News Article | December 15, 2016
Austin-based pavement engineering firm The Transtec Group delivered an expert review and lifecycle recommendations for the pursuit phase of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road public-private-partnership project (P3) in Calgary, Alberta. The Calgary Ring Road Project consists of a full 101-kilometer circle around Calgary, which the Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary have been planning since the 1970s. The Southwest section of the project, which broke ground in the summer of 2016, is one of the last segments to complete the ring, and is expected to be open for traffic in 2021. “The Southwest section of the Calgary Ring is a critical link to facilitate mobility within and around Calgary,” said Dr. Robert Rasmussen, Vice President & Chief Engineer for The Transtec Group. The Transtec Group provided a comprehensive analysis and independent opinion for pavement-related aspects of the project, with a heavy emphasis on construction methods and their impact on long-term pavement performance. As part of Transtec’s unique and thorough assessment, a field review of existing pavements was performed as well as a study on the methods used to produce that pavement. “The cold climate in Calgary can cause pavements to crack if not designed properly, which is why we spend a lot of time assessing the methods used and the ability of materials to withstand extreme temperature changes,” said Dr. Rasmussen. “The value of our expertise lies in our independent evaluation, providing guidance for the developers to ensure a quality, long-lasting pavement.” The firm has previous expertise with a similar P3 project in Winnipeg, Manitoba, when it delivered a plan for pavement design and life cycle advisement for the Southwest Transitway project with the Plenary Group. The Southwest Calgary Ring Road Project was awarded to Mountain View Partners, for whom KGL Constructors is performing the design and construction. KGL is a consortium made up of Kiewit Management Co., Graham Infrastructure and Ledcor Group of Companies. Mountain View Partners will also provide oversight during the Operations and Maintenance period, which has been subcontracted to Alberta Highway Services Ltd. (AHSL), a subsidiary of Colas Group. The Transtec Group is a pavement engineering firm that delivers exceptional engineering in pavement design, design/build, P3, construction, research, pavement surface testing, pavement software development, and technology implementation. Transtec engineers pavements that reduce cost, accelerate schedules, and protect clients from risk. The firm has completed over 700 projects worth more than $50 billion on five continents and is a minority-owned small business based in Austin, Texas.
News Article | November 10, 2016
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 9, 2016) - Members of the media are invited to attend an important infrastructure announcement with Darshan Singh Kang, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Ward 7 Councillor Druh Farrell, the City of Calgary. Follow us on Twitter at @INFC_eng
News Article | October 28, 2016
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - October 25, 2016) - The City of Calgary is stifling new home builds with burdensome red tape, compared to more development-friendly suburbs, finds an updated survey of homebuilders released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. "Calgary city council talks about increasing density yet its policies are doing the opposite and driving residential development into neighbouring municipalities," said Kenneth Green, a senior research director at the Fraser Institute and co-author of New Homes and Red Tape in Alberta: Residential Land-Use Regulation in the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor. The survey ranks Calgary 10th out of 12 municipalities in the Calgary-Edmonton corridor when it comes to residential development regulations. Edmonton is ranked sixth. Strathmore, Foothills No. 31, Cochrane, Airdrie and Okotoks -- suburban and rural municipalities around the city of Calgary -- rank in the top five spots. They all earn higher marks from developers for having speedier approval times, better cooperation from council and community groups, and a lower cost (per housing unit) of complying with development regulations. In fact, the typical cost of complying with regulations on a per unit basis in Calgary is $5,000 more than in the surrounding suburbs. And permit approval times in Calgary average a staggering 13.5 months, compared to an average of 7.5 months for the top five suburbs, and more than 60 per cent of new home builds in Calgary require time-consuming and costly rezoning applications, which, in Calgary's case, take more than five months (on average) to complete. "If the City of Calgary really wants to attain its stated goal of increasing density, than it should align residential development regulation with the surrounding regions and stop stunting new development with excessive red tape," Green said. *Calgary-Edmonton corridor municipalities (least regulated at the top): *This aggregate index only includes municipalities that garnered sufficient numbers of survey responses. To arrange interviews with Ken Green or for more information, please contact: Bryn Weese Media Relations Specialist, Fraser Institute Office: (604) 688-0221 ext. 589 Cell: (604) 250-8076 email@example.com Follow the Fraser Institute on Twitter and Facebook The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of think-tanks in 87 countries. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Canadians, their families and future generations by studying, measuring and broadly communicating the effects of government policies, entrepreneurship and choice on their well-being. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit www.fraserinstitute.org.
