THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED THE BIDDING PROCESS TO BUILD 8 NEW ADDITIONAL STATIONS. THE BUDGET IS ESTIMATED AT $475M.
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This is the second of three separate major contracts. The first bidding process for the largest contract worth $1.1 billion for building the concrete elevated guideway and pillars began in August. Procurement for the third contract of electrical systems and track work — including automatic train control, and integration with the existing SkyTrain network — will start later this fall.
For the station construction contract, the selected contractor will be responsible for not only building the eight stations, but also the last 250-meter section of elevated guideway next to the terminus station of 203 Street in Langley Centre, power substations, station public plazas, and vehicle access and three bus exchanges serving 166 Street Station, 196 Street Station, and 203 Street Station.
The average contract cost of each new 80-meter-long station is about $59 million. In contrast, the cost of adding the smaller 50-meter-long Capstan Station to the existing Canada Line in Richmond is $52 million, although there are some key differences in each project’s scope, including the higher cost of building a station on an active line.
This procurement process for the station construction contract is currently in the request for qualifications (RFQ) stage, which will end in early January 2023. From the RFQ, up to three teams will be shortlisted and invited to submit detailed bids in the request for proposal (RFP) stage, which will lead to the selection of the winning contractor in December 2023.
The selected elevated guideway contractor for the first contract will be announced in September 2023.
Altogether, the total cost of this SkyTrain project is budgeted at $4.01 billion, but the combined total value of the three contracts will be less than this figure as it does not take into account government costs relating to internal planning and design work, hired consultants, geotechnical studies, pre-construction activities and utilities removal, and land acquisitions.
The provincial government states it is pursuing the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain extension under three separate contracts to increase competition amongst bidders — allowing smaller and local firms to pursue the smaller contracts, as opposed to the previous practice of awarding one big project contract to multinational entities. It is also believed this could lead to better overall cost control in the current market climate.
Major construction activities on the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain are scheduled to begin in 2024 for completion and opening by late 2028.
Source: Daily Hive
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