Canada's largest development in history, exoskeletons and more

Vian Le
February 14, 2020

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1. Canada's largest development in history is underway at Square One in Mississauga

Anticipated for many years, Oxford Properties and Alberta pension fund AIMCo have announced The Square One District, a multi-decade project that will develop the sea of parking and open lots surrounding the 1972-built Square One mall. The developer, who has recently built Toronto's EY Tower, New York's Hudson Yards, and has plans for a $3.5 billion mixed-use complex adjacent to Toronto’s Rogers Centre, is going all-in on Downtown Mississauga with a 37-tower mixed-use development set to define the area for decades to come.

2. Exoskeletons are changing the future of Canada's construction industry

Exoskeletons are creating a new breed of construction worker in Canada, using wearable machinery to do work faster and with less fatigue. An exoskeleton's frame eases the strain of heavy lifting or repetitive tasks. It protects a person's joints and muscles from injury. Many in the industry say the days of workers damaging their bodies to make a buck could soon be over as exoskeletons become more common on construction sites. Some of the suits work like a lever, using counterweights to lift objects. The latest version is a fully powered motorized suit that can enhance a user's strength and stamina.

3. Why climate change makes waterproofing especially vital

Canada’s weather can be extreme, and climate change poses additional challenges for those involved in protecting the structure from water damage. Whether one is trying to keep water in or out of the structure or protect the concrete itself from the deteriorating effects of water, the decisions made during construction have major cost implications over the long term. This creates financial stress for building owners, facility managers, and developers.

4. PROCORE integrates Milwaukee's ONE KEY tracking & reporting tool into their platform

When Milwaukee Tool first released ONE-KEY, their Bluetooth-based tool tracking and reporting system, in 2015, they hoped to not only help reduce lost and stolen tools, but also increased visibility into maintenance needs. For the past few years, the company has continued to add more ONE-KEY enabled tools and software enhancements.  Now, Procore has jumped on board and ONE-KEY has been integrated into their platform. In the integration, Procore users can send portfolio and directory data to ONE-KEY for automated creation of places and people. Reporting and alerts data from ONE-KEY can then be sent back to Procore’s Daily Log for automated daily reporting.

5. Ontario's construction industry will need 100,000 new workers

The Ontario construction and maintenance sector will need to hire, train and retain nearly 100,000 additional workers to keep pace with expected demand growth and record retirements, according to a labour market forecast from thinktank BuildForce Canada. Employers in the construction sector need to find new ways to talk to millennials if they are going to solve a looming skilled trades shortage, according to the Ontario government.

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