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Picture of the productFort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project PDF

Detailed case study of the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project, the 2018 Gold Award for Project Financing winner.

This vital power project, stretching 500 kilometres northeast from Edmonton, will increase the capacity and overall reliability of Alberta's transmission system in order to meet booming demand in the Fort McMurray area. This is also the first transmission infrastructure P3 to be procured in Canada. The awards committee commended the project's use of a "unique funding competition that took place after the route for the transmission line was finalized and regulatory approval had been granted, resulting in significant savings for the public." At the time of award, the cost savings were estimated to be more than $400 million - approximately 25 per cent of total capital costs.

This 23-page case study provides details on the elements that made this project the Gold Award for Infrastructure winner. Information on the project includes: quick facts, procurement process, structure of the agreement, financial arrangements, innovative features, risk allocation, benefits, communications, performance monitoring, lessons learned and partner contacts.

Published: 06/2019; 23 pages.
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Picture of the productNorth Commuter Parkway & Traffic Bridge Project PDF

Detailed case study of the North Commuter Parkway & Traffic Bridge Replacement Project, the 2018 Gold Award for Infrastructure winner.

When Saskatoon residents and civil and Indigenous leaders came together to celebrate the official opening in the fall of 2018, it was clear this project was about more than improved infrastructure and reduced commutes. It was also building a more inclusive community. The new six-lane bridge on the Parkway pays tribute to Chief Mistawasis, the Cree Chief who signed Treaty 6, while the modern steel-truss structure of the rebuilt Traffic Bridge uses complex engineering to preserve its historical character while meeting todayâ€ÿs safety standards. The project is the largest infrastructure project ever delivered in the City of Saskatoon and the first bundled transportation P3 in Canada.

This 29-page case study provides details on the elements that made this project the Gold Award for Infrastructure winner. Information on the project includes: quick facts, innovative features, procurement process, structure of the agreement, financial arrangements, risk allocation, benefits, communications, performance monitoring, lessons learned and partner contacts.

Published: 06/2019; 29 pages.
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Picture of the productThe Quad at York University PDF

Detailed case study of the Quad at York University, the 2018 Silver Award for Service Deliverywinner.

Every student knows how important it is to be close to campus to optimize time for classes, research and studying. In August 2017, York University opened the first phase of the Quad, offering much-needed apartment-style accommodations for more than 800 students in Toronto. The project is among the largest student housing P3 endeavours ever undertaken in Canada and uses a model that freed York from risks associated with capital costs, operations and maintenance, enabling the university to focus its resources on its academic mission.

This 20-page case study provides details on the elements that made this project the Silver Award for Service Delivery winner. Information on the project includes: quick facts, service delivery, innovative features, procurement process, structure of the agreement, financial arrangements, risk allocation, benefits, communications, performance monitoring, lessons learned and partner contacts.

Published: 06/2019; 20 pages.
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Picture of the productCalgary Composting Facility - Hard Copy

Detailed case study of the Calgary Composting Facility project, the 2017 Silver Award for Infrastructure winner.

The new Calgary Composting Facility, the first P3 composting facility constructed in Canada, will allow the city to divert a minimum of 145,000 tonnes of organics and dewatered biosolids from landfill each year. The three buildings were developed under a unique DBF-OM agreement, which allowed the city to obtain the benefits of fully integrated operations, maintenance and life cycle renewal over 10 years without the cost implications of long-term financing. The project also utilized a P3 performance bond that allowed contractors to overcome the normally onerous capital cost of using traditional securities such as letters of credit to demonstrate liquidity in the event of cost or schedule overruns.

This 30-page case study provides details on the elements that made this project the Silver Award for Infrastructure winner. Information on the project includes: quick facts, procurement process, structure of the agreement, financial arrangements, risk allocation, benefits, communications, labour, monitoring, innovative features, testimonials and partner contacts.

Published: 06/2018; 30 pages.
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Picture of the productCalgary Composting Facility PDF

Detailed case study of the Calgary Composting Facility project, the 2017 Silver Award for Infrastructure winner.

The new Calgary Composting Facility, the first P3 composting facility constructed in Canada, will allow the city to divert a minimum of 145,000 tonnes of organics and dewatered biosolids from landfill each year. The three buildings were developed under a unique DBF-OM agreement, which allowed the city to obtain the benefits of fully integrated operations, maintenance and life cycle renewal over 10 years without the cost implications of long-term financing. The project also utilized a P3 performance bond that allowed contractors to overcome the normally onerous capital cost of using traditional securities such as letters of credit to demonstrate liquidity in the event of cost or schedule overruns.

This 30-page case study provides details on the elements that made this project the Silver Award for Infrastructure winner. Information on the project includes: quick facts, procurement process, structure of the agreement, financial arrangements, risk allocation, benefits, communications, labour, monitoring, innovative features, testimonials and partner contacts.

