SNC-Lavalin among companies shortlisted to bid for Broadway Subway construction

Jun 26 2019, 1:06 am

After launching the initial steps of the Millennium Line’s Broadway Extension bidding process early this year, the provincial government announced today it has selected three private consortium teams to submit detailed bids to design, build, and partially finance the $2.8-billion SkyTrain extension project.

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All three teams have had significant prior experience with building major infrastructure projects, including tunnelling and rail transit lines.

One team is led by Acciona Infrastructure and Ghella Canada, with other members including IBI Group, DIALOG, Mott Macdonald Canada, Parsons Inc., Mott Macdonald Canada, and Madrid-based Ingenieria Especializada de Obra Civil e Industrial.

Another proponent is Broadway Connect, led by Dragados Canada, Aecon Infrastructure, and ACS Infrastructure. Its minor participants include Hatch Ltd., WSP Canada, Dr. G. Sauer & Partners, VIA Architecture, Wood Canada’s Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, and SENER.

The third team is West 9th Partners, a private consortium solely comprised of four different divisions of SNC-Lavalin, which is, of course, embattled in legal and political controversies for its practices and has received heightened local scrutiny this year for its possible involvement with the subway project.

SNC-Lavalin also designed, built, and helped finance the Canada Line, and is operating and maintaining this standalone SkyTrain line through a 35-year contract — expiring 2040.

The company was also involved with the region’s other SkyTrain projects, dating back to the 1980s, and most recently the Millennium Line’s Evergreen Extension.

Although the SkyTrain extension does not depend on Bombardier technology — as the company does not hold any proprietary rights required to achieve the project — it is unclear whether the company submitted its participation interest, but was not chosen. Bombardier was one of the two companies that participated in the RFP process for the Canada Line.

Dragados, ACS Infrastructure, Acciona Infrastructure, and SNC-Lavalin are also bidding to be the major contractor of the $1.4-billion Pattullo Bridge replacement project.

Acciona Infrastructure is currently building a $700-million new sewage treatment facility in North Vancouver.

The provincial government is slated to select a preferred consortium for the Broadway Extension by the middle of 2020.

Construction on the 5.7-km-long, six-station subway from VCC-Clark Station to Arbutus Street could begin in late 2020 for an opening in 2025.

Unlike the Canada Line, but just like the Evergreen Extension, an operating contract is not included in the RFP as the Broadway Extension is a continuous extension of the Millennium Line operated by TransLink subsidiary BC Rapid Transit Company.

However, the selected contractor will be required to provide $450 million in financing during the construction period.

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Map of the Millennium Line’s Broadway Extension subway stations. (TransLink)

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