Prequalified teams shortlisted for OPP modernization phase two project

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Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) have shortlisted three teams to design, build, and finance nine new detachments for phase two of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Modernization project. The overall project has an estimated value in the $100 million range.

These companies were shortlisted after a process that began in January:

Bird Capital Limited Partnership
Developer: Bird Capital Limited Partnership
Architect: NORR Architects
Engineering teams: MCW Consultants Ltd.
Design-builder: Bird Design-Build Construction Inc.
Financial advisor: Bird Capital Limited Partnership

DBF Pomerleau Team
Developer: Pomerleau Inc.
Architect: Roderick Lahey Architect Inc., The Ventin Group Ltd
Engineering teams: J.L. Richards & Associates Limited
Design-builder: Pomerleau Inc.
Financial advisor: Pomerleau Inc.

EllisDon Infrastructure Justice
Developer: EllisDon Capital Inc.
Architect: WZMH Architects
Engineering teams: WSP Canada Inc., SmithGroup JJR
Design-builder: EllisDon Design Build Inc.
Financial advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc.

The new detachments will be located in:

  • Huron County Detachment, 325 Albert St., Clinton
  • Port Credit Detachment, 2735 Argentia Rd., Mississauga
  • Hawkesbury Detachment, 1425 Cameron St., Hawkesbury
  • Manitoulin Island Detachment, 488 Boozeneck Rd., Little Current
  • Marathon Detachment, 101 Peninsula Rd., Marathon
  • Parry Sound Detachment, 1 North Rd., Parry Sound
  • Fort Frances Detachment, 200 McIrvine Rd., Fort Frances
  • Moosonee Detachment, 16 Butcher Rd., Moosonee
  • Orillia – TBD

The shortlisted companies will be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP), which is expected to be issued in summer 2017. IO and MCSCS will then evaluate the RFP submissions, determine a preferred proponent and work toward a final contract to build all nine detachments.

During the first phase, there were concerns within the industry about the consequence of bundling the work, because some local contractors and designers felt they would be shut out of the opportunity.

IO consulted with industry organizations about the second phase bundling, and industry leaders generally agreed that the process would be fair. As long-term maintenance has been left out of the agreement, the overall cost and bidding opportunity could appeal to more contractors. As well, despite fears, there was a consensus that the first phase completed by Bird Design Build Ltd., turned out well, in part because Bird integrated three mid-size regional contractors into the project and solicited trades by working with organizations throughout the province.

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