Published: 06/2018; 30 pages.
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Picture of the productIqaluit International Airport - Hard Copy

Detailed case study of the Iqaluit International Airport project, the 2017 Gold Award for Infrastructure winner.

The redeveloped Iqaluit International Airport is a key transportation gateway for people and goods in Nunavut and northern Canada, replacing a decades-old facility in need of repair. As the first complete airport infrastructure to be built as a P3 in North America, the facility required innovative design and construction to withstand the arctic environment. The design of the terminal building ’s igloo-shaped rotunda as well as the artwork and sculpture on display reflect the imagery of Canada ’s North. The project included several requirements for Inuit labour, services and training to ensure local employment and economic development.

This 38-page case study provides details on the elements that made this project the Gold Award for Infrastructure winner. Information on the project includes: quick facts, procurement process, structure of the agreement, financial arrangements, risk allocation, benefits, communications, labour, monitoring, innovative features, testimonials and partner contacts.

Published: 06/2018; 38 pages.
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Picture of the productIqaluit International Airport PDF

Detailed case study of the Iqaluit International Airport project, the 2017 Gold Award for Infrastructure winner.

The redeveloped Iqaluit International Airport is a key transportation gateway for people and goods in Nunavut and northern Canada, replacing a decades-old facility in need of repair. As the first complete airport infrastructure to be built as a P3 in North America, the facility required innovative design and construction to withstand the arctic environment. The design of the terminal building ’s igloo-shaped rotunda as well as the artwork and sculpture on display reflect the imagery of Canada ’s North. The project included several requirements for Inuit labour, services and training to ensure local employment and economic development.

This 38-page case study provides details on the elements that made this project the Gold Award for Infrastructure winner. Information on the project includes: quick facts, procurement process, structure of the agreement, financial arrangements, risk allocation, benefits, communications, labour, monitoring, innovative features, testimonials and partner contacts.

Published: 06/2018; 38 pages.
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Picture of the productSaint John Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project - Hard Copy

Detailed case study of the City of Saint John Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project, the 2017 Silver Award for Infrastructure winner.

Saint John’s new $217-million water treatment contract was developed using a unique P3 agreement that combined a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) model for the primary infrastructure (treatment plant and reservoirs) and a design-build-finance (DBF) model for the additional infrastructure dams and distribution system). Service to residents needed to be maintained during the project construction and care was taken to inform customers and stakeholders throughout the process about using the P3 model. The new infrastructure means residents will no longer endure boil water advisories and will be provided with high-quality drinking water for many years to come.

This 29-page case study provides details on the elements that made this project the Silver Award for Project Development winner. Information on the project includes: quick facts, procurement process, structure of the agreement, financial arrangements, risk allocation, benefits, communications, labour, monitoring, innovative features, testimonials and partner contacts.

Published: 06/2018; 29 pages.
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Picture of the productSaint John Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project

Detailed case study of the City of Saint John Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project, the 2017 Silver Award for Infrastructure winner.

Saint John’s new $217-million water treatment contract was developed using a unique P3 agreement that combined a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) model for the primary infrastructure (treatment plant and reservoirs) and a design-build-finance (DBF) model for the additional infrastructure dams and distribution system). Service to residents needed to be maintained during the project construction and care was taken to inform customers and stakeholders throughout the process about using the P3 model. The new infrastructure means residents will no longer endure boil water advisories and will be provided with high-quality drinking water for many years to come.

This 29-page case study provides details on the elements that made this project the Silver Award for Project Development winner. Information on the project includes: quick facts, procurement process, structure of the agreement, financial arrangements, risk allocation, benefits, communications, labour, monitoring, innovative features, testimonials and partner contacts.

Published: 06/2018; 29 pages.
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Picture of the productSouthwest Calgary Ring Road Project - Hard Copy

Detailed case study of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road project, the 2016 Gold Award for Project Financing winner.

Vital to the completion of the Calgary Ring Road corridor, the Southwest Calgary Ring Road project comprises approximately 31 kilometres of new 6- and 8-lane divided freeway including additional and auxiliary lanes in addition to existing infrastructure. Fifteen kilometres of the priority new infrastructure will be located on lands the Government of Alberta acquired from the Tsuut’ina Nation. The $1.4 billion project's unique set of constraints required an optimization of risk transfer – the DBFOM P3's estimated $700 million cost savings were achieved through significant pass-down of risk and through the project’s highly innovative hybrid debt financing solution, which included using medium-term financing to amortize costs.

This 26-page case study provides details on the elements that made this project the Gold Award for Project Financing winner. Information on the project includes: quick facts, procurement process, structure of the agreement, financial arrangements, risk allocation, benefits, communications, labour, monitoring, innovative features, testimonials and partner contacts.

Published: 06/2017; 26 pages.
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