Shortlisted on our first Canadian bridge project

A rendering of the new main bridge from the Government of Canada

A Skanska consortium is one of three teams shortlisted to replace one of Canada’s busiest bridges, Montreal’s Champlain Bridge. Valued by the Canadian government at between $2.8- and $4.7 billion, a successful pursuit of this public-private partnership project could open the way for us to secure more work and establish a presence in this new market.

Six teams submitted qualifications for this project, officially called the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Corridor Project. That our team – the Saint-Laurent Alliance – made the initial cut is in large part due to the Canadian experience of our partners, which on the development side are Kiewit Development, Macquarie Capital and Aecon Concessions, while our construction partners are Kiewit Construction and Groupe Aecon Quebec Ltee. Skanska is a 30 percent partner on the development (investment) side, and a 25 percent partner in the construction. Main design partners are WSP Canada, Buckland & Taylor and Parsons Brinckerhoff Halsall.

“We are very happy for pre-qualifying to the RFP phase for this major P3 project in Canada, particularly in light of the relatively complex RFQ provisions we faced and what was quite an intense competition, with several major international concession and construction players active in the Canadian market being left out,” said Frederick Burman, project development director. “That said, we now face the challenge head on of making sure we, as One Skanska, can offer differentiating, bid-winning value to the overall team in what is a new market for both Skanska ID and Skanska Civil.”

Ethics focus

On this project, it’s important to the Canadian government that they have a partner that is experienced at building major bridges in rough weather (among the projects we cited that address this is Skanska’s $1.3 billion Oresund Bridge that links Sweden and Denmark). Also important to them is having a partner with strong ethical values, and our team had to provide significant proof of that, said Jessica Murray, head of communications and marketing.

While USA Building has constructed several data centers in Canada in recent years, USA Civil has never worked there. That is because the opportunities have been so great in the U.S., said Rich Aquino, vice president of business development and marketing. But for this opportunity, we accepted Kiewit’s offer to be on their team because it involves a major bridge, and since we have a good relationship with Kiewit and they have a strong Canadian portfolio, he said. Skanska Koch would be handling the bridge work for us.

Project details

The project – one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America – actually involves two new bridges: a 3.4-kilometer bridge across the St. Lawrence River with a 125-year design life and a 470-meter bridge. Also included is the reconstruction and widening of Autoroute 15 on Montréal Island; reconstruction of Autoroute 15 on Île des Soeurs; and related minor components such as connecting interchanges, overpasses and other works. The winning team will have design, build, finance, operate and maintain responsibilities, including tolling system obligations.

Due to the poor state of the current Champlain Bridge, the project is on a fast-track schedule, with bridge construction completion scheduled for December 2018. The final RFP was just issued.

The other teams which shortlisted for the project are:

Signature on the St. Lawrence Group: SNC-Lavalin, ACS, Hochtief, Dragados Canada, Flatiron, MMM Group, TY Lin International and International Bridge Technologies Canada

St. Lawrence New Bridge Partnership: OHL Infrastructure, DIF Infra 3 Canada, Acciona, Samsung E&C America, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Dessau, Ramboll Denmark A/S and Mainroad Holdings

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  1. This is not actually our first PPP bridge pursuit in Canada. Skanska ID teamed up with Cintra to bid for the Port Mann Bridge Highway 1 project in Vancouver in 2007/8. We came second on that occasion to a Kiewit /Macquarie team so hopefully this time we haver a winning combination. Good luck!

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