Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Three teams vie for Waterloo DBOM contract

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Ontario province's Regional Municipality of Waterloo will evaluate three competing bids for a C$536 million (US$505 million) contract to build an initial 11.8-mile light rail transit line. All three bids were submitted by deadline Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

Submitting bids for a design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) contract were:

GrandLinq, comprised of Plenary Group Canada Ltd., Meridiam Infrastructure Waterloo, LRT ULC Aecon Construction and Materials Ltd., Aecon Concessions,; Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Kiewit Canada Development Corp., Mass Electric Construction Canada Co., Keolis SA, Keolis Canada Inc., AECOM Canada Ltd., STV Canada Construction Inc., and CIBC World Markets, Inc.;

Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge Transit Partners, comprised of Gracorp Capital Advisors Ltd., Fluor Canada Ltd., Connor, Clark & Lunn GVest Traditional, Infrastructure Partnership, Parsons Canada Ltd., Parsons Enterprise Inc., Graham Infrstructure LP, IBI Group, exp Services Inc., E & E Seegmiller Ltd., Guild Electric Ltd., Alternate Concepts Inc., and Investec North America Ltd.; and

Tricity Transit System, including SNC Lavalin Capital, SNC Lavalin Constructors, SNC Lavalin Operations & Maintenance Inc., SNC Lavalin Inc., EllisDon Capital Inc., Fengate Capital Management Ltd., URS Canadian Operations Ltd., and Hatch Mott MacDonald Ltd.

Seven groups initially responded to a Request for Qualifications.

A final decision by regional leaders is expected early next spring. Ontario has committed up to C$300 million (US$282.6 million) in funding, bolstered by Canadian federal government funding of C$265 million and regional contributions of C$253 million.

Last August Bombardier Transportation formally announced it had landed a contract with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo to supply 14 FLEXITY Freedom light rail vehicles, initially serving the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo.