Construction permits down 28%

Construction activity slowed dramatically last month with the lowest number and value of permits issued in September in at least three years, according to municipal records.

The City of Ottawa issued 605 permits last month, down 27 per cent year-over-year. Permit values added up to $98.8 million, which was was down 28 per cent compared to the same period last year.

It was the sixth-lowest value month in three years – including the winter months – according to data compiled by OBJ.

The top permit last month was valued at $10.6 million for the University of Ottawa to construct the foundation and structure of the five-storey Center for Advanced Photonics and Environmental Analysis Facility at 727 King Edward Ave.

Right behind it was a $9.5 million permit for PCL Constructors Canada Inc. to build the foundation of the new five-level parking structure at Bayshore Shopping Centre.

After that, values dropped significantly with the third highest permit at $4.9 million to construct the superstructure of the one-storey South Nepean Catholic Elementary School on Cambrian Road.

Minto Communities Inc. received dozens of permits, valued between $1.2 million and $1.6 million each, to build a total of 40 three-storey stacked rowhouses on Bluestone Private in Orleans.

Excluding Minto’s east-end residential project, the top permits in September by value are:

 

University of Ottawa Center for Advanced Photonics and Environmental Analysis Facility

(727 King Edward Ave.)

Description: Construct a five-storey institutional building (foundation and structure only)

Contractor: Unknown

Value: $10,560,467

 

Bayshore Shopping Centre

(100 Bayshore Dr.)

Description: Construct subgrade services and partial raft and mat footings for new five-level parking structure

Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Value: $9,500,000

 

South Nepean Catholic Elementary School

(3490 Cambrian Rd.)

Description: Construct a one-storey institutional building (superstructure only)

Contractor: Unknown

Value: $4,900,000

 

City of Ottawa maintenance and storage facility

(110 Iber Rd.)

Description: Interior alterations to a one-storey institutional storage garage

Contractor: GR Construction and Site Development

Value: $4,750,000

 

150 Guelph Priv.

Description: Construct a three-storey, 12-unit apartment building

Contractor: Unknown

Value: $1,586,600

 

140 Guelph Priv.

Description: Construct a three-storey, 12-unit apartment building

Contractor: Unknown

Value: $1,586,600

 

130 Guelph Priv.

Description: Construct a three-storey, 12-unit apartment building

Contractor: Unknown

Value: $1,586,600

 

Ernst & Young

(99 Bank St.)

Description: Interior alterations of the entire 12th floor of a 16-storey commercial building

Contractor: Unknown

Value: $1,380,000

 

International Dialogue Institute

(335 Michael Cowpland Dr.)

Description: Construct a one-storey institutional building

Contractor: Unknown

Value: $1,375,000

 

2558 Carp Rd.

Description: Construct a two-storey office building

Contractor: Argue Construction Ltd.

Value: $1,152,000