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New downtown arena starting to take shape

Construction of the new downtown arena is beginning to take shape, as site preparation and foundation work nears completion.

Crews are currently constructing foundation walls and footings, with some exterior walls expected to start going up next week. Construction will continue until fall 2018, when the new downtown arena is expected to open.

“As the walls start going up for the new downtown arena, we are starting the construction of a new legacy, as this facility will host important community and sporting […]

Great Chief Park Enhancement Concept Plan

Construction work is underway in Great Chief Park to upgrade the park, which will be a host venue for long-track speed skating during the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Over the next year crews are working on:

Constructing a new synthetic sports field and a world class 400 metre speed skating oval.
Constructing a new field house/pavilion which will include a concession, public washrooms, change rooms, meeting space, timekeeper and a media area.
Constructing a new maintenance building.
Upgrading electrical services.
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Commercial building doubles from last year

The number and value of building permits in the commercial sector doubled in October compared to the same month last year. Values were estimated at $3.6 million last month compared to $1.3 in October 2015, with commercial permits year-to-date valued at $55.9 million.

Several projects contributed to a strong October, including an addition to the Covenant Health Villa Marie on Carrington Drive, estimated at $1.9 million; an Elephant and Castle restaurant on Timberlands Drive, estimated at $279,000; First Red Deer […]

Proposed $106-million capital budget tabled for City

The city’s 2017 proposed capital budget has been cut by $26 million, with some projects deferred, to adjust to the challenging economy and reduced growth in Red Deer.
On Wednesday, city administration tabled a $106.75-million budget instead of $133 million approved in principle last year.
The budget goes before city council on Nov. 22 and 23 for approval. Council will also consider a $1.27-billion Capital Plan for 2018-2026.
 
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Construction of Newly Extended Runway at RD Airport Completed

The runway will be fully operational upon final inspection and approval. Red Deer Airport CEO George Friesen credits favorable early spring weather and efficient construction crews for completing the project on time.
The 2000 ft. extension of the primary runway will allow larger aircraft to land at the airport meaning the airport could now attract a larger range of passenger and commercial services. It’s hoped this will improve passenger experience and create more jobs in Central Alberta by expanding the […]

Hwy 2 interchange project fine-tuned

Drivers have been slowly adjusting to major traffic changes in Red Deer as construction on the Gaetz Avenue/Hwy 2 interchange project is underway.
Alberta Transportation had to make an adjustment to roadway closures at the south end of Gaetz Avenue after last Saturday when a lot of drivers poured into the Southpointe Common shopping centre instead of onto the flyover that leads to Hwy 2.
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Gasoline Alley to get residential and commercial project

A six-storey commercial and residential complex marks the latest multi-million investment in Red Deer County’s Gasoline Alley.
Sylvan Lake-based Emerald Developments Ltd. is planning to start work soon on a project that will feature a ground-floor grocery store, pharmacy and doctors office topped by 60 one-two-and three-bedroom rental suites aimed at the 55-plus market.

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RDCA Commercial Construction Awards Nominations NOW OPEN

The Red Deer Construction Association acknowledges the outstanding contribution of our member companies within our industry.
As part of our appreciation and recognition, we are excited to announce our Annual Commercial Construction Awards for Central Alberta nominations are open.  This year’s awards are based on the accomplishments during the 2016 year, and will be presented in February at the Annual General Meeting.  Deadline for applications is January 13, 2017.

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Significant SCC Decision Increases all Risk Insurance Coverage

The Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) issued a decision dealing with coverage under a builders’ risk insurance policy that has important implications for owners, contractors and insurance companies. At issue was the interpretation of the exclusion of coverage for “the cost of making good faulty workmanship,” which appears in many commercial risks policies.

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Drywall tariff causes construction cost hike

Canadian builders are getting hit by higher drywall prices due to preliminary tariffs imposed by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) earlier this month.
The decision stems from a complaint filed with the CBSA by CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc.
The company alleges that imports of gypsum board originating in, or exported from, the U.S., imported to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories, are being dumped.

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