Higgins Construction uses several methods of construction including Tilt-Up concrete, insulated concrete forms (ICF), and metal building systems.

Higgins construction was been a member of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association since 2005. Site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place, is one of the fastest growing construction mediums available today.

Proven track record, providing construction services in the following areas:


    Higgins has been involved in the following sectors and projects:

  • Civil construction services (excavation & concrete)
  • Facility maintenance & repairs
  • Underground piping & buried utilities
  • Concrete formwork &industrial foundations
  • Building trades project scope
  • Piping & structural as-built surveys
  • Power Generation
    • Particulate Emissions Project, Unit #5 Generation Station, Trenton, NS
      Nova Scotia Power
        Provided civil and concrete work for the construction of this new emissions bag house.
        Project Photos
      • Utilized EFCO formwork system
      • Large scale formwork
      • Multi-storey concrete / steel structure
      • Position & plumb of concrete walls required very high accuracy to fit steel structure
  • Mining
    • Headframe Replacement, Windsor Salt Mine, Pugwash, NS
      The Canadian Salt Co. Ltd.
      Construct foundations for new mineshaft elevator headframe. Existing frame to remain until foundations in place.
      Project Photos
      • Careful excavation required to not compromise existing structure
      • 3-dimensional angles in formwork to suit new headframestructural loads
      • Extreme safety measures, working around open shaft (900’ deep)
  • Foundry & Forging
    • Forge Furnace Installation, Nova Forge, Trenton, NS
      Nova Forge Corp.
      Modify & expand existing forge facility to accommodate new blast furnace and associated equipment. Project Photos
      • Demolition of existing features
      • High precision layout required for new forge equipment
      • Steel frame addition onto existing structure
  • Oil & Gas
    • Deep Panuke Custody Transfer Station, Goldboro, NS
      Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline L.L.C.
      Provided civil services and concrete work for this natural gas transfer station upgrade.
      Project Photos
      • High accuracies required for pre-fabricated equipment
      • Trenched runs for buried pipe
  • Pulp & Paper
    • Chip Screening Facility, Kimberley Clark Pulp Mill, Abercrombie, NS
      Kimberley Clark
      Acted as general contractor and performed all concrete work in the construction of this new chip screening facility.
      Project Photos
      • Foundation excavation and construction
      • Multi-storey steel frame building
  • Fabrication
    • DSTN Equipment Foundations, DSTN Windmill Facility, Trenton, NS
      Daewoo (DSME)
      Subcontracted to perform all demolition & concrete work inthe transformation of an old car works plant into a modern windmill production facility.
      Project Photos
      • Demolition of existing floor
      • Sub-floor formwork for new equipment foundations
      • High accuracy layout & grading to accommodate assembly equipment
      • Large volume concrete pours

Photos of completed projects.


Higgins has been involved in the following sectors and projects:

  • Building construction general contractor
  • Renovations & building maintenance
  • Design–build project delivery
  • Leasehold interior works
  • Construction methods to meet budget
  • Serving all businesses, big or small
  • Light manufacturing
    • Big 8 Expansion, Stellarton, NS
      Big 8 Beverages Ltd.
      Construct a new warehouse addition to meet the capacity requirements of this rapidly expanding business.
      Project Photos
      • Tilt –up panel frame construction
      • Addition on existing building
      • Steel roof system
  • Retail
    • Proudfoot’s Home Hardware, Pictou, NS
      Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
      Provided general contracting and construction services for the construction of this new Home Hardware retail store using methods to stay within the owner’s budget.
      Project Photos
      • Provided Excavation and site work
      • Involved ICF construction, Tilt-up panels, and Steel frame construction
  • Auto Sales
    • Highland Nissan Dealership, Westville, NS
      Highland Nissan
      Construct a new car dealership for Highland Nissan complete with an attractive, glass panel showroom.
      Project Photos
      • Bring services to site (water/sewer)
      • ICF foundation walls
      • Tilt up panel wall construction
      • Winter conditions demanded creativity to construct tilt up panels
  • Offices
    • S. W. Weeks Headquarters, New Glasgow, NSOwner:
      S. W. Weeks Construction
      Constructed this modern, multi-storey office building to serve as the headquarters for this major construction company.
      Project Photos
      • Multi-storey ICF wall construction
      • Careful planning for wall openings and concrete pours
  • Restaurants
    • MacDonald's small jobs, New Glasgow, NS
      Completed various maintenance and renovation jobs to accommodate the owner’s needs.
      • Maintenance on concrete and steel items
      • Concrete curb work for drive-thru expansion
      • Served as a reliable source for fast, quality workmanship
  • Gas Stations
    • Sobeys Fast Fuel, Port Hawkesbury, NSOwner:
      Served as general contractor & provided construction services for the gas station building, pump canopy, & buried fuel holding tanks.
      Project Photos
      • Provided site civil work
      • Interior carpentry & finish work
      • Highly regulated construction methods/materials
      • Limited job site / work area size due to surrounding businesses

Photos of completed projects.


