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$1.8B Edmonton Valley Line Reaches Financial Close

Posted on February 17, 2016
TransEd Partners—a consortium made up of EllisDon, Bechtel, Bombardier, and Fengate Capital Management—has achieved financial close on the Valley Line LRT Stage 1 project. TransEd Partners was selected by the City of Edmonton in late November as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate, maintain, and supply vehicles for the project. The Valley Line LRT Stage 1 project is a public-private partnership (P3) that includes a five-year design-build stage and a 30-year operation and maintenance (O&M) term. The contract is valued at $1.8 [...]

$3.5B George Massey Tunnel Replacement Moves Ahead

Posted on January 12, 2016
The George Massey Tunnel replacement project will cut about 30 minutes off the rush-hour commute, but will also come at an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The designs and details of the project revealed a new 10-lane bridge that will improve what is considered the worst bottleneck traffic in the province, according to the Government of British Columbia. The bridge will be built over the Fraser River at Highway 9 and replace the Massey Tunnel. Approximately 10, 000 transit passengers and 80,00 vehicles use the tunnel each day. The B.C. government says [...]

Top100 Released: Eglinton Crosstown LRT Now Largest Project in Canada

Posted on January 11, 2016
TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2016 – Canadian mega-project spending continues to rise. The value of the country’s 100 biggest public infrastructure projects has grown to $161.3 billion, a modest increase over 2015’s $157.9 billion, according to ReNew Canada, which today released its 10th annual Top100 Projects report. The web version can be accessed at http://top100projects.ca. Toronto’s $9.1-billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT is this year’s new No. 1 public infrastructure project, overtaking the $8.775-billion Site C hydroelectric energy development [...]

Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford P3 to Save $90M

Posted on December 17, 2015
The Saskatchewan Government released the value for money (VFM) report for the publicly owned new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford project, which was prepared by Ernst & Young (EY). The independent financial experts confirm the P3 model will save taxpayers $90 million, or 18 per cent, compared to a traditional model. These savings include P3-related costs, such as private financing. The new 284-bed facility will have 32 more beds than the existing hospital. The facility will consist of 188 beds replacing the current 156-bed facility and 96 secure [...]

McElhanney Creates Strategic Transportation Planning Division

Posted on November 30, 2015
McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. has established its new Strategic Transportation Planning division, which further expands the company’s transportation planning services to provide clients with enhanced service offerings across Western Canada. “McElhanney is already well-known for its expertise in transportation feasibility studies, multiple account evaluations, business casing, and master planning services,” said Allan Russell, president and CEO of McElhanney. “Expanding our services to include transportation demand modelling, policy formulation [...]

Edmonton Selects Valley Line LRT P3 Team

Posted on November 27, 2015
The City of Edmonton has selected TransEd Partners to design, build, operate, maintain, and finance Stage 1 of the Valley Line LRT. The team is composed of Fengate Capital Management, Bechtel, Ellis-Don, and Bombardier. Other key team members include Transdev, ARUP, and IBI Group. TransEd Partners was chosen following an 18-month procurement process that saw proposals from three international teams. Teams were evaluated on their experience in the design and construction of LRT systems as well as operation, maintenance and finance. The proposal from TransEd [...]

Site C Names Preferred Proponent for Main Civil Works

Posted on November 25, 2015
ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada and its Peace River Hydro Partners (PRHP), Petrowest Corp. and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd., have been named preferred proponent by BC Hydro for the main civil works construction of the Site C Clean Energy Project. The project has been estimated at a value at $8.3 billion, making it the largest hydroelectric project underway in Canada. Main civil works is the largest single contract for construction on the Site C project. It includes the construction of an earthfill dam, two diversion tunnels, and a concrete foundation for [...]

BC Hydro Awards $470M Site C Worker Accommodation P3

Posted on October 8, 2015
BC Hydro has signed a contract with ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group for the design, construction, partial financing, operation, and maintenance of worker accommodation at the Site C dam site. The eight-year contract has a value of approximately $470 million. Approximately 360 positions will be created by the construction and operation of the worker accommodation camp. ATCO Two Rivers Lodging is recruiting locally for these positions. Two Rivers Lodging Group is a partnership of companies from across Canada. The primary partner ATCO has extensive experience [...]

18-Storey UBC Residence to Be Among Tallest Wood Buildings

Posted on October 7, 2015
Acton Ostry Architects have announced that Brock Commons Phase 1, one of the tallest mass timber buildings in the world, will soon begin construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus in Vancouver. The 18-storey student residence will provide housing for 404 students with a mix of studio and quad units. The structure is a hybrid system comprised of CLT floor slabs, glulam columns, and steel connectors—all atop a ground floor of concrete with concrete cores rising the full height of the building. Use of a hybrid structure was investigated [...]

Vancouver Art Gallery Unveils $350M Conceptual Design

Posted on September 30, 2015
The Vancouver Art Gallery has unveiled Herzog & de Meuron's conceptual design for a new museum building in downtown Vancouver. The 310,000-square-foot building is designed to serve the gallery's expanding collection and to support the work of artists from Vancouver, throughout British Columbia, and across the world, to engage its growing audiences, and enrich educational opportunities for lifelong learning, and to advance Vancouver's reputation as an international centre for contemporary art. The new building features over 85,000 square feet of exhibition [...]
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