News Article | November 10, 2016
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 10, 2016) - Members of the media are invited to attend an important infrastructure announcement with Darshan Singh Kang, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Ward 7 Councillor Druh Farrell, the City of Calgary. Follow us on Twitter at @INFC_eng
News Article | December 3, 2016
Total investment of more than $500 million CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Dec. 3, 2016) - Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day. Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minster of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, and the Honourable Joe Ceci, Alberta Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, announced $270.3 million for 52 new projects across Alberta through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding - just over $132.9 million - while the province is investing more than $79.4 million through Alberta's Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP). Municipalities are contributing the balance of $58 million. In addition, Alberta announced a further $156.5 million in GreenTRIP funding for 37 projects and is providing up to two-thirds of the cost for those projects. Municipalities will provide the balance of $79.2 million, for a total of $235.7 million. The list of new public transit projects includes significant investments in Calgary for critical work to support the city's Green Line LRT corridor. It also includes other important projects, such as the design and construction of bus bay turnouts and shelters in Fort McMurray, which will provide a safe location for passengers to get on and off buses away from traffic. Buses in Strathcona County will also be replaced, achieving 100 per cent accessibility for this municipality's transit fleet ahead of schedule, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These projects are in addition to the 49 public transit projects announced for Alberta on September 1, 2016 as part of the signing of the Canada-Alberta bilateral agreement. "The Government of Canada recognizes how important affordable and efficient transit infrastructure is to growing the middle class and getting Canadians to work on time and back home quickly at the end of a long day. We are very pleased to announce new public transit projects, which will help make municipalities across Alberta stronger, more inclusive and sustainable, while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family." The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities "Getting people where they need to go safely, quickly and comfortably is fundamental to economic growth and building an inclusive society. I'm very pleased to see how these new projects will result in widespread benefits for Calgary transit users." The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence "Our government is committed to ensuring Alberta municipalities have access to affordable, accessible and environmentally sustainable public transportation options. By collaborating with all orders of government, we are ensuring Albertans are getting the most out of our transit infrastructure investments. Public transit allows people to get where they want to go safely and efficiently, while reducing congestion and the number of vehicles on our roads which will help protect our environment now and in the future." The Honourable Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation "Through the Alberta Jobs Plan, our government has made significant investments in infrastructure throughout our province. Not only does this investment create jobs and act as a shock absorber during the economic slowdown, it prepares Alberta for a future of prosperity and growth. Today's announcement represents this commitment - with more than $258.9 million in combined federal and provincial funding going towards the City of Calgary's transit projects, all of which the City will direct to the Green Line. This means in the coming years, Calgarians will have new ways to get to work, take their kids to school and explore the city through public transit." The Honourable Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board and Alberta Minister of Finance "Investments in public transit are some of the most important investments a government can make. I'm very pleased to see all three orders of government working together to keep Calgarians moving efficiently. This early work on the Green Line LRT corridor helps us get even closer to building this important piece of public transit." Total investment of more than $500 million The governments of Canada and Alberta have approved a new list of transit projects under the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), which is designed to address key infrastructure priorities with a focus on repairing and upgrading existing facilities and assets. The Government of Canada is providing the Government of Alberta with $347,190,000 under PTIF, and will fund up to 50 per cent of the eligible project costs. The Government of Alberta and municipalities will fund the balance. As part of the bilateral agreement between Canada and Alberta, the following projects have now been approved for federal funding amounting to more than $132.9 million, while the province is investing more than $79.4 million through the Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP). Municipalities are contributing the balance of $58 million. These projects are in addition to the 49 PTIF projects announced for Alberta on September 1, 2016. The Government of Alberta is also providing $156.5 million in GreenTRIP funding for an additional 37 projects, providing up to two-thirds of the project cost. Municipalities will provide the balance of $79.2 million, for a total of $235.7 million.
