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Partnering with Industry Symposium

Thanks to all those who came out on Thursday, January 24, 2019 to attend the 19th edition of the Partnering with Industry Symposium. A partnership between The City of Calgary and the Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association, this annual event was created as a venue for bringing together City representatives with public partners and local industry to share information on capital program budgets, upcoming projects, emerging trends, and issues.

With a theme of “Optimizing Value”, this year’s presentations by The City of Calgary outlined the major projects and focus areas coming out of the recently approved 2019-2022 Service Plans and Budgets, referred to as ‘One Calgary’. These presentations highlighted the following City of Calgary Council Priorities: A well-run city, A prosperous city, A city of safe and inspiring neighbourhoods, A city that moves, and A healthy and green city.

The audience of more than 650 also heard public partner presentations from: Public Services and Procurement Canada, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Transportation, The University of Calgary and Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.

Not able to make it to the Symposium? Check out all of the speakers’ presentations below:

City of Calgary Presentations

A Well-Run City (972KB) by Brad Stevens, Deputy City Manager

A Prosperous City (1.93MB)  by Sarah Woodgate, Director, Calgary Housing

A City of Safe and Inspiring Neighbourhoods (1.38MB) by Thom Mahler, Manager, Urban Strategy

A City that Moves (3.05MB) by Kerensa Fromherz, Director, Transportation Infrastructure

A Healthy and Green City (1.06MB)  by David Duckworth, General Manager, Utilities & Environmental Protection

Public Partner Presentations

Public Services and Procurement Canada (1MB) by Kevin Turner, Regional Director

Alberta Health Services (1.25MB) by Nicola Huppertz, Director, Projects Centre of Expertise and Provincial Programs

Alberta Transportation (1MB)  by Shane Delorey, Project Director

The University of Calgary (3MB) by Boris Dragicevic, Associate Vice-President, Facilities Development

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (4.2MB) by Kate Thompson, Vice President, Projects

Questions & Answers

New to this year’s edition of the Symposium was the addition of a live ‘Q&A’ panel discussion with the City of Calgary presenters. We have compiled the full list of questions that were posed in-person and in-writing at the event, as well as those that were sent in by email.



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The Consulting RFSO that closed in 2017 is still active, so yes, The City would look to the consultants who were selected as part of the RFSO to help deliver these Recreation projects.

The RFSO was broken down into 12 Schedules, organized by areas of expertise/ disciplines. Since the awarding of the RFSO, there have been changes to our Recreation project delivery group which has led to some of these Schedules being used very rarely or not at all. If you have further questions related to the RFSO you can contact The City’s Supply Management group:

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We will be out to market with the procurement strategy shortly. We anticipate sufficient time for teams to finalize prior to issuance of a Request for Qualifications.

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Our team is working hard to provide that information in the coming weeks. Make sure that you are signed up for the Green Line e-newsletter.

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In the fall of 2018, The City of Calgary changed the format of its “unofficial bid results” relating to tenders, as part of the ongoing evolution of procurement at The City.

We acknowledge that there is benefit to bidders knowing where they stand at bid closing, so in an effort to provide this information we have moved to a new format that instead lists the three lowest bidders, in no particular order.

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The City continually reviews opportunities for using greener building materials. Portland limestone cement has been considered, but is not currently accepted as it does not meet Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards.

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Council passed the Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plans in 2018. It is a very comprehensive plan that provides direction, strategies and actions for how we could mitigate and adapt to climate change. The plan includes actions for energy and carbon management in infrastructure – residential, commercial and industrial buildings as well as renewable energy systems.

The recently formed Calgary Climate Panel includes representatives from City Administration, industry, businesses and the community. The Panel have had two meetings so far and are working together to consider which actions to implement in 2019.

We will continue to work with industry to ensure that we build a city in a way that is innovative, resilient and invites investment, while reducing costs and improving our energy and carbon management.

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The summary is the amount available for tender for upcoming projects and does not include work currently in progress, such as the Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion program or other recently awarded projects.

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The City of Calgary has long-term plans in place to manage the growing population of our city over time. The Municipal Development Plan outlines 24 main street areas across Calgary which are well suited for long-term growth. These are a little like 24 shopping centres, which you could evaluate on whether they are performing well, have opportunities for growth, or will show a return on investment in the shortest term.

You could also think of managing Main Streets like managing a real estate portfolio, focusing on what the market demand may look like – whether for residential, condo development, or office demand – or focusing on the capacity for growth – whether to upzone infrastructure and can we get a good return?

Main Streets like Mission, 4th Street N.W. and Inglewood are well-performing. Killarney, Bridgeland, Marda Loop and Montgomery are ready to grow, and we can leverage short-term investment.

There is a lot of analysis built into these investment decisions.

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We’re really excited to see what’s happening and we’re seeing a lot of success. We did a recent survey and non-profits are targeting 5,000 new units over the next 10 years. If we want federal investment, we have to partner with non-profits. The City plays a key role in providing local investment that enables non-profits to leverage Co Investment Funding under the National Housing Strategy. Municipal tools that help scale up the non-profit housing sector include: The Housing Incentive Program (pre-development grants and city fee rebates), along with prioritized planning approvals, leveraging city land and the stacking of inter-governmental funding. For more information on Development Approvals Coordination for Non-Profits or The Housing Incentive Program, please contact our Affordable Housing Customer Coordinator through 311.

2016 data tells us that only 3.6 per cent of total households in Calgary are supported by non-market housing, compared to the national rates of 6 per cent. To reach the 2016 national average, Calgary would need to add approximately 15,000 new affordable housing units. As of January 15, 2019, there are 13 affordable housing projects in Calgary with approved development permits which have yet to begin construction. This represents 600 new units. An additional 8 affordable housing projects are under construction, representing 575 units of affordable housing. These upcoming procurement opportunities are additional to what The City of Calgary has planned over the next four years. For more information, you can contact the Community Housing Affordability Collective (CHAC) which is a collective engine for improving housing affordability in Calgary through cross sector collaboration and community based advocacy.

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We are always interested in P3 projects, but that decision is based on the needs of each project. We look forward to a range of contracting strategies with industry, so be sure to watch for RFPs in the future because we always need that industry collaboration.