Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

June 27, 2014 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Moving Forward on the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence

Design of the new bridge unveiled

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 27, 2014) - Infrastructure Canada

Minister Lebel today presented the design for the New bridge for the St. Lawrence - one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America.

The design of the new bridge to replace the Champlain Bridge was the result of a collaborative process. An architectural review panel comprised of architect Poul Ove Jensen from Dissing+Weitling, local firm Provencher Roy, the City of Montreal, Mission Design, Heritage Montreal, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and the Ordre des architectes du Québec.developed the design in collaboration with Arup, the New bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor project engineering consultants.

Qualified proponents invited to participate in the project's Request for Proposals (RFP) stage will have to comply with the architectural requirements presented today.

The Government of Canada also announced that there has been a strong response to the project's Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Six consortia comprised of numerous international and Canadian firms have responded to the RFQ. The three highest scoring qualified respondents will be invited to participate in the RFP which will be launched next month.

Following the competitive process, the Government of Canada will award the contract to the proponent with the lowest cost, technically compliant bid to ensure the best value for Canadian taxpayers. The Government of Canada is committed to having the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence in service in 2018 and to having the remainder of the corridor completed by 2020.

Quick Facts

  • On October 5, 2011, the Government of Canada announced it will be building a New bridge for the Saint-Lawrence.
  • The new bridge for the St. Lawrence will be built responsibly, as a public-private partnership to provide best value for money for Canadians and to ensure that the project will be delivered on time and on budget.
  • This project will create thousands of jobs and have a positive impact on the Canadian economy.

Quotes

"I am pleased to present the design of the new bridge, which was developed in collaboration with local and provincial architectural experts. The New bridge for the St. Lawrence will reflect the Greater Montreal region's unique features and will have a positive impact on its landscape for generations to come.

I am also pleased to announce the significant interest from industry in working on the New bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor project. This response reflects the magnitude and importance of this project, the rigor of the planning process, and the spirit of collaboration we've fostered with our partners.

Our Government is working collaboratively with our partners to move the New bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor project forward in an accelerated fashion. We are committed to delivering a safe, reliable, long-lasting bridge, constructed in a timely, cost-effective, environmentally responsible manner."

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Related Products

To read more about the process to develop the bridge design. (http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=863209)

To read about the original announcement about the launch of the procurement process: (http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=820529)

Additional Links

View a video and photos of the bridge design: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/nbsl-npsl/architecture-eng.html

Learn more about the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence by visiting http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/nbsl-npsl/index-eng.html

Learn more about the Request for Qualifications at: https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-NB-001-64871

Backgrounder

Architectural quality of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence

The Government of Canada, together with the community, has always wanted the new bridge for the St. Lawrence to be a world-class corridor with a visual identity that contributes positively to its status as the primary gateway to Montreal, reflects the community's special characteristics, and suits the context and environment in which it will be built.

BACKGROUND

As with the other project components, the Government of Canada is taking a collaborative approach to the architectural component of the new bridge.

In the summer of 2013, the Government of Canada, in conjunction with the City of Montreal, began to study various options for ensuring that the new bridge has architectural quality.

All of the experts consulted during the study agreed that in order to ensure the architectural quality of the new bridge, a prescriptive approach would have to be taken with respect to its essential architectural components.

In accordance with the findings of the study, Arup, the engineering consults hired by Infrastructure Canada, commissioned Dissing+Weitling and the Montreal company Provencher Roy to determine the shape and geometry that the essential architectural components of the new bridge will be required to have.

The Government of Canada also created an Architectural Review Panel to support it in this endeavour.

The panel, whose mission is to provide advice on the identification and ranking of project components that merit special architectural consideration, is made up of Arup, Dissing+Weitling, Provencher Roy, the City of Montreal, Mission Design, Heritage Montreal, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and the Ordre des architectes du Québec.

The private partner that is ultimately selected will be responsible for the final design of the bridge and will have some flexibility to choose construction materials and techniques.

By taking this approach to ensure that the new bridge has architectural quality, the Government of Canada is going beyond the practices normally used for similar public-private partnership projects.

The Government of Canada believes that this collaborative approach will result in an architecturally distinctive new bridge that is worthy of its role as the gateway to Montreal, that will be a source of pride for Canadians in Montreal and across the country, and that is completed on budget and on time.

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and
    Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1838

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca