Trades groups endow construction chair at McMaster

McMaster-cropped.jpgHAMILTON – McMaster University will receive $1,127,500 from 12 trades organizations over five years to establish a chair focused on advancing innovation in the heavy construction sector. Believed to be the first of its kind in Canada, the heavy construction chair will be in the department of civil engineering, extending as well to the McMaster-Mohawk BTech program. Heavy construction includes transportation networks such as roads, bridges, and harbour facilities; municipal infrastructure such as water supply and sewer systems; and the sustainable supply of power such as hydro-electric facilities. “We need to develop more intelligent infrastructure,” says Ghani Razaqpur, chair, department of civil engineering at McMaster. “That means more efficient, safer, and greener construction methods. It means longer lasting, sustainable infrastructure that needs less maintenance. But we need to attract and develop a pool of highly qualified engineers and engineering technicians who can provide the leadership and management skills to make it happen.” Contributing organizations include Hamilton and District Heavy Construction Association, Ontario Road Builders’ Association, Ministry of Transportation Ontario and Laborers International Union of North America – Ontario Provincial District Council.

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