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Dec. 14, 2016 - GSM Project is announcing its collaboration with SL Green Realty Corp. on the design of the upcoming observation deck experience at One Vanderbilt, a 1,401-foot skyscraper scheduled to open in New York City in 2020.
Another year has blown by and we’ll soon be looking at 2016 in the rear view mirror.  I’m still looking at the grass from above, so all in all, I don’t have much to complain about. After my rant about our Ontario provincial government in the last issue, the Attorney General finally released the expert review of the Construction Lien Act I’ve been ragging on about for the past few years. 
Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall released a white paper recently calling for a different approach to fighting climate change. In it, he identified “adaptation, innovation and taxation” as the three possible ways to address the problem.
Designed by Vancouver based Michael Green Architecture (MGA) in conjunction with Architect-of-Record DLR Group, the seven storey high-rise in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighbourhood is the largest mass timber building in the United States.
Nov. 17, 2016 - The PCL family of companies is pleased to announce that succession transition has officially taken place for its leadership position of President and Chief Executive Officer.
Municipalities issued $6.9 billion worth of building permits in September, down 7.0% from August. Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario recorded the largest declines. The overall decrease was attributable to lower construction intentions for non-residential buildings, led by commercial structures.
Nov. 3, 2016 - Edmonton based Step Ahead Properties Ltd. gathered with Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems at thei rWestgate Manor site in Glenwood to launch construction of an exciting new affordable housing development, which will see the infill addition to the property of 20 units of purpose-built affordable rental housing.
Nov. 3, 2016 - As Canada faces an extended period of slow growth, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes thefocus on immigration and skilled workers announced today by Finance Minister Morneau. Improved visa processing times for low-risk, high-skill talent and new work permit exemptions for people spending less than 30 days a year in Canada are both long-standing recommendations of the Chamber, and their implementation will help make Canadian businesses more competitive.
Walking into Steinway Hall is like entering a gallery where the world’s finest pianos sit on display as exhibitions of art....and Steinway agrees. The company touts each piano as a “masterpiece of craftsmanship and a consummate work of art. The STEINWAY piano exists to remove all barriers between the listener and the pure, uncompromised expression of the artist.” The same can be said for their New York City storefront, an M. Cohen & Sons project. Consisting of 23 glass lites, each over 100 sq. feet, the all-glass façade removes all visual barriers for the exterior foot traffic and allows the ‘uprights’ and the ‘grands’ to shine on display.
Oct. 6, 2016 - The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a new Healthy Workplaces website that brings together some of the best information, tools and resources available to help employers, workers, and practitioners participate in making their workplaces healthy and safe. A healthy and productive workplace culture that creates an environment which promotes employee mental and physical health, as well as productivity and organizational effectiveness, can benefit employers and employees alike.
Way back in February, 2015, the Ontario government issued a press release stating “Ontario is launching an expert review of the Construction Lien Act that will include the examination of payment issues within the construction sector.” It went on to say that “strengthening Ontario’s construction sector is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario.” It was stated on many occasions thereafter that the process would be fully transparent.
Canada’s fenestration industry is remarkably well placed to take advantage of emerging global market trends in the foreseeable future. Here at home, the continuing domestic slowdown in new construction and the increasing cost of new home construction and renovation is depressing the market.
Government intervention onhousing prices probably won’t help.
Sept. 22, 2016 - The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is putting the finishing touches on a major retrofit, featuring a new Lamberts channel glass façade by Bendheim Wall Systems Inc. The vibrant, ceramic-fritted glass units rise along the building’s 10 stories and a 2-story-tall ‘lantern’ cupola. The striking colors of the glass are visible from a distance in the day or night, while the smart technical design of the system makes this project truly stand out by answering a number of unique design challenges. It is the first and only installation of vertically-unitized, multi-colored ceramic-fritted channel glass in North America.
Sept. 22, 2016 - Apogee CEO Joeseph Puishys reported strong results for its architectural glass and framing systems segment in his second quarter earnings conference call. Apogee is the parent company of Viracon, Alumicor, Wausau, Tubelite and Linetec. A portion of the transcript follows:

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