Higgins has been involved in the following sectors and projects:

  • Construction general contractor
  • Facility / structure upgrades & renovations
  • Large or small diameter services install
  • Heavy equipment to meet demands of anyproject
  • Various constructionmethods to suit individual jobs
  • Municipal Facilities
    • New Glasgow Police Department, New Glasgow, NS
      Town of New Glasgow
      Construct a new, modernheadquarters to meet the needs of the New Glasgow Police Department.
      Project Photos
      • Building excavation & civil work
      • ICF wall Construction
      • Steel roof & support system
  • Water & Wastewater
    • Pictou Landing First Nation Sewage Treatment Plant, Pictou Landing, NS
      Construct and commission a new sewage treatment plant to replace existing plant.
      Project Photos
      • Custom concrete & steel tankage
      • Large quantity of process piping
      • Directional drilled effluent outflow pipe from plant into harbour
      • Managed commissioning process from start to finish
  • Transportation
    • HIAA North Tunnel, Enfield, NS
      Halfax International Airport Authority
      Create new terminal access by way of tunnel under existing the roadway at this busy section of Halifax International Airport.
      Project Photos
      • Careful demolition work to not impact busy roadway in use
      • Work with minimal impact on traffic
      • Skyjack system to form tunnel
  • Healthcare Facilities
    • Shiretown Long Term Care Facilities, Trenton & Pictou, NS
      MacLeod Group
      Sub-contracted to complete all civil work and building shells for both Trenton & Pictoufacilities at the same time.
      Project Photos
      • Cut, clear, & grade building sites
      • Combined 4500 lineal feet ICF wall construction
      • Roof built in sections on ground, lifted into place with crane
      • Both sites constructed simultaneously
  • Sports & Recreation
    • YMCA Addition, New Glasgow, NS
      Pictou County YMCA
      Construct an addition onto existing PictouCounty YMCA building to accommodate a full size gymnasium.
      Project Photos
      • Removal of existing building wall system
      • Addition to exiting building
      • Steel frame construction
  • Education & Culture
    • Glasgow Square Theatre, New Glasgow, NSOwner:
      Town of New Glasgow
      Construct an indoor / outdoor theatre to act as the cultural centre for the Town of New Glasgow.
      Project Photos
      • Highly functional & eye-catching facility
      • Very fine finish work involved
      • Featured on cover of “Building Profit Canada” magazine, spring 2008 issue

Photos of completed projects.

Construction Methods

We offer a variety of construction methods to meet the needs of any project:

  • Steel Building Systems
  • Pre-Engineered Steel Forms
  • Steel Holding Tanks
  • Covered Structures
  • Tilt-Up Concrete Panels
  • Insulated Concrete Forms


  • Steel Building Systems
    • Pictou County solid waste sorting facility
      Project Photos

      Higgins Construction has been a qualified Butler Builder since 1985. Using Butler structural, roofing and wall cladding systems we can provide quality buildings and competitive pricing for many different kinds of construction projects. (Visit the Butler Manufacturing Company's web site to learn more about some of the products we use.) Butler Manufacturing Company is the recognized world leader in producing pre-engineered metal building systems and architectural products for the nonresidential construction.

  • Pre-Engineered Forms
  • Steel Holding Tanks
  • Covered Structures
  • Tilt-Up Concrete Panels
    • Eastlink communications building
      Project Photos

      Why Tilt-Up Is the Solution

      • Arhcitectural appeal and diversity
      • Speed for reduced construction schedules
      • Fire resistance
      • Proven durability and longevity
      • Lower operating costs due to durabiliy and energy efficiency
      • Noise abatement
      • Thermal economy
  • Insulated Concrete Forms

Associations & Affiliations

Construction Associations of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association Tilt-Up Concrete Association Gold Seal Certification Butler Manufacturing Tasco Dome Covered Structures Nova Scotia Road Builders Association

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