Three construction teams working on bids for first phase of $5.5 billion Calgary transit project

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Contractors are preparing bids for the first phase of Calgary’s $5.5 billion Green Line transit project.

The city shortlisted three construction teams and issued a request for proposals for the first phase of work on the 20-kilometre light rail project late last month. The call for bids followed a month-long request for qualifications period.

The estimated cost of the transit line is $5.5 billion – $4.9 billion for construction and $640 million in financing costs to the city.

Calgary anticipates picking a winning bidder for the design-build-finance contract next summer, with construction starting in late 2021.

Segment 1 runs from Shepard Station (126 Avenue S.E.) at the south end of Calgary, to the Elbow River, just east of downtown. It will run at-grade and include nine stations.

Segments 2A and 2B will take the rail line underground through downtown and above ground north of the Bow River.

Construction is scheduled to start in 2022 and 2024, respectively. Work on all three stages of the project is expected to create more than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The Green Line is scheduled to open in 2027.

Shortlist construction consortia for Segment 1:

Graham-PCL Transit Partners

Lead construction team members:

  • Graham Infrastructure LP
  • PCL Construction Management Inc.

Lead design team member:

  • WSP Canada Inc.
  • Design: Architecture 49, Gibbs Gage Architects, McElhanney, Platinum Engineering Ltd. and Klohn Crippen Berger
  • Financial Advisor: TD Securities

CityLink Partners

Lead construction team members:

  • Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.
  • Dragados Canada Inc.

Lead design team members:

  • Parsons Inc.
  • AECOM Canada Ltd.

Design Team: Wood and EXP
Financial Advisor: Aecon, RBC and ACS

urbanTRANSIT

Lead construction team members:

  • Salini Impregilo S.p.A.
  • Hitachi Rail STS S.p.A.

Lead design team member:

  • GHD Ltd.
    Construction Team JV: Astaldi
    Design Team: Arcadis Canada Inc., Associated Engineering, and Kasian
    Financial Advisor: National BankBottom of Form

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