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Meikle Wind Energy Project completed

Posted on March 6, 2017
The 184-MW Meikle Wind Energy Project, located between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd in British Columbia, has reached substantial completion. According to an article from Clean Technology Business Review, the new wind facility, developed by Pattern Energy, now represents the largest of its kind in B.C. The $456 million project, #88 on the 2017 Top100 Projects list, uses 61 wind turbines to create enough power for approximately 54,000 homes. The project has a 25-year power purchase agreement in place with BC Hydro. For details about the project team [...]

Gordie Howe International Bridge to include pedestrian access

Posted on March 6, 2017
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has announced that, as a result of public consultation and feedback and engagement with Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will include a dedicated multi-use path that will accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. WDBA has asked the three proponent teams to include this design element in their responses to the Request for Proposals. It will be up to the Proponents to provide design details to best incorporate this active transportation feature [...]

CAMH Phase 1C redevelopment project awarded

Posted on March 6, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have awarded a fixed-price contract to Plenary Health CAMH to design, build, finance, and maintain the CAMH Phase 1C redevelopment project. The contract is valued at approximately $685 million, which reflects the payments made during construction, the substantial completion payment, and the monthly service payments before inflation adjustments. This figure does not reflect the total project cost. The Plenary Health CAMH team includes: Developer: Plenary Group (Canada) [...]

Cross-border power projects on the rise

Posted on March 2, 2017
Day two at the 10th Global Leadership Infrastructure Forum in Montréal shone a spotlight on the development of significant infrastructure projects around the world, including two cross-border power projects. The Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE), a 536-kilometre 1,000 MW HVDC transmission line running from Quebec to New York State, was one of just four cross-border projects to receive Presidential Permits during the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama. The estimated $2.2 billion project, planing for which got underway in 2008, is [...]

Solving America’s infrastructure deficit

Posted on March 1, 2017
The director of infrastructure for U.S. President Donald Trump’s transition team is hopeful that his recommendations can kickstart development in the country. Speaking to the 10th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montréal, Dan Slane suggested that infrastructure crisis now facing the U.S. is a problem that has been 30 years in the making. Depending on the source, the country’s infrastructure deficit has been pegged at anywhere from $2.5 to $8 trillion dollars, and President Trump has suggested that he plans to infuse an additional $1 trillion [...]

User pay models for new federal infrastructure?

Posted on March 1, 2017
Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau was greeted by a difficult question at the 10th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montreal: should bridges in Montréal charge tolls? It was a subject that Garneau clearly was not expecting to discuss at the Forum, following formal remarks that focused on increased investments, making trade corridors more robust, and the opportunities coming as a result of the Canadian Infrastructure Bank. Garneau opened by discussing the importance of federally-supported projects like the $4.2 billion Champlain Bridge [...]

Does the U.S. need an Infrastructure Commission?

Posted on March 1, 2017
The opening session at the 10th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum sparked an intriguing discussion on the future of infrastructure in the United States. In a conversation between Clifford Myers, president of Ipsos North America and Dan Slane, director of infrastructure for the Trump Transition Team, the idea of an Infrastructure Commission was raised. According to Slane, the Commission is an idea pitched to help create a sustainable path for long-term infrastructure in the U.S. The Commission, as Slane described, would evaluate infrastructure projects [...]

$100 Million spent preparing for Green Line LRT

Posted on February 28, 2017
Officials at the City of Calgary have confirmed that approximately $100 million has already been spent in preparation of the Green Line LRT. According to an article from the CBC, the initial investment has focused on land acquisition and pre-design work associated with the new light rail transit system. The proposed $4.5 billion project, #11 on the 2017 Top100 Projects report, already has $3 billion in funding committed by the federal and municipal governments. However, the province has yet to determine what funding it will provide. In April of 2016 [...]

Cory named President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario

Posted on February 27, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario's (IO) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mr. Ehren Cory as the new President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario. Mr. Cory has served as a member of IO's executive since December 2012, most recently leading the division responsible for delivering major public infrastructure projects such as hospitals, courthouses, roads, and public transit. Mr. Cory and the IO executive team will continue to focus on partnering to deliver public infrastructure projects successfully, providing loans for public infrastructure, and managing [...]

Tension crack appears at Site C worksite

Posted on February 27, 2017
A 400-metre long tension crack has appeared on a slope near a road construction site as part of the Site C Clean Energy Project. According to a BC Hydro information bulletin regarding the appearance of the crack: “Tension cracks are not unexpected in this area; however, this particular crack requires attention due to its significant 400-metre length. BC Hydro and its contractor have installed instruments to measure and monitor stability around the tension crack. The project's independent engineer and technical experts in slope stability are [...]
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