Procurement

We’re working with City Supply Management to procure and award contracts for Phase 1 of the Green Line LRT Project. 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 AgreementCanadian Free Trade Agreement and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

Bid opportunities
Bid opportunities are advertised through Merx Calgary and Alberta Purchasing Connection through a fair and equitable process. Learn more about bid and vendor information, including how to become a vendor.

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 kms 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.

What is a DBF with a Development Phase?

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.

Why is the City doing a DBF with Development Phase?

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.

How long will the procurement process take?

Following the RFQ process, the RFP stage is expected to commence in Q3 2022 and result in the selection of a Successful Proponent to 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.

How are local contractors able to work on Green Line?

While the scope of the Phase 1 contract may lead to involvement of multi-national companies, most, if not all of the actual work on the project will be performed by local and domestic trades. As we advance through the procurement process, Green Line will engage and connect with industry to facilitate their involvement.

All early works opportunities are advertised through Merx Calgary and Alberta Purchasing Connection through a fair and equitable process. Green Line is also committed to sharing information with stakeholders, including the Calgary Construction Association, in advance of opportunities being posted.

Status:
On March 31, 2022, the Green Line Board released the Phase 1 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a DBF with a Development Phase. The procurement strategy allows the Green Line Board to select a Development Partner in early 2023 following the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage, from the RFQ short-listed candidates. The Development Partner will work collaboratively with the Green Line team on design progression providing flexibility to innovate, optimize and manage cost, risk and schedule concerns. The Development Phase is expected to take approximately 12-months.

LRV procurement

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.

See more information about the Urbos 100 LRV.

Status:
In November 2021, following a robust competitive procurement process, CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles) was awarded the contract to supply Green Line’s new fleet of low floor LRVs. The procurement process, which began in February 2019, was overseen by a third-party fairness monitor throughout the RFQ and RFP process.


CAF’s proposal met all of the City’s technical and commercial requirements. The Urbos 100 LRVs offer modern low-floor technology adding excellent value for Calgarians. This new fleet will provide Calgary with a world class transit option.

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.

Learn about the Beltline and Downtown Uility Relocation Project.

Southeast Status:
Since 2017, a wide variety of early works projects have been underway.  Most of the projects are nearing completion for the current scope of work. Schedule analysis is underway for potential opportunities to progress further critical work.

 

Beltline and Downtown Status:
The overall project involves locating utilities that will conflict with the main construction and removing and relocating them to nearby streets and alleys. This utility relocation project started in May 2021. PCL was awarded a contract through a competitive process as the construction management contractor.

   

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