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STAFF WRITER – The GTA Construction Report Special Feature

Black & McDonald Limited has grown from two men and a truck in 1921, to over 3,500 employees working out of a network of more than 25 offices across Canada and the United States. Today, the company remains a privately owned Canadian company, an integrated, multi-trade prime contractor serving government, institutions, industry and commerce.

The company’s Sheet Metal and Custom Fabrication groups provide services ranging from heavy industrial to Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) work, as well as turnkey specialty metal fabrication for every form of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, exhaust, environ- mental, skid, pressure vessel and yet-to-be-thought-of need. Black & McDonald is a driving force in the recent boom in infrastructure, providing sheet metal installations for many high profile healthcare and research facilities. The company has completed many large bid and spec contracts and currently has several underway, with two more just be- ginning. Such healthcare projects along with other institu- tional and commercial contracts represent Black & McDonald’s considerable sheet metal presence in the Greater Toronto Area.

When asked about interesting developments of the past

year, Jason Chobotiuk, Division Manager, Sheet Metal and Custom Fabrication, replied: “The continuing requirement and use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the commercial sector has been notable. Black & McDonald’s experience with BIM and our in-house custom design/fab- rication capabilities have provided great value to our clients. Our Virtual Construction Group has grown dra- matically, from a mid size Sheet Metal group to almost dou- ble since 2007. Our services now also include designing for mechanical and electrical needs. Thus, even for complex critical environments, we are able to consistently complete challenging projects on-time and on-budget.” One example of Black & McDonald’s challenging proj- ects was a fast-track, mission-critical project in Ottawa for which our Ottawa Region was the project’s prime mechan- ical contractor responsible for erecting boilers, pipe racks, piping, ductwork and boiler controls. The key to the pro- ject’s success was the joint effort of Black & McDonald’s Ottawa and Scarborough fabrication facilities. The Ottawa plant worked around the clock producing pipe racks and piping spools for the 8”Ø to 16”Ø natural gas, steam and condensate lines. The heavy gauge ductwork assemblies were modeled and produced in Black & McDonald’s Scar- borough fabrication plant and then installed at the Ottawa site with their 60-man multi-trade crew.

Further examples that highlight the company’s exten- sive custom design/fabrication capabilities are the piping and exhaust hoods for data centre projects in Ontario and BC.

Black & McDonald's management and employees alike are committed to working "The Black & McDonald Way", with safety, quality and continuous improvement always top of mind. They repeatedly exceed their customers' ex- pectations through innovative and cost effective solutions. Thus, they remain proud of their past, advanced in their ca- pabilities, and driven to deserve their reputation.


STAFF WRITER – The GTA Construction Report Special Feature

The Toronto Sheet Metal Contractors Association (TSMCA) will soon provide enhanced services to mem- bers through membership in the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioners Contractors’ National Association, with the memorable acronym, SMACNA.

This decision – the new membership is scheduled to commence in January 2011 – is significant because SMACNA has taken the lead in developing technical specifications for the industry and the technical support, manuals and resources available to SMACNA members will facilitate success in winning work on projects that are designed for quality, durability and safety. TSMCA executive director Wayne Peterson says “we expect our contractors will be able to save money with access to all of the SMACNA technical manuals at no cost – some are $400 to $1,000 each, and there are several different manuals for different circumstances.” As well, the national association provides business training and technical training and support seminars. “These are open to the design community including ar- chitects and engineers, allowing them to understand the SMACNA standards better and to provide networking opportunities for our contractors.” SMACNA has approximately 2,000 members in 98 chapters in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Brazil. The Association ships more than 17,000 technical manuals annually.

For more information about SMACNA benefits, visit the association’s website at

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