News Article | December 15, 2016
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 15, 2016) - Mexico City becomes the latest non-stop business connection from YYC Calgary International Airport, with the announcement today of new service by Aeromexico. The airline will operate daily flights from the new International Terminal at YYC, linking Calgary and Mexico's capital city beginning June 1, 2017. Garth Atkinson, President & CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority, said today's announcement is great news for Alberta businesses. "This service connects Calgary with Mexico's primary business centre and creates additional opportunities for companies in Alberta involved in a number of industries important to both this province and Mexico, notably the agrifood and energy sectors," said Atkinson. "Through Aeromexico's extensive network in Central and South America, Alberta businesses also gain enhanced access to those markets," he added. YYC Calgary International Airport offers non-stop flights to more than 80 destinations across Canada and around the world, and the connectivity available through YYC to other parts of the country was an important factor in the airline's decision to begin operations out of Calgary. "Calgary is a very important destination for Aeromexico, as it will allow us to offer our customers the only nonstop flight available from Mexico City, providing customers with more choices for travel from Mexico, Central and South America to Canada, in addition to our flights to Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver," said Aeromexico's Chief Revenue Officer Anko van Der Werff. "Canada is Mexico's third largest trading partner, and this destination promotes the oil, gas and mining industries, as well as health services and education, so the airline will continue to offer increased connectivity options for its passengers," added the executive. Aeromexico's new service will bring additional tourism, travel and other economic benefits to Alberta, creating the equivalent of more than 300 jobs and adding almost $27.3 million to Alberta's GDP. "I am thrilled to welcome Aeromexico to Calgary and Alberta! This is a great opportunity to market Alberta as a world-class tourism destination and a strong trade partner. Mexico is a key tourism, trade, and investment market for Alberta, and increasing air access to our province is critical to help diversify our economy, create jobs and grow Alberta's tourism sector. Today's announcement puts Alberta on the map for Mexican tourists, investors and importers," said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism. The new route is also aligned with the City of Calgary's focus on economic connections with new markets. "The City of Calgary has been very active in global markets, including Mexico, talking to companies about the tremendous opportunities that exist in Calgary for business and building important linkages between our city and these important trade and business markets," said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "This new air service connecting Calgary with Mexico's business centre is an important one for our city, and showcases the successful collaborative efforts being invested to support and expand our economy." Aeromexico will operate its Boeing 737-800 aircraft, seating 160 passengers, and offering Clase Premier -- Aeromexico's business class -- on the service between YYC and Mexico City. The flight will arrive in Calgary at 2230 hrs and depart for Mexico City at 2330 hrs. The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit, non-share capital organization, incorporated under the Alberta Regional Airports Authorities Act, and is responsible for the safe, secure and efficient management of the YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Springbank Airport (YBW) under long-term lease from the Government of Canada. YYC's mandate is to advance economic and community development by providing improved airline and transportation services for the benefit of the public. The Authority has invested over $4 billion into the continued development of YYC, opening Canada's longest runway in 2014 and a new International Terminal in 2016. YYC is a key economic driver for Calgary and Alberta, generating more than $8 billion in economic activity annually and creating 48,000 jobs.
