Construction sector booms in July

Farmer’s fields may have been dry, but this summer yielded a bumper crop of work for local contractors, according to municipal records.

July saw the highest number and value of permits year-over-year in at least three years, with permit values up 14.2 per cent and numbers jumping 12.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The city granted 963 permits in July, with a combined value of $204.8 million.

Over the last three years, only two months have seen more permits granted than this July (June 2011 with 979 and June 2009 with 987).

Contributing to the high numbers was an $18.85-million permit for the superstructure of Morguard Investments’s 21-storey Performance Court office tower at 150 Elgin St.

That’s followed in value by the $18.54 million being spent renovating 349 Terry Fox Dr. in the Kanata Research Park for Ericsson Canada.

Minto Communities Inc. tacked on 48 separate permits ranging from $1.1 million to $1.2 million for construction of stacked rowhouses on Mersey Drive and Argent Private in Kanata.

Richcraft Homes Ltd. secured 16 permits – each valued at $1.2 million – to build a three-storey, 16-unit apartment on Beryl Private in Gloucester.

The top permits in July by value, excluding the large blocks of separate permits noted above, are:

 

Performance Court

150 Elgin St.

Contractor: J2 Construction Management Inc.

Description: Construct the superstructure of a 21-storey office building

Value: $18,850,754

 

Swansea Building

(349 Terry Fox Dr.)

Contractor: Kanata Research Park

Description: Interior alterations on all floors of a three-storey office building

Value: $18,539,000

 

1145 Bridge St.

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a three-storey concrete frame retirement home with 125 units

Value: $10,575,940

 

Parliament Hill

(111 Wellington St.)

Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Description: Seismic upgrades to an existing three-storey institutional building

Value: $8,138,000

 

Euro Tile & Stone

(3103 Hawthorne Rd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a one-storey industrial building

Value: $4,000,000

 

University of Ottawa

(200 Lees Ave.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct the foundation for a one-storey recreational dome and bleachers with press box

Value: $3,000,000

 

OC Transpo

(899 Belfast Rd.)

Contractor: Ruiter Construction Ltd.

Description: Construct a one-storey addition at the rear and interior alterations to a one-storey warehouse

Value: $2,950,000

 

2730 Swansea Cres.

Contractor: Simluc Contractors Ltd.

Description: Construct a one-storey industrial building (shell only)

Value: $2,640,000

 

Steve Maclean Public School

(4175 Spratt Rd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a two-storey addition at the rear of a two-storey institutional building.Value: $2,500,000

 

K.W. Neatby Building #20, Central Experimental Farm

(960 Carling Ave.)

Contractor: Black & McDonald Ltd.

Description: Interior alterations to a four-storey office building

Value: $2,165,000

 

Stantec Inc.

(1331 Clyde Ave.)

Contractor: Broccolini Construction Inc.

Description: Tenant fit-up on the third, fourth and fifth floors of a five-storey office building

Value: $1,800,000

 

St. George’s Parish

(415 Piccadilly Ave.)

Contractor: M.P. Lundy Construction Ltd.

Description: Construct a one-storey addition and interior alterations to a two-storey institutional building

Value: $1,736,000

 

Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

(1980 Ogilvie Rd.)

Contractor: Apollo General Contracting

Description: Interior alterations to a one-storey retail building

Value: $1,687,000

 

47 Orville St.

Contractor: Roseland Developments

Description: Construct a three-storey, 20-unit apartment building

Value: $1,650,000

 

CaseWare IDEA Inc.

(St. Laurent Shopping Centre - 1200 St. Laurent Blvd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Interior alterations on the second floor of a two-storey retail building

Value: $1,400,000

 

Laboratory Services Building #22, Central Experimental Farm

(960 Carling Ave.)

Contractor: Black & McDonald Ltd.

Description: Interior alterations to a four-storey office building

Value: $1,310,322

 

LCBO

(4460 Limebank Rd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Tenant fit-up in a one-storey retail buildingValue: $1,058,333