North America: Parsons selected to develop Gordie Howe bridge project 

07 March 2018 - 12:00 am UTC

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has hired Parsons Inc as the owner’s engineer to oversee the development of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, according to a 5 March announcement from the grantor.

The preferred proponent is expected to be selected in June 2018, according to the announcement, with financial close scheduled to follow in September of the same year. Parsons would begin its work two months prior to preferred proponent selection so that the firm can begin its engineering work as soon as the private sector team is selected. The authority is “committed to starting construction in 2018,” the statement said.

The CAD 61m (USD 47m) contract mandates Parsons to support the WDBA through design review, providing technical advice, and monitoring and overseeing the construction activities of the private partner through inspections, compliance review and audits. 

“As we finalize our procurement process to select a private-sector partner to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project it is important that we take steps now to prepare for the start of significant construction,” WDBA’s Interim CEO Andre Juneau said in a statement. 

The WDBA shortlisted three teams for the CAD 2bn project in January 2016, as previously reported. Teams must return technical and financial proposals in March and May 2018, respectively. 

The shortlisted teams are:

– Bridging North America: Grupo ACS, Fluor CorporationAECON Concessions, AECOM, Dragados

– CanAm Gateway Partners: EllisDon Capital, BechtelFengate CapitalBBGI, Traylor Brothers, Egis, Arup, HMM, ED Civil, ED Services

– Legacy Link Partners: John Laing, SNC-LavalinVinci Concessions, American Bridge, HDR

The deadline for proposals was extended last year due to the private sector teams’ concerns about meeting the project’s affordability cap to the WDBA, as reported

In January 2015, Parsons was awarded a contract as the WDBA’s general engineering consultant to provide a range of engineering services during the preparatory activities and procurement stages of the project. 

The Government of Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi launched a new selection process to find a CEO for WDBA in January of this year.