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Northern Ontario Construction News staff writer

Construction to start for new Laurentian University School of Architecture

Laurentian University has announced that construction of its new School of Architecture in downtown Sudbury will commence on Jan 13. The university is expected to choose the contractor from among eight prequalified finalists on Dec. 14.

“This is an exciting juncture for the architecture project, and we are anxious to begin the work of preparing the buildings for occupancy next fall,” said the school’s founding director Terrance Galvin.  “Phase one of the renovation work will give us our studio and seminar space for the first two years of the school’s operation.”

Qualifying bidders include:  Build North Construction Inc., Capital Construction Inc., Tribury Construction Inc. CY Rheault Construction Ltd., Century Group Inc., Elite Construction Inc., Monteith Building Group Inc. and Percon Construction Inc.

Resolute Forest Products to build Thunder Bay industrial wood pellet plant

Resolute Forest Products has announced plans to build a $10 million industrial wood pellet plant to convert a currently underutilized residual material into a reliable source of renewable energy. Construction of the plant is expected to begin shortly and is scheduled for completion in 2014. The company has signed a 10-year agreement to supply Ontario Power Generation with 45,000 metric tons of pellets annually, Resolute announced in a news release.

The plant will be built adjacent to the company’s sawmill. “Wood pellets are a clean, renewable energy source, and together with other biofuel opportunities, a natural diversification target for Resolute,” said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. “This project provides the opportunity to enhance the use of our existing asset base to produce biofuel for a strategic, committed consumer and allows the company to gain valuable manufacturing experience in commercial biomass production.”

Timmins Construction Association joins anti-OCOT campaign

The Timmins Construction Association (TCA) has joined the Ontario Construction Employers Coalition’s campaign against the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

“We’re being forced to pay a new trades tax to support the college, yet we’re getting nothing in return,” said TCA director Bob Burey. “This tax will drive up construction costs in Timmins, and drive people out of skilled trades. We joined the campaign because we can’t afford to let that happen.”

While some major including the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association have remained neutral, 20 associations and groups have joined the coalition, which has created a website: to oppose the OCOT.


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