Construction

A rendering of the interior of the University of Victoria’s new six-storey addition to the engineering and computer science building, expected to be complete by 2024. (Credit: Dialog Design)

$89.6-million engineering, computer science expansion coming at University of Victoria

Two new facilities on campus will create room for 500 more students

 

Newly-paved section of Crofton Road. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton Road improvement work nearing completion

Contractors expect it’ll be smooth sailing for motorists by the end of the month

 

A grand opening of the newly-renovated and expanded Forbes Hall on Thetis Island is expected to take place in September. (Photo by Ann Dickie)

Expanded Forbes Hall on Thetis Island will serve many purposes

Immunization clinics already held, with a couple of summer events planned

 

May 15, 2021, 2021 - Kyle Velikovsky photographed in front of boats and boat houses at Van Isle Marina for Secrets and Lives in Boulevard Victoria. Don Denton photograph

Secrets and Lives With Kyle Velikovsky

White Wolf Homes custom home builder talks business and life

  • Jun 28, 2021
May 15, 2021, 2021 - Kyle Velikovsky photographed in front of boats and boat houses at Van Isle Marina for Secrets and Lives in Boulevard Victoria. Don Denton photograph
The number of skilled trades workers available is not enough to fill the current construction boom in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Supply of skilled tradespeople can’t keep up to Vancouver Island construction boom

Thousands of positions will be needed by 2030, despite flow of Camosun trades students

The number of skilled trades workers available is not enough to fill the current construction boom in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
In a Council of Construction Associations video about hardhat safety, Vickramjit Poonia of Lecor Construction Ltd. (right) speaks as David Sarai of New York Painting (left) looks on, at a Surrey job site. (Youtube.com)

B.C.’s relaxed hardhat rules aim to include more turban-wearing workers on job sites

WorkSafeBC change ‘will allow more Sikhs to come to work without having to compromise religious beliefs’

In a Council of Construction Associations video about hardhat safety, Vickramjit Poonia of Lecor Construction Ltd. (right) speaks as David Sarai of New York Painting (left) looks on, at a Surrey job site. (Youtube.com)
Letters to the editor.

Absence of landscaped median an ill-conceived alteration

Corridor project omission leads to dangerously narrow traffic lanes

  • Jun 3, 2021
Letters to the editor.
Planters are abundant along Chemainus Road. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Project response a familiar refrain

Corridor upgrade just like Waterwheel parking lot for concerns

Planters are abundant along Chemainus Road. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Paving is planned for the “S” curves at the bottom of the Hump on Highway 4. (GOOGLE MAPS SCREENSHOT)

Prepare for Hwy 4 delays

Mainroad crews will be paving the “S” curves east of Port Alberni summit

Paving is planned for the “S” curves at the bottom of the Hump on Highway 4. (GOOGLE MAPS SCREENSHOT)
Cars go around the River Road roundabout. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Residents offer Chemainus Road project reviews

Overall look gets a passing grade, but some elements cited as problematic

Cars go around the River Road roundabout. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lumber is shown in the back of a van in this recent image provided by the Saskatoon Police Service. The skyrocketing prices for lumber is fuelling a trend that has authorities across the country warning builders to keep their guard up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Saskatoon Police Service-Const. Derek Chesney *MANDATORY CREDIT*

‘It is a gold mine:’ Builders warned of rising lumber thefts across Canada

Many North American mills curtailed production temporarily earlier in 2020 because of COVID lockdowns

Lumber is shown in the back of a van in this recent image provided by the Saskatoon Police Service. The skyrocketing prices for lumber is fuelling a trend that has authorities across the country warning builders to keep their guard up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Saskatoon Police Service-Const. Derek Chesney *MANDATORY CREDIT*
An awning was added to the Chemainus Library as a final part of construction. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Two Chemainus buildings finalists for commercial awards

Cottages on Willow and Chemainus Library on VIREB list

An awning was added to the Chemainus Library as a final part of construction. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Inflation rose 2.2 per cent in March 2021 compared to March 2020, according to Statistics Canada. Month-to-month inflation rose 1.1 per cent in March over February. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Inflation up 2.2% in March but figures reflect declines during pandemic

Monthly inflation rose 1.1 per cent in March over February

Inflation rose 2.2 per cent in March 2021 compared to March 2020, according to Statistics Canada. Month-to-month inflation rose 1.1 per cent in March over February. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)
Hwy. 4 was shut down in both directions for 10 hours on March 23 as a rock bluff was blasted as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. Commuters can expect five more 10 hour closures on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 28. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Five 10-hour Pacific Rim highway closures planned in the next 6 weeks

Closures needed for rock blasting as part of the Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement project.

Hwy. 4 was shut down in both directions for 10 hours on March 23 as a rock bluff was blasted as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. Commuters can expect five more 10 hour closures on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 28. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Letters to the editor.

High praise for Chemainus Road improvements

High time for Ladysmith to match the design in a friendly competition?

  • Mar 25, 2021
Letters to the editor.
Tourism Tofino’s Cox Bay visitor centre won VIREB’s Best Institutional Building and Judges Choice award in 2020. This year’s nomination deadline is March 31. (Tourism Tofino photo)

Building awards will recognize some of Vancouver Island’s best construction projects

VIREB Commercial Building Awards asking for nominations

Tourism Tofino’s Cox Bay visitor centre won VIREB’s Best Institutional Building and Judges Choice award in 2020. This year’s nomination deadline is March 31. (Tourism Tofino photo)
Enhancements along Chemainus Road have made the entrance road look much more polished and modern. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Roads smoother with upgrades

Projects getting completed more during than COVID than before

Enhancements along Chemainus Road have made the entrance road look much more polished and modern. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Winter work is conducted by Char Waters of Milestone Equipment Contracting on landscaping along the Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade Project, part of the finishing touches being done. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Landscaping taking shape along Chemainus Road

A bit more difficult to make things look tidy after a snowfall

Winter work is conducted by Char Waters of Milestone Equipment Contracting on landscaping along the Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade Project, part of the finishing touches being done. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Detailed planning as last presented to the community for the Crofton ferry terminal redevelopment. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Projects continue without delays

Only the Crofton ferry terminal redevelopment remains stalled

Detailed planning as last presented to the community for the Crofton ferry terminal redevelopment. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Charlotte and Travis Erdely

Life and style with Charlotte Erdeley

Custom home building as a team with husband Travis

  • Feb 1, 2021
Charlotte and Travis Erdely