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Modern Programs in Historic Spaces

The residential liberal arts colleges of the U.S., while not wholly invisible, do not figure highly in media commentary compared to that country's major public research and private universities. Typically a handful of higher educational…

Q & A: The Finder of Lost Value

Philip Goldsmith, principal of Toronto-based Goldsmith, Borgal and Co. Ltd., is a leading authority on building conservation, adaptive reuse and restoration. His impressive list of projects includes the North Toronto Station/LCBO…

Products: It was a Very Green Year

This past year has been an exciting one in the world of green building. Every major city across North America has prominent examples of superb green buildings under construction. The supply chain for green buildings has never been better,…

Piecrust Solution

Of all the challenges of acquiring contaminated sites, the risk of unlimited liability is the most difficult to manage. In Canada, innocent purchasers of contaminated sites may have almost as much liability as the polluter itself. Ontario,…

Surrey Central City sold for $245 million

SURREY, British Columbia - Blackwood Partners of Toronto has acquired the Central City development in Surrey, BC, from the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) on behalf of a consortium of Canadian pension funds for $245.75 million.Designed…

Riding the Rails

Photography by Russ HeinlThe pending completion of Phase Four of the RailYards, a mixed-use community on the west shore of Victoria, B.C.'s Selkirk Waters represents another major building block in the ongoing transformation of the city's…

IPC REIT finds a buyer

TORONTO - Behringer Harvard REIT of Dallas, Texas, is proposing to buy Toronto-based IPC US REIT (IPC) for US$1.4-billion or US$9.75 per unit. IPC, who have been looking for a buyer since January, is the only Canadian REIT investing…

More than Bricks and Mortar

In his critically-acclaimed 2003 The Devil in the White City, a fictionalized account of the creation of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Erik Larson weaves American social and political history into a story about some…

Ontario to clean-up contaminated harbour

HAMILTON - The Ontario government has committed $30 million to clean up the highly contaminated Randle Reef in Hamilton Harbour. The reef is an ongoing source of contamination to the entire harbour as a result of high concentrations of coal…