Gateway Program procurement processes and opportunities

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The Port of Vancouver plays a vital economic role in Canada by connecting consumers and businesses with the global marketplace. As we manage the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19, the safety and health of our employees and stakeholders is our top priority. We are also continuing our work to deliver essential trade-enabling projects.

Between 2020 and 2025, the port authority is taking a lead role in delivering several infrastructure projects throughout the Lower Mainland in collaboration with industry and other local, provincial, and federal agencies. These projects have a cumulative value of nearly $1 billion. The projects are a subset of the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum’s Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030 strategy.

The port authority is also leading the delivery of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project and the Centerm Expansion Project. Learn more about the procurement approach for the delivery of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project here.

The projects range in value from approximately $10 to $150 million and generally involve improvements or construction of roadway overpasses or underpasses of active rail lines and complementary improvements to the adjacent rail infrastructure (led by the relevant railway).

As we prepare to deliver these projects, we will engage contractors and consultants through questionnaires, conversations, and events. It is important to us that the opportunities are provided in a way that is fair, open, transparent, and accessible to qualified vendors. We procure all goods and services in accordance with our procurement policy, which is approved by our board of directors.

The information provided on this webpage and other linked documents is intended to provide background on current and future bidding opportunities.

Funding for projects

Funding for road and rail infrastructure projects that are moving forward has been secured from the port authority, railways, and the Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund.

Delivery model and bidding procedure

We will select the delivery model for each of our projects based on their unique characteristics. However, we anticipate that larger, more complex infrastructure projects will follow design-build or progressive design build delivery models, and smaller scale projects will follow more traditional procurement methods (such as design-bid-build).

Environmental and community standards

Following our green infrastructure guidelines for all projects, we will continue to deliver high quality projects with the environment and community in mind, in alignment with our vision for the Port of Vancouver to be the world’s most sustainable port. As an example, our North Vancouver Low Level Road project, completed in 2015, received the first Envision Platinum Award for transportation infrastructure.

Indigenous participation in construction

Meaningful inclusion of Indigenous groups is of paramount importance for us and we work closely with them in the planning of projects. This can take various forms, including partnerships, contracting, training, employment, and provision of equipment and materials.

We invite Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses to register with our Indigenous Business Directory, which helps us learn about Indigenous businesses and establish a list of organizations that would like to do business with us.

Criteria for evaluating contractor proposals

In reviewing proposals for infrastructure contractors, we consider a number of factors that may include:

  • Approach, demonstrated experience and past project performance in
    • Safety management
    • Traffic management
    • Quality management
    • Environmental management
    • Sustainable infrastructure delivery
  • The selected procurement delivery model
  • Approach to participation by Indigenous groups
  • Experience working with the relevant municipality and railways
  • Experience working next to active rail and road corridors
  • Experience working in soft soils with high ground water tables

Full criteria for each individual procurement will be outlined in each project’s procurement documents, e.g. request for qualifications (RFQ), request for proposals (RFP), and invitation to tender (ITT).

Overview of projects

In procurement planning / procurement phase

Project Anticipated Target dates Last updated
Estimated cost Delivery model RFQ issuance RFP/ITT issuance Construction commencement Construction completion
Mountain Highway Underpass $6–7M Design-Bid-Build Issued Q2 2020 June 2020 (RFP to RFQ shortlist only) Q3 2020 Q1 2021 June 15, 2020
Commissioner Street Road Realignment $20–22M Design-Bid-Build Closed Sept 2020 (RFP to RFQ shortlist only) Nov 2020 Q4 2021 Oct 7, 2020
Kennedy Overpass (Pitt Meadows) $40–50M Design-Build mid-2021 mid-2021 Q2 2022 Q2 2024 Nov 26, 2020
Portside Road Extension and Bridge $10–$15M Design-Build Q4 2020 Q2 2021 Q4 2021 Q3 2023 Nov 26, 2020
Holdom Overpass (Burnaby) $130–160M Design-Build Q1 2021 Q2 2021 Q1 2022 Q2 2024 May 19, 2020
Harris Underpass (Pitt Meadows) $60–80M Design-Build Q2 2021 Q3 2021 Q3 2022 Q2 2025 Aug 13, 2020
Portside Overpass and Blundell Road Widening $95–100M Progressive Design-Build Oct 2020 Jan 2021 2022 Q4 2024 Aug 10, 2020

In study phase

Project Estimated cost Target dates Last updated
Procurement Construction
Coquitlam Rail Corridor Improvements $200-$300M 2022–2023 2023–2026 May 19, 2020
Westwood Rail Crossing Improvements $150-$250M 2022–2023 2023–2026 May 19, 2020

In execution phase

South Shore Access Project

In mid-2020, the port authority invited contractors to participate in two rounds of engagement to help the port authority plan the Gateway Program. Using questionnaires, our engagement focused on procurement and delivery model selections, procurement processes, commercial, technical and property risks, and COVID-19 strategies.

In response to the feedback received during the first two rounds of engagement, contractors and consultants were invited to share insights on our proposed procurement and commercial approaches in a third round of engagement.

Your insight will help us improve and finalize procurement packages, which will ultimately assist the port authority in effective delivery of the projects. We will review submitted feedback and incorporate input, where applicable, as we refine our approaches, procurement processes, and associated documentation related to the Gateway Program projects.

Documents

October 2020 – Contractor engagement – Round 3: Proposed procurement and commercial approaches
October 23, 2020 – Newsletter – Gateway Program procurement opportunities
October 16, 2020 – Newsletter – Gateway Program procurement opportunities 
September 14, 2020 – Engagement summary report – Round 2
June 19, 2020 – Contractor questionnaire – Round 2
May 19, 2020 – Contractor questionnaire – Market sounding
May 19, 2020 – Harris Road underpass – Market sounding technical fact sheet
May 2020 – Draft concepts for discussion – Harris Road
May 19, 2020 – Kennedy Road overpass – Market sounding technical fact sheet
May 2020 – Draft concepts for discussion – Kennedy Road 
May 19, 2020 – Holdom Overpass – Market sounding technical fact sheet
May 2002 – Draft concepts for discussion – Holdom Overpass
May 19, 2020 – Portside Road extension and bridge – Market sounding technical fact sheet
May 19, 2020 – Portside Road overpass and Blundell Road widening technical fact sheet
May 2020 – Draft concepts for discussion – Portside/Blundell 

Although our market research documents are prepared in good faith, they are not intended to be exhaustive and have not been independently verified. Neither the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority nor any of our advisors bear any responsibility for the accuracy or detail of the information provided, nor do we make any express or implied representation or guarantee, with respect to the information contained therein. The information contained therein should be considered preliminary.

Nothing contained in the market research document can be construed as a promise or statement by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority that the projects will be implemented in any form whatsoever. Neither any information provided by participants in the market research nor the participation in any market research activities will, in any way, be used for evaluation purposes in subsequent procurement processes for the projects. Therefore, participation in the market research is not an undertaking of any kind to grant the participant qualification to participate in any request for qualifications or request for proposals in relation to the projects.