2022.

  • 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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