Ottawa’s construction sector recorded its best first quarter in at least four years, according to municipal records.
In the first three months of 2012, more than $523 million worth of construction permits were issued by the City of Ottawa. First-quarter aggregate values ranged between $336 million and $386 million over the previous three years, according to OBJ records.
Last month, the value of local construction permits increased by $77.8 million, year-over-year.
The city issued 618 permits compared to 490 a year earlier, a 26-per-cent increase. The combined value was $170 million, up from $92.3 million the year previous.
A partial permit for the foundation of the Kanata North Recreation Complex boosted the value of March’s permits by $26.9 million. A 12-storey apartment building on Champagne Avenue and the fit-up of an eight-floor office building on Terminal Avenue also contributed to the overall permit value.
The top permits in March by value are:
Kanata North Recreation Complex
(4101 Innovation Dr.)
Contractor: Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd.
Description: Construct two-storey sports complex (partial permit for foundation only)
(100 Champagne Ave. S.)
Contractor: Domicile Developments
Description: Construct a 12-storey apartment building
Public Works office building
(395 Terminal Ave.)
Contractor: Ron Engineering & Construction (Eastern) Ltd.
Description: Tenant fit-up on all floors of an eight-storey office building
(1201 Ohio St.)
Contractor: Longwood Building Corp.
Description: Construct 36 condominium units with one level of underground parking
3759 Conroy Rd.
Description: Demolish a two-storey detached dwelling
The Ottawa Hospital
(501 Smyth Rd.)
Description: Interior alterations on the second floor of an eight-storey institutional building
(19 Colonnade Rd.)
Contractor: SiteCast Construction
Description: Construct a one-storey industrial building
Toys “R” Us
(5661 Hazeldean Rd.)
Description: Construct a one-storey retail building
Ottawa Jama’at Khana Mosque
(3225 Conroy Rd.)
Description: Construct a two-storey institutional building
(2685 Iris St.)
Contractor: Aecon Construction Group
Description: Tenant fit-up in a one-storey retail building
307 LeBreton St. S.
Contractor: Canci Realty Investments Inc. & Locmelis Realty Inc.
Description: Construct a three-storey, 29-unit apartment building
Sir Frederick G. Banting Research Centre
251 Sir Frederick Banting Drwy.
Contractor: Laurin & Co.
Description: Interior alterations on the third and fourth floor of a four-storey commercial building
Thomas D'Arcy McGee Building
(90 Sparks St.)
Description: Interior alterations on the first floor of a 13-storey office building
4456 Limebank Rd.
Contractor: Urbandale Corp.
Description: Construct a one-storey commercial shopping plaza
1344 Youville Dr.
Contractor: Cubit Power Systems Inc.
Description: Install solar panels on the roof of a two-storey commercial building
2214 Conley Rd.
Description: Construct a two-storey detached dwelling with attached garage