Private sector sets pace for construction in B.C.

BTY Group's Market Intelligence Report Forecasts Stable Growth, Minimal Price 
VANCOUVER, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Private sector investment in new 
non-residential construction will complement healthy residential activity to 
keep construction workloads stable with minimal price increases in B.C. for 
2013, according to BTY Group's annual Market Intelligence Report on 
construction costs across Canada. 
"Major new investments in commercial-retail as well as mining and energy will 
lead the way in BC," said Joe Rekab, Managing Partner at BTY Group. "The 
province's residential sector, bolstered by continued strong in-migration, 
will buck the national cooling trend. Metro Vancouver will see the highest 
concentration of new commercial and residential activity." 
Highlights from across B.C. include: 

    --  Five new office towers worth $1.6 billion are under way in
        downtown Vancouver, with three major mall renewals in Metro
        Vancouver under construction or in the planning stage.
    --  Discount retailer Target is revamping 26 Zellers stores across
        B.C. over the next two years at $10 million a store.
    --  B.C.'s housing starts are projected to increase to 29,100 for
    --  Encana/Apache are investing $4.7 billion in the Kitimat Liquid
        Natural Gas Terminal and Pipeline
    --  Rio Tinto/Alcan are moving ahead on a $3.3 billion
        modernization of the Kitimat smelter.

BTY Group has been publishing its annual industry review of construction cost 
forecasts across Canada since 2003. Over the years the Market Intelligence 
Report has earned a reputation in the development, property and finance 
communities for crucial insight on factors behind the changing marketplace and 
reliable unit rate cost projections for the coming year. A full copy of the 
report can be accessed on BTY Group's website at

About BTY Group 
With eight offices across the country and more than three decades of 
experience in serving the construction and development industries, BTY Group 
is one of Canada's leading providers of Cost Management, Project Monitoring 
and Public- Private Partnership Advisory services.

Saira Muzaffar, Marketing & Communications Manager T: 416-596-9339

SOURCE: Independent Contractors And Businesses Association of BC (ICBA)

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CO: Independent Contractors And Businesses Association of BC (ICBA)
ST: British Columbia

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