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Strabag and West End Connectors anticipated to build Toronto subway tunnel projects

Strabag and West End Connectors anticipated to build Toronto subway tunnel projects
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TORONTO — Strabag and West End Connectors have been identified by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx as the First Negotiations Proponents (FNPs) to design, build and finance the tunnels for the Scarborough Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension projects.

Identification of the FNP, announced March 8, is the first step in the negotiations process.

IO and Metrolinx will work with each team to finalize the details of their Request for Proposal (RFP) submissions and at the end of the process each team will proceed to financial close of a contract, which is expected this spring.

“IO and Metrolinx’s approach is designed to speed up construction of the tunnels,” indicates a release. “During negotiations with IO and Metrolinx, each team is permitted to undertake certain design and early works for the projects, with potential for early onsite construction mobilization at the Scarborough site. Tunnel boring is expected to begin next year.”

For the FNP for the Scarborough Subway Extension advance tunnel contract, the Strabag team includes Strabag AG (applicant lead); Strabag Inc. (construction team and financial adviser); and Arup Canada Inc., Brian Isherwood & Associates Ltd. (design team).

The FNP for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension advance tunnel contract, the West End Connectors team, includes Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc., Dragados Canada Inc., Ghella Canada Ltd. (applicant lead and construction team); TYPSAInc., EXP Services Inc., Dr. G. Sauer & Partners Corporation, Pedelta Canada Inc. (design team); and ACS Infrastructure Canada, Aecon Concessions, Scotiabank Capital, Ghella Investments & Partnerships (financial adviser).

The two proponents were the highest ranked of the shortlisted teams invited to submit bids. Teams were evaluated based on criteria identified in the RFP process that began in August 2020 which included design and construction methodology, approach to managing the project and the collaborative behaviours of key individuals of the proponent teams.

The scope of work for the Scarborough subway consists of tunnelling work for the 7.8 kilometre subway extension from Kennedy Station to McCowan Road/Sheppard Avenue. The Eglinton Crosstown West extension work includes about six kilometres of tunnelling for the 9.2 kilometre extension. Both projects include design and construction of launch and extraction shafts, tunnels, as well as headwalls for emergency exit buildings and stations; supplying the tunnel boring machine and installing segmental precast concrete tunnel liners; and activities necessary to build the tunnel such as utility relocations, supports for shaft and headwalls, temporary power supply, lighting, ventilation and drainage.

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