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RFQ issued for Macdonald Block Reconstruction Project

Posted on August 18, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to submit their qualifications to design, build, finance and maintain the Macdonald Block Complex. The project will see the reconstruction of the 45-year old Macdonald Block Complex, the administrative hub of the Ontario government's operations. The complex has never undergone a major renovation and its core systems, including electrical, water, cooling and heating, have reached the end of their useful life and must now be replaced. IO and the Ministry of [...]

RFQ issued for Davenport Diamond

Posted on August 17, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, and finance the Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation project. This project is part of Metrolinx's work to provide faster, more frequent and convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), as part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. The RFQ outlines the work required at the Davenport Diamond, located in Toronto along the Barrie Rail Corridor. To accommodate the planned expansion [...]

Ontario releases RFP for Hurontario LRT project

Posted on August 17, 2017
Ontario has reached a major milestone in the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, with the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the new LRT line. "Today is a major step forward for the Hurontario LRT project,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s minister of transportation. “The new LRT will make life easier for families and commuters in Mississauga and Brampton by providing a faster, more reliable transit option, with improved connections to local transit and GO rail services." The Hurontario [...]

RFP closes for Michael Garron Hospital project

Posted on August 17, 2017
The request for proposals stage has closed for three companies to submit their bids to design, build, and finance the new patient care tower project at Michael Garron Hospital. Based on a fair and open request for qualifications process that began in June 2016, the following companies were invited to submit formal proposals: EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EDIH) Design Build: EllisDon Design Build Inc. Design Team: B+H Architects and Diamond Schmitt Architects Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital PCL Partnership Design Build: PCL Constructor [...]

Political leaders say no to HST hike for infrastructure

Posted on August 16, 2017
One day after Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) president Lynn Dollin recommended a one per cent hike in the HST to help pay for municipal infrastructure, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has stated that she does not support the idea. Speaking at AMO’s annual conference, held this year at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, the premier did not wait for the question to be asked, instead addressing the issue in her opening remarks. “We’re not going to do that,” Wynne stated in reference to raising the HST. “We are going to continue to have [...]

Delta issues recommendations for Massey tunnel project

Posted on August 16, 2017
Following a presentation from its chief administrative officer (CAO) George V. Harvie regarding the provincial review of the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, Delta Council has provided its recommendations to the B.C. government. CAO Harvie identified some of the immediate safety issues with the George Massey Tunnel, including electrical system deficits, deteriorating concrete, damage to sprinkler system, and the ageing ventilation system, while also outlining the significance of Highway 99’s designation as a “Lifeline Corridor”. Mr. Harvie [...]

Bombardier launches new legal challenge against Metrolinx

Posted on August 16, 2017
The troubled relationship between Bombardier and Metrolinx took another turn for the worse this week after it was revealed that Bombardier has filed a court application over being prohibited to bid on the Regional Express Rail (RER) operator procurement contract. According to an article from the Toronto Star the application, filed Tuesday with the Ontario Division Court, Bombardier believes that it was “ improperly, arbitrarily, unfairly, and unlawfully excluded ” from the bidding process. In July, Metrolinx released a Request for Qualifications [...]

AMO calls for HST for local infrastructure

Posted on August 15, 2017
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is calling for a one per cent hike to the HST to pay for growing infrastructure needs in the province. Speaking at AMO’s annual conference, being held in Ottawa this year, president Lynn Dollin calling for the sales tax to be devoted solely to local infrastructure services such as roads, bridges, and transit. Municipal governments in Ontario are responsible for providing critical services, like good roads, clean drinking water, and safe communities, but growing needs and costs are putting too much pressure [...]

Petrowest applies for receivership

Posted on August 15, 2017
One of the primary contractors involved with the $8.775-billion Site C Clean Energy Project has put forward an application to be placed into receivership. Petrowest Corporation, who along with ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd., formed the Peace River Hydro Partners (PRHP) consortium, the winning bidders for the $1.75-billion main civil works for the Site C project. The application for receivership put forward by Petrowest Corporation is scheduled to be heard in court today, where approval of the application is expected. Ernst [...]

Coalition calls for low-carbon transformation

Posted on August 15, 2017
Leading building and energy professionals are urging the federal government to prioritize swift action to make Canada’s homes and buildings ultra energy-efficient and low-carbon in discussions between federal, provincial, and territorial energy ministers. For the first time since the adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Canada’s energy and mines ministers are gathering for their annual meeting in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Ten organizations have released a letter to Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr and [...]
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