Phase 1 procurement
Phase 1, from Shepard to Eau Claire, will build the core of the Green Line, constructing the most technically complex section of the new LRT line to support future expansion to the north and south. In line with City Council direction from June 2020, Phase 1 procurement is following a Design-Build-Finance (DBF) model with a Development Phase. The Phase 1 project includes 18 km of LRT track, 13 stations including underground and elevated station buildings, bridge structures, three Park and Ride facilities and a maintenance storage facility for light rail vehicles.
In the DBF with Development Phase model, a Development Partner is selected after the conclusion of the RFP stage. The Development Partner works collaboratively with the Owner’s team during an approximately 12-month period to advance design and determine the risk allocation and price as well as the project schedule. There are several stage gate decisions during the Development Phase to ensure alignment between the parties. During this period, long-lead procurement and some work packages may proceed.
Following the Development Phase, the Project Agreement is signed, and the Implementation Phase begins.
Green Line is committed to a reasonable and balanced procurement strategy, in line with Council direction, which is also attractive to the market. Following extensive consultations with the market, we believe that a DBF with a Development Phase will deliver a successful procurement and project.
The RFP stage began at the end of Q3 2022. Following evaluation, the successful proponent will be named as the Development Partner and proceed to the Development Phase in Q1 2023. Timelines may adjust but it is anticipated that we would move to the Implementation Phase by Q2 2024.
As we advance through the procurement process, Green Line will engage and connect with industry to facilitate their involvement.
The City of Calgary has a strong history of managing fair, open and transparent procurement processes. We have confidence in our procurement processes and the strength of the teams shortlisted.
We are aware that two companies within our shortlisted project teams to construct Phase 1 of the Green Line LRT Project, Flatiron Constructors and Dragados, are both majority owned by ACS Group. During the RFQ process, this was proactively brought forward by both teams and discussed between the City and applicants. As part of our assessment, measures were established to ensure compliance with procurement requirements which were reviewed and approved by the external Fairness Monitor.
The Green Line LRT will run low floor light rail vehicles (LRVs) as they offer a sleek modern design and enhanced benefits including improved accessibility, increased capacity per train, enhanced safety and a smaller footprint for station structure than the existing high floor system used on the Red and Blue Lines. The City will procure an LRV supplier to design, test, supply, deliver and commission 28 low floor LRVs and provide support services to keep the LRVs operational for the Green Line LRT.
Early works procurement
Early works projects help to de-risk and create efficiencies for main construction. The projects typically require long lead times and ample resources. Completing them in advance helps make main construction more efficient. The Green Line LRT Project has focused early works projects in the southeast and in the Beltline and Downtown areas.
City of Calgary contracting
Green Line is working with City Supply Management to procure and award contracts for Phase 1. As the stewards of responsible public spending, City Supply Management has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure City spending be conducted with the highest level of transparency, openness, and fairness. As such, all procurement of goods and services by The City is subject to the following trade agreements: the New West Partnership Trade Agreement; Canadian Free Trade Agreement and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.