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Old Posted Aug 9, 2010, 10:06 PM
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While woodroffe might have to closed for longer than the queensway was for either of the Carling area bridges, I think the comparison is silly. The 417 is part of the main east-west cross country highway in Canada, and the main arterial road through Ottawa. I am sure the MTO paid a lot more money than Ottawa is paying to minimize downtime on the 417 as much as possible since the route is the economic backbone of the city in terms of transportation infrastructure. Shutting down a suburban road for a day longer to save a couple million dollars for the city is an excellent policy decision in my opinion. Besides, there are alternative routes along merivale and through centerpoint.

As for the poor planning in delivery of the bridge, It's too bad, but hopefully not too expensive. A week isn't that much for a project that is to last 3 years I think...
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update on the ped bridge
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Algonqu...888/story.html

from the media reports I've been reading, this seems to be the contractors fault, not the city's. They told the City they had the needed permits but actually didn't have them.
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Old Posted Aug 13, 2010, 7:45 PM
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Should have been shipped by rail anyway. These are the kind of loads that rail is really good for. Varennes is rail served and the bridge could even have been shipped as close as Woodroffe. But no, not when it comes to Ottawa. Can't think outside the asphalt.
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So when will the ped bridge be installed?
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Old Posted Aug 19, 2010, 2:14 AM
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It looks like at lease half of the bridge has arrived, it is currently lying in the middle of woodroffe. Perhaps the other half is elsewhere on the site, and it will be installed this weekend?
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The other half was delivered this afternoon. Saw it on the Queensway around 1:45pm today at the Woodroffe off ramp. Looks like they were having fun trying to navigate the loop!
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It looks like at lease half of the bridge has arrived, it is currently lying in the middle of woodroffe. Perhaps the other half is elsewhere on the site, and it will be installed this weekend?
According to the City's PSA, yes.

http://ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/pressco.pl?...=16243&lang=en
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Old Posted Aug 22, 2010, 7:09 AM
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The bridge is looking good. When I was there tonight, I saw half go up. Didn't stay for the rest.









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nice update!

this is from the City of Ottawa Baseline-Woodroffe traffic cam this afternoon
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fancy website

Countdown 365: Algonquin’s new trades centre opens one year from today
Sept. 3, 2010 – Algonquin College’s Dean for the Faculty of Technology and Trades welcomed elected officials, and members of the media, to the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) construction site for a “behind the scenes” tour and to kick-off the official 365-day countdown to the opening of the new $79-million facility.
“We are on time, on budget, and extremely pleased to be starting the 365-day countdown to the opening of this uniquely green facility,” said Claude Brulé, Dean, Faculty of Technology and Trades, Algonquin College. “This new facility will not only help address the skills shortage in the construction industry, it will be a showcase for green sustainable construction and education in Eastern Ontario.”


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From October 11, 2010.







This last picture is taken on the new Navaho overpass. From this end, work has begun covering up the trench for the transit tunnel.

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Proposed ?I think the heading needs to be changed.
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Also, the glass in the pedestrian bridge is now installed.



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The arch of the bridge support lines up nicely with the door of the old building, but the arch at the new building is offset from those doors. I think some-one wasn't paying attention.

Also, the latest renderings on the Algonquin Web Site, show only green panels beside the windows instead of the multi-coloured ones we were promised.

Has anyone noticed that the loading bays for the new building are on the north end? Shipments of materials will come in from Navaho - only the City has put a concrete median along Navaho which will make that impossible. I am hoping to be corrected if I mis-interpreted this situation.
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Ottawa's Algonquin College breaks ground on Centre for Construction Excellence
New home for trades training, sustainable building education
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http://dcnonl.com/article/id35860

Ground has been broken for the construction of a building that will not only house construction trades training, but also an applied learning centre for sustainable building.

Robert Gillett, president of Algonquin College, turned the sod recently for the $77-million building that will house all of the college’s construction-related training programs. The facility, he said, “will not only help to address the skills shortage in the construction industry, it will be a showcase for green construction and training in Eastern Ontario.”

Called the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence, the building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011. It will be a 180,000-square-foot structure, and will house about 2,500 student spaces, an increase of about 600 spaces.

The building, designed to achieve the LEED Platinum rating, will also be a showcase and teaching laboratory for best practices in sustainable construction.

Gillett said it will be “the largest building in Canada to meet the exacting standards for LEED Platinum status.”

EllisDon Corporation is the design-build contractor.



ALGONQUIN COLLEGE RENDERING The proposed woodshop training area in the new Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence.

Architects on the project are Diamond + Schmitt Architects Incorporated and Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates Architects Inc.

Michael Leckman, a principal with Diamond + Schmitt, said the building will be an example of “super green” construction.

It will feature a storm-water recovery system to capture rainwater for flushing toilets. Solar panels will provide some power and hot water and serve as a working demonstration of the potential of solar energy. A five-storey-tall “bio-wall” in the building’s atrium will be covered with plants that will help control the indoor environment by controlling humidity and filtering the air.

The building will have R30 insulation in the walls and R50 in the roof. Windows will be triple glazed. Heat pumps will provide heating and cooling.

Much of the roof will be an undulating green garden that will, Leckman said, “add campus greenspace and help with insulation (while) lowering the demands on the heating and cooling systems.”

Algonquin presently runs 19 full-time construction-related programs, and more are being planned. The college also offers 13 evening and weekend programs.

The need is clear. The construction industry’s workforce is aging, and by 2020, about half of existing trades workers are expected to retire.

The Construction Sector Council has estimated that 56,300 new construction workers will be needed to replace those retiring and to sustain the Ontario workforce at its 2006 level. And 17,600 new workers will also be needed by 2016 to fill positions expected to be created through growth in the industry.

There are likely to be labour shortages in the short term, as well. The day before the ground-breaking at Algonquin, some local industry spokespeople had expressed concern over a possible shortage next spring, when the bulk of Ottawa’s stimulus projects get into the ground.

The federal and Ontario governments each contributed $35 million to the project, and the city of Ottawa donated the land, worth $2 million.

In addition, $7 million is being raised by the local construction industry.
That funding drive got a big boost recently when Roger Greenberg, chairman and CEO of Minto Group, made a gift of $1 million. Gillett said it was the largest individual gift in the history of Algonquin College.

Greenberg noted that “education is a cornerstone of a strong community and an integral part of its over-all success.”

“We feel privileged to be able to contribute to development of the skilled and educated workforce of tomorrow.”


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A living wall, or “bio-wall” on one side of the building’s atrium will rise five storeys and will help clean the indoor air and control humidity.


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This low aerial view shows part of the extensive green roof that will cap much of the building.


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Parts of the extensive green roof will be used as park space, an extension of the Algonquin campus. This view shows the undulating nature of the roof.
The photos above show lots of interesting colours for the transparent panels that stick out by the windows. The ones actually installed are washed-out variations on yellow/green.

Very lame decision by somebody.
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Great looking building
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Two weeks ago. Note the green roof:

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Old Posted Aug 9, 2011, 8:16 AM
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Not sure if it's just me but I'm not big fan of the facade of that new Algonquin building on the Woodroffe side
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