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Disraeli Bridges Project

The Procurement Process

On September 24, 2008, City Council approved the plan to move forward with the Disraeli Bridges Project, which includes a separate new Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge over the river.

City Council approved the DBFM model for the procurement process for the refurbishment of the existing structures or new construction. The DBFM model has two key stages:

  • A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) followed by
  • A Request for Proposals (RFP)

A Design Build Finance Maintain (DBFM) model for capital projects provides extended lifecycle benefits compared to projects that are delivered using conventional methods which include:

  • Transfer of upfront financing costs
  • Overall project cost certainty
  • Transfer of risk to the private sector and
  • Transfer of maintenance costs for the term of the contract

Excerpt from City Council approved report:

The DBFM procurement documents will provide that advice and commentary recently received by the City from private sector participants involved in other Canadian P3 projects have encouraged the City to invite proposals for the design, build, financing and maintenance of new as well as refurbished Bridges in order to open competition to the best solutions that the private sector can offer respecting:

a. refurbishment, or
b. new construction, or
c. a combination of refurbishment and new construction

Plenary Roads Winnipeg was selected as the preferred proponent based on the overall scoring of the RFP. Their design solution represented the best value to the City and struck a balance between cost and minimizing disruption (cost benefit analysis). Companies bidding on this project presented traffic management plans as part of their proposals for the refurbishment of the bridges. The scoring in the RFP evaluation process favoured the proponent that was able to provide a traffic management plan that presented the minimum disruption to the traveling public.

Last update: 25.09.2015

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