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Preferred Proponent Chosen for BC Children’s/BC Women’s Hospitals Redevelopment

Posted on January 13, 2014
A preferred proponent has been selected to begin negotiations with the provincial government and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) related to the redevelopment of BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre: Affinity Partnerships. This follows an extensive evaluation of proponent teams that were shortlisted and invited to submit proposals to design, build, finance, and provide facilities management services to the new Acute Care Centre. Members of Affinity Partnerships include: Consortium lead: Balfour Beatty [...]

Manitoba Forecasts 2014-2015 Infrastructure Investments

Posted on December 11, 2013
Manitoba Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Steve Ashton announced the province’s continued desire to invest in highways, roads, and bridges. The announcement was made alongside the release of the interim 2014 construction tendering schedule. “We will continue to improve Manitoba’s trade connection to North America’s core highway system and at the same time repair or rebuild provincial roadways,” Ashton said. “The preliminary tender schedule for new projects beginning next year will add to the several major projects that have been [...]

Sask. Shortlists Teams for Swift Current Health Facility

Posted on December 2, 2013
Saskatchewan has announced three shortlisted teams to participate in the next stage of the process for finding a preferred partner to build the new 225-bed long-term care facility in Swift Current. Integrated Team Solutions, Plenary Group, and Willow Healthcare Partners all advanced from the request for qualifications issued by Cypress Regional Health Authority, which closed in October. Construction on the new facility—a design-build-finance-maintain P3—is expected to begin in summer 2014, to be completed by spring 2016. “We are impressed by the [...]

Manitoba Launches 5-Year, $200M Highway Project

Posted on December 2, 2013
The Manitoba government announced a $200-million, five-year plan to rebuild the southwest quadrant of Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway. The project will improve the province’s trade connection to the continent’s highway system, and will support growth in southwest Winnipeg. The announcement was made by Premier Greg Selinger, and Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, Steve Ashton. “The Perimeter has served Winnipeggers well the last 50 years and as our population and economy grows, we will take this highway to the next level to make the most [...]

Vancouver Wins International Green Building Award

Posted on November 21, 2013
The City of Vancouver has won a World Green Building Council (WGBC) Government Leadership Award for Best Green Policy for its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, according to an announcement from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The award was announced in November at the UN Climate Change Convention in Warsaw. The award has a global scope, and considers candidates from all regions. The award especially considered two of the Action Plan’s ambitious targets: that all new buildings constructed from 2020 onward be carbon neutral; and that energy use [...]

BC Hydro Names SNC-Lavalin as Preferred Contractor for John Hart Project

Posted on November 15, 2013
BC Hydro announced that SNC-Lavalin was chosen as the preferred contractor to design and construct the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project. The billion-dollar project will include constructing a replacement water intake at the John Hart Spillway Dam, replacing the three 1.8-kilometre long penstocks with a 2.1-kilometre long tunnel, constructing a replacement generating station beside the existing station, and building a new water bypass facility. The procurement process began in March 2012, and a contract is likely to be signed in early 2014 [...]

Getting Community Engagement Right for Transit P3s

Posted on November 12, 2013
To maintain public engagement for transit P3s, speakers at the “Building Support: Getting Community Engagement Right for Transit P3s” panel at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships’ (CCPPP) 21st annual conference November 7 stressed that there should be “no surprises.” Mike Murray, chief administrative officer at the Region of Waterloo, emphasized the importance of clearly defined roles and responsibilities in P3 contracts. “We have to define who’s playing the lead and supporting roles. Our hope and expectations for our partner [...]

Expansion Project Begins at Queen Elizabeth Power Station in Saskatoon

Posted on November 11, 2013
Construction of a $514-million expansion project began this fall at the Queen Elizabeth Power Station in Saskatoon that will add enough capacity to power an additional 205,000 homes. “The expansion project at Queen Elizabeth is another example of how SaskPower is investing in the province’s future,” said SaskPower president and CEO Robert Watson. “This is part of our long term plan to renew and rebuild our electrical system so that we can meet Saskatchewan’s needs today and in the years ahead.” The project will see the “D” Plant at the natural [...]

Alberta Parks Damaged by Flood to be Restored

Posted on October 25, 2013
Campgrounds, recreation trails, day-use areas, and provincial park infrastructure damaged by the June flooding in southern Alberta will be rebuilt. The worst flooding in Alberta’s history destroyed approximately 170 kilometres of pathways and recreation trails in provincial parks. More than 60 day-use areas were damaged as well as more than 50 campgrounds. “Our provincial parks provide Albertans and visitors from around the world with opportunities to connect with nature, to be active, have fun, and relax,” Richard Starke, Albert's minister of [...]

Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge Opens in Winnipeg

Posted on October 17, 2013
The Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge was officially opened October 3 in Winnipeg. It will serve pedestrians and cyclists to promote active transportation as a viable choice. Six piers from the former vehicular bridge were modified to serve the new structure. The $16 million bridge, opened to the public in September, is part of the Disraeli Bridges Project, the largest bridge project seen by the City of Winnipeg. Work began with the construction of a new vehicular bridge over the Red River, followed by a new CPR overpass. The old bridge was then demolished [...]
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