Ottawa Construction News staff writer
Ottawa’s construction industry has started 2018 with a booming increase in building permit volume, at last compared to the last two years.
The city recorded $140.7 million in permits for the first 31 days of the year, compared to $107.5 million in January 2017, $116.2 million in January 2016 and $119.1 million in January, 2015. Compared to last year, this represents almost a 31 per cent increase in activity.
There are a diversity of projects in the January totals, with the top five permits including a school, two apartment buildings, and two office projects.
785 Goulbourn Forced Rd. – $9,478,735
The Ottawa Catholic School District expects the new Kanata North Elementary School to be ready for the start of the next school year in September.
The school, on a 6.52 acre site on the south side of Terry Fox Dr., will have the capacity to accommodate 461 students.
70 Gloucester St. – $9,397,160
Claridge Homes has received a foundation permit for a 27 storey apartment building with five levels of underground parking.
420 Cooper St. – $4,822,309
This permit for the Centretown Community Health Centre includes interior alterations to the ground floor of a nine-storey office building.
60 Moodie Dr. – $3,092,000
Another piece of the conversion of the former Nortel site into the Department of National Defence headquarters, this project involves interior alterations to all floors of a five storey office building (Building 5).
150 Greenfield – $3,019,510
The Independent Development Group is building a four storey, 23 unit low rise apartment building, with 19,899 sq. ft. The developer reports the project, called Canal Lofts, has sold out all of its units.