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:
(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
1660 Comstock Rd.
Description: Construct a one-storey warehouse (shell only).
Contractor: Simluc Contractors
(501-529 Chaperal Pvt. – odd)
Description: Construct a three-storey block of 15 rowhouse dwellings.
Value: 15 permits at $2,591,258 each
(1385 Woodroffe Ave.)
Description: Replace rooftop HVAC system.
Contractor: Siemens Canada
228-254 Pembina Priv. – even
Description: Construct a three-storey, 14-unit block of stacked rowhouses.
Value: 14 permits at $1,745,010 each
(2880 Gibford Dr.)
Description: Construct a one-storey restaurant
Contractor: Horne Construction
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
6588 Carriere St.
Description: Interior alterations to the basement and first floor of a three-storey school.
280 West Hunt Club Rd.
Description: Construct a one-storey restaurant (shell only).
Ottawa Train Yards
(575 Industrial Ave.)
Description: Construct a one-storey shell building.