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Building permit values slow in March

Building permits slowed down in March dropping from an estimated $13 million in March 2018 to $4 million last month.
Year-to-date building permits have dropped in value from the first three months of 2018, but the total number of permits has increased slightly. Commercial permit values took a strong leap over last year; however public permit values have dropped significantly from last year.
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New Canada Training Benefit to drive skilled workforce growth


The Canada Training Benefit unveiled by the federal government is designed to help create a skilled workforce for Canadian employers, according to the 2019 budget.

The new program will be launched with an investment of $1.7 billion over five years, starting in 2019-20, and $586.5 million per year each year thereafter.

One component of the new training package is a non-taxable Canada Training Credit for workers between the ages of 25 and 64 through which credits of $250 are accumulated each […]

New AUPE headquarters to become a modular marvel


Site prep work has been done and heavy equipment is now being used to install pilings for the construction of a new, 125,000-square-foot headquarters in west Edmonton for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE).

“This is a very positive story for the union,” said Jason Heistad, executive secretary-treasurer of the AUPE. “The building will have a unique look. It will be a really nice-looking building and it will complement the west end. I think it will be well-liked by […]

Red Deer’s old Piper Creek Lodge to be replaced with $28-million senior’s housing project

The oldest seniors’ home in Alberta — Red Deer’s Piper Creek Lodge — will be replaced by 2021 after the provincial government invested $28-million in creating a new 100-unit complex.
Wednesday’s announcement by Red Deer MLAs Barb Miller and Kim Schreiner on behalf of the seniors and housing ministry, was met with excitement by staff and residents.
“I think it’s wonderful! I hope I live that long,” said Blanche Hanson, who has resided at the 63-year-old lodge on 33rd Street for […]

Westpark Middle School in Red Deer first to have solar chimney in Alberta


Students moving into the new Westpark Middle School next fall won’t get the Harry Potter moving staircase they proposed.

But Grade 8 student Isaac Boettcher said the stairs near the main assembly area will always be known as the Harry Potter stairs.

A Student Design Committee collaborated with Berry Architecture, Shunda Construction. Student recommendations included an elevator so all spaces in the building are accessible to students with mobility challenges, as well as a glass wall to view the elevator’s mechanics; […]

Building permit values hold steady through February

The value of building permits in Red Deer remained consistent through February 2019, but the cumulative year-to-date total is slightly behind the same month of 2018. Residential permit values were on par with February 2018 numbers, while commercial values doubled. Both industrial and public permits dropped from the same month last year.

Significant permits for February included a four storey base building and parking garage on 43 Street and a two storey office building on Sharpe Avenue.

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Riverside development will start to take shape this year

Capstone at Riverlands to feature mix of residential and commercial buildings amid public spaces
Red Deerians will get a taste of the potential for the city’s marquee riverside development this year.

While large-scale development is likely at least a year away for Capstone at Riverlands, the public will see key roads finished, bike trails, sidewalks and lighting added and, if all goes well, the completion of a public gathering spot called Canada 150 Square.

“At this point, (the site) still probably doesn’t […]

RDCA 2019 Commercial Construction Award Finalists Announced

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The Red Deer Construction Association is proud to announce the finalists for our 2019 Commercial Construction Awards.  The awards will be presented at our Building Central Alberta – Annual General Meeting on February 27th and represent excellence in construction in our region.
RDCA 2019 Commercial Construction Awards News Release