Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx shortlist teams for tunneling work on Scarborough Subway and Eglinton Crosstown West extensions

Aug. 7, 2020
The two projects are part of the largest transit expansion in provincial history and represent a combination of 8.6 miles of tunneling work.

Six teams have been shortlisted by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx to perform a combined 13.8 kilometers (8.6 miles) of tunneling work for two of the province’s priority transit projects.  

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued in March for the tunnel work on the Scarborough Subway Extension, which includes 7.8 kilometers (4.84 miles) of tunnels and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, which includes six kilometers (3.7 miles) of tunnels. Tunnels on both projects will be drilled using tunnel boring machines (TBMs). 

The shortlisted teams and their prime team members for the Scarborough Subway Extension Advanced Tunnel Project are:

Acciona

Applicant Lead: Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc.

Design Team: AECOM Canada Ltd., Acciona Ingenieria S.A., CIMA+ Canada Inc., Thurber Engineering Ltd., GALL ZEIDLER Consultants, T2 Utility Engineers Inc., EWE+ General Partnership

Construction Team: Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc.

Financial Advisor: Agentis Capital

East End Connectors

Applicant Leads: Dragados Canada Inc., Aecon Infrastructure Management. Inc., Ghella Canada Ltd.

Design Team: TYPSA Inc., EXP Services Inc., Pedelta Canada Inc.

Construction Team: Dragados Canada Inc., Aecon Infrastructure Management. Inc., Ghella Canada Ltd.

Financial Advisor: ACS Infrastructure Canada, Aecon Concessions, HSBC, Ghella Investments & Partnerships

Strabag Inc.

Applicant Lead: Strabag Inc.

Design Team: Arup Canada Inc.

Construction Team: Strabag Inc.

Financial Advisor: Strabag Inc.

The shortlisted teams and their prime team members for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension Advanced Tunnel Project are:

Fast Eglinton Group

Applicant Leads: FCC Construccion S.A., Astaldi Canada Enterprises Inc., Salini-Impregilo S.p.A.

Design Team: COWI North America, AECOM Canada, Arcadis Canada Inc., Tunnel and Bridge Technologies Inc.

Construction Team: FCC Construccion S.A., Astaldi Canada Design & Construction, Inc., Salini-Impregilo S.p.A.

North American Tunnel Partners

Applicant Leads: EllisDon Capital, Inc., Barnard LP

Design Team: McMillen Jacobs Associates, Aldea Services LLC, Englobe Corp., Lea Consulting, Ltd.

Construction Team: Barnard Constructors of Canada LP, Kenaidan Contracting Ltd.

Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital Inc.

West End Connectors

Applicant Leads: Dragados Canada Inc., Aecon Infrastructure Management. Inc., Ghella Canada Ltd.

Design Team: TYPSA Inc., EXP Services Inc.

Construction Team: Dragados Canada Inc., Aecon Infrastructure Management. Inc., Ghella Canada Ltd.

Financial Advisor: ACS Infrastructure Canada, Aecon Concessions, Scotiabank Capital, Ghella Investments & Partnerships

"When our government was elected, we immediately reached out to listen to the market to ensure there was capacity and competition to bid on priority projects," said Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney. "The market has responded in an overwhelmingly positive manner and this shortlist is made up of a strong mix of Canadian and international bidders."

IO and Metrolinx say the teams were shortlisted based on criteria identified in the RFQ process, which included design and construction experience and the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and complexity. Teams with the top three scores were then shortlisted for each project.

These shortlisted teams will be invited to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) to begin preparing their submissions that detail how the projects will be delivered with tunneling contracts expected to be awarded for the projects in mid-2021.

In a recent Metrolinx blog post, which detailed different methods of digging a subway tunnel, Metrolinx explains TBMs are custom built for each job, but the advantage of using TBMs is the speed with which they work once in the ground. TBMs can dig 10-15 meters (10.9-16.4 yards) per day. 

“It takes you about a year to get one, but once it’s started and it’s going, it tends to be an efficient and safe method of work,” said Richard Tucker, a project director for the Ontario Line and Scarborough Subway Extension at Metrolinx.

The Scarborough Subway Extension is an 8-km (approximately 5-mile) extension of the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) Bloor-Danforth Line 2. The Eglinton Crosstown West add 9.2 km (5.7 miles) to TTC’s future Line 5 and connect Mount Dennis Station to Renforth Drive.

The projects, along with the Ontario Line and the Yonge North Subway Extension, have been designated by the government of Ontario as priority transit projects and represent the largest transit expansion in the history of the province.

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.