About CDS Building Movers

CDS Building Movers is a structural moving and consulting company dedicated to the preservation and recycling of historically significant buildings and structures. Our services are available in North America to meet your raising, shoring, or relocation requirements of large structures or heritage buildings. For more complex projects, CDS works in partnership with other proven heritage move specialists.  To obtain related background information, please fill out our customer inquiry form or e-mail a brief description of your specific project to info@cdsmovers.com. We will provide references that are relative to the information requested

The CDS Team


When asked what is unique about the relocation of the Horticulture Building, he says,

The Lansdowne project is a bit different than others because we need to take the time to do everything to perfection because we have only one chance to move this building and we need to do it the right way.

The thing that I learned on this project is that we need a really good team to do a mega project, starting from our labour to our excellent manager.  Without all of these people there is no way a project like this can happen.”

Guy says, “Mario is a great leader and worker.  He is never stuck.  He always has ideas of how to overcome challenges or asks for ideas.  He believes that everything can be done

In the News:

CBC News Article – Horticulture Building
CBC News Article – Horticulture Building
CTV News – Horticulture Building

CDS Building Movers is a member of the International Association of Structural Movers. This 250-member Association operates from Alaska in the United States to New Zealand.



Our company has won nine international awards for equipment design and project innovation:

  • 2013 In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement Heaviest Building Moved on Rubber Tires
  • 1999 Most Innovative Move
  • 1998 Best Time-Saving Device
  • 1997 Most Innovative Move – Covered Bridge, Wakefield, Quebec
  • 1996 Most Unusual Move
  • 1995 Most Innovative Move – Walkerville Town Hall, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1994 Most Innovative Move – Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada
  • 1992 Most Innovative Move – Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • 1990 Best Time-Saving Device Design – Hydraulic Bolster Beam
  • 1989 Best Time-Saving Device Design – Hydraulic Fifth Wheel


We provide comprehensive liability and structural coverage while your building is in our care. Our company is insured to work in Ontario and Quebec.

Please Note:  Work performed in Quebec is for on-site only.


  • Recycling Heritage and Historic Buildings
  • Feasibility Studies on Restoration Projects
  • International Consulting Services
  • Raising Roofs to Expand Commercial Buildings
  • Raising Houses or Cottages to Install Foundations

Unified Jacking System

Our Unified Jacking System is a key piece of equipment when it comes to lifting any type of heavy structure. As its name would suggest, this hydraulic system allows for jacking in complete unison, therefore significantly reducing the amount of stress applied on the structure being raised.

When the time comes to raise the building:

  • Every jack is pressurised independently until every part of the structure is ever so slightly off of its foundation (about ⅛” to ¼” gap between the structure and its foundation).
  • Once every jack has taken on its load, the individual valves for every jack are closed and the unified lifting process may begin. This process allows for us to raise virtually any structure or building regardless of its weight distribution.
  • If a situation were to occur in which our regular 15 ton jacks are unable to take on the weight of the structure, our system allows for additional jacks to be set under the heavy section of the structure. There is also the possibility of using higher capacity jacks that range from 55 to 100 tons rating.

Our Unified Jacking System makes it possible to lift almost any structure with ease, whether it’s a heavy stone building or a building with unevenly distributed weight. “If it can lift the Horticulture building in Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, you can rest assured it can raise your house!”


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