May construction permits down from last year

A near-absence of large-scale commercial projects weighed down Ottawa’s construction sector for the second straight month, municipal records show.

The city issued 810 building permits in May for projects worth an estimated $148.83 million in total. That’s down 54.64 per cent year-over-year, but construction intentions in May 2013 were the highest for the month in at least the last six years.

Ongoing work to the city’s light-rail line and a flurry of residential projects accounted for the highest-value permits issued last month:


Rideau Centre

(50 Rideau St.)

Description: Interior alteration to levels P1, one and two of a four-storey retail building to install stairs and escalators to access Ottawa’s light-rail line.

Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada

Value: $3,353,191


1660 Comstock Rd.

Description: Construct a one-storey warehouse (shell only).

Contractor: Simluc Contractors

Value: $2,909,815



(501-529 Chaperal Pvt. – odd)

Description: Construct a three-storey block of 15 rowhouse dwellings.

Contractor: Tamarack

Value: 15 permits at $2,591,258 each


Algonquin College

(1385 Woodroffe Ave.)

Description: Replace rooftop HVAC system.

Contractor: Siemens Canada

Value: $2,500,000


228-254 Pembina Priv. – even

Description: Construct a three-storey, 14-unit block of stacked rowhouses.

Contractor: Urbandale

Value: 14 permits at $1,745,010 each



(2880 Gibford Dr.)

Description: Construct a one-storey restaurant

Contractor: Horne Construction

Value: $1,470,059


73-75 Harvey St.

Description: Construct a four-storey, 12-unit apartment building with one level of underground parking.

Contractor: Delbrook Homes

Value: Two permits at $1,408,165


Ecole Garneau

6588 Carriere St.

Description: Interior alterations to the basement and first floor of a three-storey school.

Contractor: Unknown

Value: $1,380,000


280 West Hunt Club Rd.

Description: Construct a one-storey restaurant (shell only).

Contractor: Unknown

Value: $1,377,161


Ottawa Train Yards

(575 Industrial Ave.)

Description: Construct a one-storey shell building.

Contractor: Unknown

Value: $1,350,000