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Calgary Unveils Plans for $890M Arena Project

Posted on August 19, 2015
The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. (CSEC) proposed an ambitious plan on August 18 to build a $890 million stadium in the city’s West Village. CalgaryNEXT, the project’s working title, will replace the city’s Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadium, as the CSEC believes they are too old and no longer meet the needs of the growing city and its residents. The project is expected to include a stadium, fieldhouse, and event centre. These facilities will host conferences and sports events, support recreational use and athletic training, and attract [...]

Sask. Investing $1.88B to Build Regina Bypass P3

Posted on August 11, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $1.88 billion to build the Regina Bypass, the largest infrastructure project in the province's history. This includes the cost of design, construction, finance, operations, and maintenance over the life of the contract in today’s dollars. By using a public-private partnership (P3) model, the government says it will save $380 million. The Government of Canada, through PPP Canada, is investing up to $200 million in the project. “The Regina Bypass will address safety needs on Highway 1 east of Regina, reduce [...]

Moody's Assigns A3 Rating to Regina Bypass Bonds

Posted on August 11, 2015
Moody's Investors Service has assigned a final A3 rating to approximately $488.2 million of amortizing senior secured bonds due in January 2045 and to approximately $140.4 million of bullet senior secured bonds due in July 2049 to be issued by SGTP Highway Bypass Limited Partnership. This project company will use the funds to finance a portion of its obligations under a long-term project agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan to design, build, finance, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate the Regina Bypass Project. The A3 rating reflects the following [...]

Winnipeg Releases RFP for Transitway/Underpass Project

Posted on August 11, 2015
The City of Winnipeg released the request for proposals (RFP) for the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass project. Proposals submitted in response to the RFP are evaluated using multiple criteria, such as price, designs, management plans, and the proposed solution or approach to both the infrastructure construction and the 30-year maintenance requirements. The city says this RFP process will support the principles of fair, open, and transparent procurement as well as attract competitive bidding. The RFP is expected to close [...]

Northern B.C.'s Lapointe Engineering Joins Hatch

Posted on July 23, 2015
Lapointe Engineering Ltd. (LEL), a northern British Columbia multidisciplinary engineering firm, is joining Hatch. LEL specializes in project management, design engineering, and maintenance engineering and has been providing practical engineering solutions to the region since 1980. Hatch and LEL have previously worked side by side on projects in the Kitimat region, including supporting Rio Tinto Alcan’s Kitimat Modernization Project. The integration of LEL will strengthen Hatch’s ability to provide exceptional ongoing support for clients and projects [...]

WSP Expands with Acquisition of Levelton

Posted on July 9, 2015
WSP Global Inc. has acquired Caravel Investments Ltd. and Levelton Consultants Ltd., its wholly owned subsidiary, a leading consulting engineering firm based in British Columbia and Alberta. Levelton provides a diverse range of specialized engineering solutions in the areas of environment, geotechnical, building science, and materials engineering and testing. This acquisition adds 215 employees to WSP’s workforce and strengthens its leading position in professional environmental services in Canada, growing the environmental group to 1,100 employees across [...]

Vancouver Transit Plebiscite Shows Support Takes Time to Build

Posted on July 3, 2015
The results are in for the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. The question posed to voter from March 16 to May 29, 2015, as the following: "Do you support a new 0.5-per-cent Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, to be dedicated to the Mayors' Council transportation and transit plan?" The results: Yes 38.32% No 61.68% According to the Move the GTHA transit advocacy group, the result of the referendum provides an important lesson for other Canadian municipalities: more public education about the value of [...]

Sask. Selects P3 Team for ‘Largest New Schools Project’

Posted on June 17, 2015
Joint Use Mutual Partnership (JUMP) has been selected as the P3 team that will deliver new elementary schools to Saskatoon and area by September 2017. Six new joint-use schools will be located in Saskatoon in the Evergreen, Hampton Village, Rosewood, and Stonebridge neighbourhoods, as well as the communities of Martensville and Warman. Together with three new joint-use schools coming to Regina, “this represents the largest new schools project in Saskatchewan’s history and will create more than 1,600 jobs in the Saskatoon area,” the province said [...]

P3 Proponent Selected for $1.2B Regina Bypass Project

Posted on June 4, 2015
SaskLink Global Transportation Partners (SGTP) has been selected to partner with Saskatchewan's Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure to build the new Regina Bypass as a design-build-finance-operate-maintain public-private partnership (P3). Once complete, the bypass will be the largest transportation infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history. “The Regina Bypass Project is going to have a major impact on our economy and on traffic safety,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. “After more than a decade of planning and [...]

B&T Wins Two ACEC-BC Engineering Awards

Posted on May 27, 2015
Buckland & Taylor has won two awards at the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) 26th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala in Vancouver. The Champlain Bridge, located in Montreal, was recognized for the design and construction engineering of the Superbeam and Modular Truss with the top Award of Excellence in the Transportation & Bridges category, in which there were 11 total nominations. Additionally, Buckland & Taylor also received the ultimate award of the evening: the Lieutenant Governor's Award [...]
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