Ottawa building permit surge indicates thriving winter construction season


Ottawa Construction News staff writer

A major boost in Ottawa building permit approvals in February from the same time last year continued the sharp comparative increase between January 2017 and 2018 – indicating an exceptionally healthy winter construction market.

Total permits recorded in Feburary this year reached $161.5 million, compared to $119.8 million last February.

In January, the city recorded $140.7 million in permits for the first 31 days of the year, compared to $107.5 million in January 2017.

Overall, for the two first months of the year, there were $302.3 million in permits issued compared to $227.3 million in 2017, representing an impressive almost 33 per cent increase in the traditionally slowest months of the year.

Significant projects with permit values greater than $5 million in February included:

530 De Mazenod Ave. – $23,796,437

Morley Hoppener Inc. is building the nine-storory Terraces at Greystone (Phase I) condominium building in Old Ottawa East. The address given in promotional material for the project is 175 Main Developers are eQ Homes and The Regional Group, while Barry J. Hobin is the architect.  The building will be LEED certified.

1 Elgin St. – $12,350,143

PCL Contruction received this permit for its work on the massive National Arts Centre renovation. This permit is for interior alterations. Previous publicity indicates this is a wrap-up permit, as the overall renovation with the final work, new grand meeting rooms and a revitalized Mackenzie King Bridge entrance, were to have been completed in February.

120 Cortile Pvt. – $5,903,393

Urbandale Construction is building a four-story apartment structure.  This is for “Building A” of the complex.

269 Hunt Club Rd. –  $5,361,547

Laurin & Company (152610 Canada Inc.) is building a new Audi West Hunt Club dealership for Mark Motors. The permit covers “footings, foundation and structure (to roof) only.”





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