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November 2009

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Contract awarded under the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement II

In late October 2009 the Alberta government signed an agreement with Clark Builders (more than 35 years of construction experience) to design and build four new high schools in four Alberta communities.

According to the news release, “design and construction work is set to begin simultaneously on each of the Calgary, Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Spruce Grove high schools. The four high schools, which will be completed for a total design and construction cost of less than $100 million, are part of the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement II (ASAP II) project. When the doors open in 2013, the schools will add almost 5,000 new student spaces.

…The design-build high school bundle was awarded to Clark Builders which, at $96,767,000, submitted the low bid in the tender. The tender was the second step of the request for proposal process that saw six proponents passing an extensive review and analysis of their design and construction-related technical submissions. Stantec Architecture will work with Clark Builders on design for the project.

…ASAP II also includes 10 elementary and middle schools being constructed through a public-private partnership (P3). The successful proponent for the P3 bundle is expected to be named next spring and the schools are scheduled to open by September 2012.

All 14 ASAP II schools will be built to Alberta’s provincial standards. Construction will also meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, which will result in greater energy efficiency and provide a healthier school environment for students and staff through improved air quality and the use of natural light.”

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Federal science establishments to be renovated

A late October 2009 news released announced “that two contracts with a combined value of more than $16.5 million have been awarded to renovate the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (CSCHAH) in Winnipeg. The renovations will upgrade infrastructure at the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) National Microbiology Laboratory and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease.

…The renovations will be performed at 1015 Arlington St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, on approximately 482 square metres of space that presently house the CSCHAH’s existing shipping and receiving areas. As well, a new 1,614 square-metre addition will be built to house other laboratory functions. Site work such as excavation, foundation, sewer and water service upgrades, drainage, grading, paving and landscaping will also be performed.

PCL Constructors Inc. was awarded a contract valued at $14,083,897 on September 28, 2009, to provide construction services as construction manager for the work. This award follows the award of an architectural and engineering consultant services contract valued at $2,423,992 on July 21, 2009, to Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Inc – an architectural firm acting as prime consultant. Together with a multidisciplinary team of sub-consultants and specialists, Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated will perform design and inspection services. Both contracts were awarded following an open and fair competitive procurement process.

The awarding of these two contracts will enable Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) to meet critical paths required to renovate and expand the building, using innovative construction management methodology in which both design and construction are performed concurrently. This will accelerate the delivery times and provide greater flexibility in dealing with required design changes. PWGSC, PHAC, Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated, and PCL Constructors Inc. will work in partnership to meet the critical paths identified in the compressed project delivery schedule.

…These infrastructure upgrades at the Centre demonstrate PWGSC’s support of PHAC’s mandate to provide such critical services as pandemic research, planning, management, logistics and response. Work under the terms of both contracts is anticipated to be complete by March 31, 2011.

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Contract awarded for DND’s new Air Mobility Training Centre

On November 5, 2009, following a competitive process, the Government of Canada awarded Pomerleau Inc., of Ottawa a contract for close to $40.5 million to construct the Air Mobility Training Centre (AMTC) in Trenton, Ontario.

According to the news release, “this project… will see the construction of a new 17,000 m2 facility that will house the equipment and personnel required to train operators and maintainers of the C-130J Hercules aircraft. Construction of the hangar is expected to begin in late fall 2009 and completion is anticipated for summer 2012.”

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Governments partner to build affordable homes in Winnipeg

The Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg have partnered in a joint investment to create 10 new affordable homes for Aboriginal families in Winnipeg.

According to the news release the, “announcement includes more than $1.4 million in funding through Manitoba Housing's HOMEWorks! Een Dah Aung Aboriginal Housing Program, which is jointly funded by the Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba. The City of Winnipeg is also contributing nine lots in the Dufferin, West Alexander, St. John's and William Whyte neighbourhoods.

…Kinew Housing Inc. will oversee the construction of the 10 infill homes, and will also manage them as rental units for urban Aboriginal families. Kinew Housing Inc. is a non-profit urban aboriginal housing group that already owns and manages about 400 units of housing in Winnipeg.

…All 10 units have been designed to incorporate a wheelchair accessible, visitable main floor and all homes will have R-2000 certification for energy efficiency which will reduce operating costs. These homes will be targeted at low-to-moderate income Aboriginal families, with rent geared to income and be supported with additional funding through Manitoba Housing. It is estimated they will be completed in spring 2010.”

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Ottawa’s historic Chaudière Crossing to be rehabilitated

The Chaudière Crossing is one of five bridges that span the Ottawa River in the National Capital Region. Two of the five bridges are designated as truck routes, and the Chaudière Crossing is one of those two routes. The crossing is composed of eight separate bridges, two of which are stone masonry, filled spandrel arches.

Constructed in the late 1820s, the Chaudière Crossing is the oldest bridge in the National Capital Region and, as such, an important, historic symbol for Canadians. The bridge crosses over Chaudière and Victoria islands, linking rue Eddy in Gatineau and Booth Street in Ottawa.

While the Chaudière Crossing has undergone regular routine maintenance and repairs over the years, the time has come to reinforce the arch sections of the structure that are coming close to the end of their lifespan, and also to upgrade the bridge to meet modern standards.

The crossing is an important link for commuters from both sides of the river and it is used heavily everyday, averaging more than 28,000 vehicles per day.

According to a news release on November 5, 2009, “…A $5,370,000 contract for the Chaudière Crossing was awarded to Construction Kiewit Cie. Work will start this fall and is expected to be completed next winter. The planned rehabilitation work will mainly consist of a precast concrete alternative for both arches which will be factory made, delivered and assembled, then slid under the existing stone arch.

…Contracts have also been issued to repair and restore three other PWGSC-owned bridges, namely the LaSalle Causeway in Kingston, Ontario, the Burlington Lift Bridge in Burlington, Ontario and the Alexandra Bridge linking Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.”

Construction work will start this fall with expected completion date winter 2010/2011.

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