Pomerleau is no stranger to the University of Ottawa campus. The Quebec-headquartered contractor, which maintains eight regional offices throughout eastern Canada, has completed several major contracts for the higher learning institution in recent years. These include the construction of the university’s Advanced Research Complex, a science research facility; and the Desmarais Building, a 12-storey tower housing the university’s School of Management, Centre on Governance, School of Political Studies and Department of Economics.

The contractor is now working on its latest contribution to the university. The $83 million Learning Centre at the University of Ottawa broke ground in June 2015. The six-storey building will connect to the campus’ existing Lamoureux Hall, which houses the university’s Faculty of Education, School of Psychology and its Centre for Research on French Canadian Culture. The building is anticipated to be open to students at the end of 2017.

In a perfect world, construction projects go off without a hitch. In the real world, however, projects can become complicated in a hurry and require the intervention of a skilled contractor to put things back on track. 

That’s the situation the leadership of the Cold Lakes First Nations found itself in more than a year-and-a-half ago during the construction of the new Cold Lake First Nations Casino Dene Resort Hotel & Conference Centre. Although much of the structure had been completed, the original contractor ran into trouble and ultimately abandoned the project. This is where GenMec ACL Inc. stepped in, and Project Manager Tyler Kress says the company has been successful thus far in untangling the situation and putting the project on the right track again. 

Headquartered in Toronto, First Capital Realty is one of Canada’s largest owners, developers and managers of grocery-anchored, urban properties. The comprehensive operation is well known throughout the country for its success with urban, grocery/drugstore-anchored, mixed-use projects.

One of the signature current projects for First Capital Realty is the Edmonton Brewery District development. Originally, it was two sites – Crosstown Chrysler and the Molson Brewery – separated by 120th Street. Previous developers were not able to go forward. First Capital Realty entered into a joint venture agreement with Sun Life, owner of the adjacent Oliver Square West Shopping Centre, purchasing both the Crosstown and Molson sites, closing 120th Street and consolidating the site. 

One of the difficulties of being a urban university with multiple campuses is ensuring that each student receives the same level of education regardless of where they take classes. That was the problem facing MacEwan University in Edmonton. In 2009, the university’s board of governors approved a plan to consolidate its four campuses onto the City Centre Campus in the heart of Edmonton. 

As a part of that move, the university is shutting down its West End Campus, which is the current home to its Centre for the Arts and Communications. Construction on a new Centre for Arts and Culture at the City Centre Campus began in mid-November 2014 and must be finished by September 2017. 

To ensure the project could meet that deadline, MacEwan University needed a builder it could depend on. “Our completion date isn’t optional,” says Sege L’Abbe, senior project manager for Clark Builders, the general contractor behind the project. “The university has sold their West End Campus. There are no options; we have to finish on time.”

In more ways than one, the pairing of CANA Construction with the construction of Studio Bell in Calgary has been a harmonious one. Not only does CANA have the expertise and experience necessary to complete a project of the size and scope as the $168 million, two-block-long new home of Canada’s National Music Centre, but CANA has been responsible for so many of Calgary’s other landmark buildings that it only seems right. Project Director Jason North says the company is proud of its close ties to the Calgary community, and expects its work on Studio Bell to further strengthen those ties. 

“CANA is Calgary-based and always has been, and we really pride ourselves on being part of the southern Alberta and Calgary communities,” North says, pointing to the company’s extensive portfolio of recognizable projects in the city such as the Saddledome. “It’s a big part of our corporate culture.” 

Founded in 1949, Broccolini has built a strong reputation based on its performance in the residential, commercial and industrial markets in Ontario and Quebec. The company says it is focused on creating lasting relationships with customers, vendors and communities by understanding that building great projects leads to building strong ties. 

Today, Broccolini is a diversified firm that works on projects ranging from homes and warehouses to office buildings and beyond. It has more than 100 employees with skillsets in a variety of disciplines, including engineering, architecture, real estate, development and construction.

When clients come to Broccolini Construction to build their office complex, condominium tower or industrial warehouse, they’re looking for a company that can act as their single-source provider for every stage of the project. The company is a seasoned builder, developer, designer, internal estimator and can even provide land for its clients. “It’s almost like a one-stop shop service which a lot of clients appreciate,” Senior Project Manager Joe Capotosto says.

Those qualities are what led ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, to turn to Broccolini to build its new corporate headquarters in Montreal. The 67-year-old company has a history of developing corporate offices. “It’s our niche,” Capotosto says. “This sort of thing we do day in and day out.”

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