News Article | October 10, 2016
Celebrating the tallest wood-frame building of its kind anywhere in the world, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr recently attended the “topping out” ceremony of the Brock Commons Residence. The new University of British Columbia student housing tower rises 18 stories to reach a stunning 178.8 feet (53 meters) tall. Under construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus, the CA$51.5 million mass timber structure is a hybrid system comprised of cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor slabs, glulam columns, steel connectors, and concrete cores. On target to achieve LEED Gold certification, the building structure was completed less than 70 days after delivery of prefabricated components to the site. Construction will now turn to completing the building’s interior elements, with completion scheduled for early May 2017, approximately four months (or 18 percent) faster than standard high-rise projects. Expected to welcome students in September 2017, the UBC Brock Commons Residence will house 404 students in 33 four-bedroom units and 272 studio units. Upper year and Grad students will enjoy study and social gathering spaces in the building, and commuter students will also enjoy a beautiful lounge and study space on the ground floor. Minister Carr stated, “This remarkable building, the first of its kind in the world, is another shining example of Canadian ingenuity and innovation, an apt demonstration of how Canada’s forest industry is finding new opportunities through technology and innovation — opening up a world of possibilities for our forest and construction industries.” By using wood in the construction of UBC’s Brock Commons, the new student residence will store over 1,750 metric tons of global-warming related greenhouse gasses. This is roughly the same as removing 511 cars from Canadian roads every year. Recognizing forestry’s central role in an innovative fight against climate change, the Canadian government is promoting the country’s richest natural resource as a high-value, high-tech solution. By launching the Tall Wood Building Demonstration Initiative, Canada is actively working to expand the North American market for Canadian wood products, especially for use in wood-frame construction. With the use of advanced wood technologies, wood has become a highly practical and sustainable construction material for tall buildings. New mass timber products, including cross-laminated timber, glued laminated timber, and structural composite lumber is helping the construction industry design new buildings at heights never before imagined possible. Innovative wood-based products are leading to new structural solutions that also underscore the practicality and environmental benefits of constructing taller and larger buildings with wood. Prior to 2015, however, the typical height of wood buildings allowed by the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) was not greater than four stories. Now, new research linking scientific advances with technical expertise is promoting changes to the NBCC. Since 2007, Canada’s national forest research institute, FPInnovations, has been collaborating with the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and the National Research Council to develop technical information supporting changes to the NBCC. The collaboration team focused first on evaluating fire, acoustics, and building envelope performance of a range of multi-story wood-based building assemblies and systems. As of 2014, the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario, as well as the City of Calgary, have amended building codes to allow alternative solutions for wood-frame buildings of up to six stories tall. Building components made with wood can be prefabricated and are easy to assemble. Wood is also cost-effective, highly sustainable, and environmentally friendly. These factors are motivating municipal governments to mitigate urban sprawl by promoting taller and denser wood-frame housing developments. Stakeholders in the Canadian wood industry have indicated strong interest in designing and constructing wood buildings of 10 stories or higher, prompting Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to invest CA$5 million to support several projects. A review panel of Canadian architects, engineers, forestry executives, and research scientists ranked eight proposals and shortlisted three for development. An additional CA$1 million investment came in from the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, and the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec also provided governmental funding for shortlisted projects now being constructed within their boundaries. Among the three shortlisted tall wood projects in Canada’s Tall Wood Building Demonstration Initiative were the 18-story UBC Brock Commons Residence in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a 13-story mixed-use highrise in Quebec City called the Origine. Prior to the recent topping out of UBC’s Brock Commons, a 14-story tall wood residence in Norway held the title as the world’s tallest wood-frame high-rise building. Mohammad Mohammad, a research leader with FPInnovations and senior research advisor with NRCan states that tall wood buildings are now viable because of new mass timber engineered wood products, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), laminated strand lumber (LSL), and laminated veneer lumber (LVL). Speaking at the latest Wood Solutions Fair conference in Toronto, Mohammad noted that mass timber engineered wood products enables taller wood buildings to meet key design distinctions, including more stringent fire and structural requirements. Mohammad explained that buildings taller than six stories can now be approved under “alternative solutions,” if designers demonstrate that their tall wood buildings “meet or exceed the performance requirements of non-combustible steel or concrete highrises.” Although research and development efforts to demonstrate these performance requirements are costly and time-consuming, Mohammad notes that the NRCan is offering partnerships with private industry and provincial governmental agencies to help offset costs. This “will help make their wood designs competitive with concrete or steel,” says Mohammad. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store! Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | November 21, 2016
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 21, 2016) - Chris Burckhardt, Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Housing (USA) will share with Calgary's affordable housing community how he has helped develop affordable housing in 19 states for over 35,000 residents. With a business-like vigour, this international housing expert leverages a winning formula. Burckhardt ties housing and health outcomes, and identifies a quantifiable return on investment of affordable housing in communities. Mayor Naheed Nenshi will speak about the urgent need to address the local shortage of affordable housing and what the City of Calgary is doing. A panel discussion will take place with federal, provincial and municipal representatives each sharing their respective governments' housing priorities and updates on the various stages of development and implementation of their affordable housing strategies. The Opening Doors Conference is an opportunity for the affordable housing sector to gather to explore the changing profile of housing in Alberta, discuss challenges and opportunities, and learn more about strategies taking shape among all levels of government. Learn more. The Conference is held in commemoration of National Housing Day, which has been officially recognized by the Government of Canada for 16 years. The day sees local events to raise awareness about housing and homelessness. This is the 12th annual event held in Calgary.
