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$35 million student housing project under-way

Confederation College in Thunder Bay is building four Student Village buildings with 256 beds to accommodate student housing requirements. Tom Jones Construction is the general contractor for the $35 million project.

The college says the first two of four student accommodation buildings are under construction, and should be completed by the fall.

Each 3.5 storey (four floor) building will house 64 students in fully furnished apartment-style accommodations.

The project is expected to require about 180,000 to 200,000 person-hours of construction work.

Sault. Ste. Marie

Lowes expands to Sault Ste. Marie

Lowe’s Canada will be opening a 75,000 sq. ft. building supply store in the Soo in July.

The company says it will invest more than $7 million to open the store at an old Zellers location.

Dino Biasucci, president of the Sault Ste. Marie Construction, said in a published report that the new store won’t affect his members too much.

Biascucci said Lowe’s focusses most on the retail and do-it-yourself market, “where some of the other companies in town, they tailor to contractors, which are members of our association. He said members are usually loyal to where they purchase their goods.


Timmins Construction Association recognizes safety achievements

The Timmins Construction Association handed out 70 safety awards at a late November dinner event, recognizing members with zero workplace incidents over two years.

The association has 116 members, The Timmins Press reported.  TCA office manager Jennifer Mahon was quoted as saying a large majority of the association’s members received awards.

“I think a safety culture is something we should all celebrate every day,” Mahon was quoted by the newspaper as saying. “We promote safety by teaming up with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and we are able to provide (our members) training programs that are needed today to be current with the Ministry of Labour standards.”

Awards were presented in different categories.  The Gold award businesses with more than 50,000 hours without an injury went to Aecon Mining.

Meanwhile, N. Lacroix Plumbing and Heating, Levert Personnel Services and Con’s electric received recognition for their track record as companies with 50,000 hours or less without injuries.

Finally, awards went to businesses with no lost time injuries through 2012 and w013 including Caron Equipment, Dan Racicot Electric, Tisdale Plumbing and Heating, All North Electric, John Delost Construction, Gatrem Contracting and Mascioli Construction.


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