The successful proponent for the $4.8-billion Gordie Howe International Bridge Project could be named as early as next month.

Mark Butler, director of communications for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), provided an update on the project as part of his keynote remarks delivered at the Canadian Network of Asset Managers annual conference in Windsor, Ont.

“The three pre-qualified Proponent teams selected through the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) stage have submitted technical and financial proposals based on the conditions and specifications outlined in the Request for Proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project,” Butler said.

With the complete proposals from all three consortiums now in place, the process will quickly move towards proponent selection and financial close.

“Next steps in the P3 procurement process include the completion of a rigorous evaluation of the proposals by teams comprised of subject-matter experts and with extensive engineering and financial experience,” Butler explained. “As with the entire P3 procurement process, this evaluation is overseen by an independent fairness monitor. Following evaluation, a Preferred Proponent will be announced in June of this year. The final step in the P3 procurement process – Financial Close – is expected to occur by the end of September.”

The original companies listed as taking part in the three consortiums bidding on the project are:

Legacy Link Partners:

SNC Lavalin Capital Inc.; VINCI Concessions S.A.S; John Laing Investments Ltd.; HDR Corp.; Leonhardt, Andra and Partners (if cable-stayed); Aas-Jakobsen (if suspension); Alfred Benesch & Company; Golder Associates; American Bridge Canada Company; SNC Lavalin Constructor (Pacific) Inc. (SLCP); VINCI Construction Grands Projects; Barton Malow; DRICCA (Joint Venture with Ajax Paving, Dan’s Excavating, C.A. Hull Co Inc., Toebe Construction, Amico Infrastructures Inc.); SNC Lavalin Operations & Maintenance Inc.; VINCI Concessions; SNC Lavalin Security Consulting Inc.

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Bridging North America:

ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc.; Fluor Canada Ltd.; Aecon Concessions, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.; RBC Dominion Securities Inc.; AECOM; Carlos Fernandez Casado S.L/FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores, S.A.; Moriyama and Teshima Architects; Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects LLP; Dragados Canada Inc.; Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.; Turner Construction Company; Aecon O&M, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.; DBI Services, LLC; URS Federal Services, Inc. an AECOM company. (Aecon has dropped out of the consortium)


CanAm Gateway Partners:

Fengate Capital Management Ltd.; BBGI CanHoldco Inc.; EllisDon Capital Inc.; Bechtel Development Company Inc.; Arup-Hatch Mott McDonald Design JV; Bergmann Associates Inc.; NORR Ltd.; Bechtel Canada Co.; EllisDon Civil Ltd.; Traylor Bros. Inc.; EllisDon Facilities Services Inc.; Egis Projects S.A.; Roy Jorgensen Associates Inc.


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