Fast food



Modular construction is serving up quick-service restaurants in record time


Modular construction has officially entered the world of quick-service restaurants (QSRs) in western Canada. Modus Structures and Pacific R.I.M. Services Ltd. recently joined forces to build a Harvey’s restaurant in Grande Prairie—the first modular QSR for the company and Alberta.

Like most modular projects, the restaurant was completed in record time.

All photos: Modus Structures

No dumping

 Edmonton’s new waste-to-biofuels plant will help the city divert up to 90 per cent of its garbage from the landfill


The Alberta Legislature Building lit up at night. Families splashing in the wave pool at West Edmonton Mall. Cyclists winding through the trails of the river valley. The glass pyramids of the Muttart Conservatory peaking over the hills of Gallagher Park. Row upon row of black compost stretching out in a building so large it could house 14 professional hockey rinks.


Photo: Enerkem Alberta Biofuels

The last oilsands mine?

A budget overrun on the $15-billion Fort Hills project could prove disastrous for the entire oilsands mining sector


Fort Hills 133 Suncor Energy-incIn the oilsands industry, mistakes are measured in the billions of dollars.

When Imperial Oil Ltd.’s Kearl oilsands mine began operations in 2013, the project cost was pegged at $12.9 billion—well above the original estimate of $7.9 billion. Yet it was hard not to greet the news of this $5-billion bump with a shrug. So what if another oilsands megaproject has blown past its original budget by a figure just shy of the gross domestic product of Prince Edward Island? Don’t they all?

Photo: Suncor Energy Inc.

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