News Article | November 23, 2016
Close to 200 affordable housing stakeholders from across Alberta gathered in Calgary today to attend the 12th Annual National Housing Day event in Calgary. The Opening Doors Conference, the premier National Housing Day event in the province, saw a keynote address from Chris Burckhardt, Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Housing (USA), an international housing expert who has helped develop affordable housing across the USA for over 35,000 residents. Chris presented on how health outcomes are directly tied to safe, secure, affordable housing, and how providing affordable housing can be shown to provide a quantifiable return on investment in communities where it is built. The conference was opened by Mayor Naheed Nenshi who spoke about the urgent need to address the local shortage of affordable housing and what the City of Calgary, and fellow Calgarians, are doing, and can do about it. "With so much unprecedented focus on affordable housing and housing affordability this conference has served as an opportunity for us to think more strategically and collaboratively as a sector, celebrate what we have all accomplished and come together to plan for the future" says Kim O'Brien, Chair of the Conference Committee and Executive Director of Horizon Housing Society. Delegates from across Alberta came together to share best practices being implemented across the province to add more affordable housing to communities, explored the changing profile of housing in Alberta, and learned more about strategies taking shape among all orders of government. A panel discussion was held with federal, provincial and municipal representatives each sharing their respective governments' housing priorities and updates on the various stages of development and implementation of their affordable housing strategies. The Conference was held in commemoration of National Housing Day, which has been officially recognized by the Government of Canada since it was declared in 2000. The day sees local events to raise awareness about housing and homelessness across Canada.
Kuzyk L.W.,City of Calgary
Ecological Indicators | Year: 2012
The ecological footprint (EF) and its unit, the global hectare, share a reputation of effectively communicating the connection between local awareness and global impact. One use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) in urban planning is decision support, while the potential of the ecological footprint in GIS has not developed significantly. The smaller the spatial unit in GIS, the more accurate and flexible are the available GIS analyses. As urban planners are interested in showing sustainability at a local level and need accurate local data, the EF Housing component, of specific interest to planners is estimated here through a bottom up or component method to meet this need for a local measure. Average household energy use is purchased from local utilities companies in units of energy while the City Assessment department supplies dwelling size data for each household. Postal code areas approximating block faces are created for the City of Calgary in GIS and energy and household size is converted to GIS format allowing GIS analysis and map creation. A sample analysis is carried out that involves comparison between the sustainability of inner city single family Infill housing and older existing single family housing. This case study method involves a direct measure of housing energy and materials consumption, yet one that may be expressed in global hectares. Analytical output shows a net increase in the use of global hectares by Infill houses where improved building insulation standards and heating technology effecting gas consumption over time are more than offset by increased house size. Ecological footprint components, such as the Housing and perhaps Mobility, of specific interest to urban policy planners can be presented in GIS maps and tables to stimulate urban planner policy debate and potential decision-making support. GIS sourced household data while retaining units in EF global hectares makes sustainability analysis possible at a household scale. The GIS analysis here, which spatially and numerically shows the difference in sustainability between Infill housing and older existing housing, may allow planners to formulate effective policy. As well as the benefits of the land use measure and global data at a local level, the EF is effective in raising awareness, education and policy debate. Local ecological footprint measurements appear to be in a position to support urban planner policy decisions. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.