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Mountain Wall Majesty

Mountain Wall Majesty The North Shore Mountains in Vancouver’s lower mainland are synonymous with West Coast living. But as more development occurs in the areas that surround these majestic hills, traffic congestion is as an unfortunate by-product. In order to help alleviate this, regional planners have begun an ambitious project that will see the highway…

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Industry Trends for 2019

Industry Trends for 2019 There is no shortage of changes, both positive and negative, facing the construction industry in 2019. Here are the top 10 items on the Canadian Construction industry radar for this year: 1) Confidence in Canada Approval issues for major projects and Canada’s relative tax disadvantage versus the U.S. could cause trouble…

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Safety Innovators – Part 2 in a Series

Safety Innovators – Part 2 in a Series The Torrent HardSet Tool In our first segment in our safety series, we looked at how the Torrent Shotcrete Blowout System provides better process control and worker safety when it comes to cleaning out hoses after a shoot In this second segment, we look at The Torrent…

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Torrent’s New Location

Torrent’s New Location We’re pleased to announce the next phase of Torrent Shotcrete’s growth in the Vancouver marketplace – a move to a new location that brings together our head office and operations teams all under one roof. Located close to our previous operations address in Coquitlam, BC, the new facility increases the Torrent footprint…

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Blending with Nature

Blending with Nature The perfect location at British Columbia’s world-renowned Whistler ski-resort. A premiere property and a dream house built to exacting specifications. It all adds up to a showcase home with delighted owners. But when the owners decided to make some additions, that’s where things started to get tricky. If you’ve ever been to…

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Innovation Triple Play

Innovation Triple Play With the pace of commercial construction in Canada’s major urban markets ramping up dramatically with no signs of things slowly down, it’s more important than ever for construction companies to look for opportunities to innovate creatively to meet the challenges of demanding schedules. When companies can come together to strategically assess projects,…

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Look up. Way up!

Look up. Way up! While jobs come in all sizes, some are just bigger than others. Way bigger. In this case, it’s CIBC Square at 81 Bay Street in Toronto. With 225 individual shoots scheduled, this project is the largest urban commercial project Torrent has ever worked on. It’s the largest building currently being constructed…

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Concrete, Heal Thyself!

Concrete, Heal Thyself! Concrete is the world’s most common building material and while it is long-lasting, it’s not indestructible. Ever since the Romans built the pantheon from it some 2,000 years ago, we’ve been trying to find ways to make concrete more durable. No matter how carefully it is mixed or reinforced, all concrete eventually…

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A Pool in the Sky

A Pool in the Sky A pool on an upper floor of a downtown hi-rise is not that unusual. Unless of course, it has to be constructed after the crane used to transport the concrete to the top of the structure has left the site. That was the case when, due to last minute design…

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They Shoot, They Score!

They Shoot, They Score! Torrent Shotcrete, Canada’s recognized shotcrete leader, added 10 fully ACI-certified wet-mix shotcrete nozzlemen to its ranks this past December 2017. ACI certified instructors Neil McKaskill and Roland Heere from Metro Testing were on hand at Torrent’s maintenance and operations yard in Coquitlam, BC to put the men through their paces. An…

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