Robertson Blog

Robertson 2020 Photo Award Winners
We are proud to announce Robertson’s 2020 Photo Award Winners! The quality of submissions continues to raise the bar for this competition and we are thrilled to see such design and innovation within our industry. Congratulations to all of our winners! Robertson’s 2020 Building of the Year The winning Read more....
Architects & Archetypes: Understanding the Roles of Architects and Engineers
Collaboration determines the success of any construction project. Dozens of different teams, specialists and tradesmen can be involved, each with their own concerns and responsibilities. It can sometimes be unclear who does what, who is responsible for what, and who should be involved at which point. Today, we’re Read more....
Retrofit Buildings for Self-Storage
The Perfect (Retro) Fit The self-storage business is booming in Canada. When the housing market goes bull, so does self-storage, and both have seen a healthy, steady incline – especially in urban and metropolitan areas. Even in more rural locales, self-storage is on the rise as “toy storage” for vacationers’ Read more....
What Makes a Building Complex?
From Complex to Achievable:Foresight & Collaboration Make Complicated Structures Possible When you imagine metal construction, you might envision simple designs and basic construction. But with advances over the past few decades in every facet of metal construction, this is no longer the case. The Read more....
Air Quality in Buildings
A Breath of Fresh Air: How to Improve Indoor Air Quality The Indoor Generation Report, a survey of Canadians conducted by The VELUX Group, revealed that though most of us don’t believe we spend too much time inside, most Canadians spend upwards of 90% of their time indoors. Between work, school, shopping and Read more....
21 Trends to Watch in 2021
It is not surprising that an overwhelming majority of people around the world said they were ready to move quickly into 2021 and leave behind all the memories of 2020. The start of a new year, however, brings a desire to look forward to new, emerging opportunities. With this in mind, we have developed a Read more....
Emerging 5G Technology is Set to Impact the Metal Building Industry
Construction companies of all sizes in every part of the country are using enhanced technology on job sites more frequently than ever. There are multiple benefits to making the investment, specifically in a video surveillance capacity: helping to reduce theft of equipment and materials, increasing the likelihood Read more....
Advances in Technology: Finding the Right Software Tools for Your Company
With technology consistently developing, choosing the right software for your company may be a daunting task. Between data digitization, BIM, and everything in between, differentiating between the tools you want and the tools you need can be challenging. Cost may also be an influencing factor in adding software Read more....
The Evolution of Building Codes
Every construction project, whether commercial or residential, requires a permit prior to project commencement. Those permits, in turn, depend on the National Building Code (NBC) published by The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), which specifies the minimum standards for how buildings should be designed Read more....
Small Changes Make a Positive Impact During Canada’s Labour Shortage
As a result of the growing commercial construction industry, the current labour shortage has proven to be one of the biggest challenges for many construction companies in the country. For the past 20 years, the Canadian workforce has continued to decline despite a short upward trend from 2015 to 2018. While there Read more....