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Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015

Effective communications and project management keeps Regina Bypass Project on schedule

Regina Bypass

The largest transportation infrastructure project in Saskatchewan’s history, the Regina Bypass involves a free flow highway corridor around the City of Regina and to the east along Highway No. 1.  The project is comprised of approximately 60 kilometres of 4-lane highway, 12 interchanges, and numerous service roads. The new Regina Bypass will address growing traffic, improve safety, and facilitate economic growth.  

Since being awarded the role of Owner’s Engineer by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure in June 2013, Associated Engineering and our partners CIMA+ and Golder Associates, have played an integral role in the development of the Regina Bypass Project.  Phase 1, completed in the Fall 2013, involved assisting the development of the project’s Business Case.  Phase 2, the planning stage, focused on the development of the technical and performance specifications and related drawings.  

On May 5, 2014, as the result of a successful Business Case, the Federal Government announced an investment of up to $200 million in a public-private partnership to support the construction of the Regina Bypass.   Phase 3, the procurement phase followed, with the August 18, 2014 announcement of the shortlisted three proponents. Shortly thereafter, the Request for Proposals was issued.

In January 2015, the proponents provided “Initial Technical  Submissions” for review by the Ministry and Owner’s Engineer team.  Technical leads from nine discipline areas, as well as an overall  Technical Evaluation Team, undertook a collaborative evaluation of these submissions. The Proponents provided their Proposal Submissions (final technical) in late-April 2015.  These were also subject to rigorous review by our collaborative team for compliance with the Request for Proposal and Project Agreement.  

The selection of the Successful Proponent, SaskLink Global Transportation Partners, was announced on May 29, 2015.  Pending approvals, Phase 4, design and construction, is anticipated to commence in the summer of 2015. 

Project Director, Martin Rowland, shares, “The schedule on the Regina Bypass has been extremely tight from the very beginning of the project. Establishing open, effective, and efficient communications within our all-inclusive “One Team” approach, has enabled us to meet the very demanding deadlines.”  Key team members include John Fussell, Martin Rowland, Stella Madsen, Greg Neumann, John Van Der Eerden, Monique Kealey, Paul Hague, Keenan Kitasaka, Darryl Dormuth, Michelle Tarrant, Brett Butler, Angela Hickie-Miller, Hayley Flegel, and many others.