Rail Connect Partners to build Toronto’s East Harbour Transit Hub

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Rail Connect (RC) Partners, a 50/50 joint venture with AtkinsRéalis and Bird Construction Inc. has signed an alliance development agreement to start work on the East Harbour Transit Hub in Toronto.

Work will include design, preparing detailed estimates for resources, costs and schedules, preparing a Project Proposal, finalizing the Project Alliance Agreement, and performing Early Works.

“The alliance development agreement represents a significant development for us in how we execute large projects without a fixed price contract model; we are thrilled to work closely with our alliance partners to apply this collaborative model to deliver an exciting new regional transportation hub,” said Ian L. Edwards, president and CEO, AtkinsRéalis. “We are proud to contribute to improving transportation links in the Greater Toronto Area and developing innovative solutions to improve accessibility for commuters.”

The East Harbour Transit Hub, part of Toronto’s SmartTrack Stations Program, is one of the first major projects in Canada to be procured using an ‘alliance’ model. The alliance model has been used internationally to plan and deliver large, complex infrastructure programs, driving innovation and collaboration between parties. The alliance model is better equipped to manage risk with greater transparency and cooperative decision-making.

“This significant award advances our strategic priority to grow our infrastructure portfolio while maintaining our disciplined pursuit of projects with appropriate risk profiles,” said Teri McKibbon, president and CEO of Bird. “We are proud to play a key role in this project where we can leverage Bird’s extensive collaborative contracting experience along with our comprehensive self-perform capabilities including the specialized services of Dagmar, acquired in 2021.

“We look forward to working collaboratively with Metrolinx and the other alliance team members and stakeholders to promote innovation, continuous improvement, and productivity while delivering this critical infrastructure project required to meet the needs of future generations.”


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