The 10 most-read SiteNews stories of 2022

From museum designs to renewable diesel, this is what captured the most attention in 2022.

SiteNews isn’t even a year old yet but we have been very busy.

To kick off the new year we wanted to give our readers a peek under the hood. We pored over the numbers to share our growth and highlight what stories captured the most attention.

Following our website and newsletter launch on Oct. 19, SiteNews staff wrote 220 articles, garnering 150,000+ page views. Our newsletter, which ships to subscribers for free every Tuesday, achieved an industry-leading open rate of 56.8 per cent.

But what exactly are people reading? Here are the top ten most-read articles of last year:

10. ‘Mechanical contractors merge to increase labour force’

In late October, Pitt Meadows Plumbing & Mechanical Systems (PMP) announced it was acquiring WQC Mechanical in an effort to combine labour forces. The company told SiteNews that acquisition would be a growth strategy going forward. 

9. ‘Montreal Holocaust Museum project reveals winning design’

It was announced in September that a design by KPMB Architects + Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker Architecture would be used for the $90-million museum. Their vision was guided by the pillars of memory, education and community. Work is expected to begin this year. 

8. ‘7 shining Canadian solar companies to keep an eye on’

The future is looking bright for solar construction. Work was recently completed on Travers Solar, the country’s largest solar project. We put together this list after researching which companies were contributing the most to the sector through projects, technology or development. 

7. ‘The 14 BIGGEST construction projects planned for B.C.’

With its minerals, timber, rivers and access to the Ocean, B.C. is a major epicenter for mega projects. SiteNews went through records of the largest projects in the pipeline, and found that the LNG Canada terminal facility is not only the largest project in B.C. – it’s the biggest project in Canada. 

6. ‘13 HUGE Canadian projects underway from coast to coast’

It’s no secret that the construction industry loves reading about projects so once again a project list made the cut. This time we expanded our scope to the entire country with LNG Canada of course taking the top spot and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion as the runner up. 

5. ‘Celebrating Canada’s female construction leaders’

With the release of the Top 40 Under 40 Construction Leaders winners, SiteNews decided to zero in on the incredible women who made up nearly one quarter of the list. The piece also featured some of their reactions to receiving the honour. 

4. ‘6 massive construction projects planned for Alberta’

It’s the energy capital of Canada and while it has weathered some tough economic conditions in the past few years, major work remains on the horizon. This includes a possible high-speed rail project that would link Calgary and Edmonton. 

3. ‘12 mass timber businesses shaking up Canadian Construction’

We couldn’t ignore the mass timber movement and decided to research some of the most innovative and important companies doing work in the sector. These included developers, manufacturers, installers and more. 

2. ‘Fluor wins contract for Imperial diesel facility’

Who knew renewable diesel production was such a hot topic? In late October, Fluor won a reimbursable front-end engineering and detailed design, engineering and procurement services contract for Imperial as the company advances plans to develop a renewable diesel complex at its Strathcona refinery near Edmonton. The announcement earned the second spot on this list. 

1. ‘40 Under 40 in Canadian Construction’

How fitting it is that the most read story is you. The 40 Under 40, organized by SitePartners and On-Site Magazine, highlighted the best and brightest young construction leaders. That was more than enough to cement its place as the most-viewed story of 2022. Will it hold the spot again next year?

*Editors note: Happy New Year! We can’t wait to see what 2023 will bring. Do you have a story or topic that you think needs more attention? Let me know at russell@readsitenews.com.

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