On September 15, 2017, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (the "Ministry") posted a Request for Qualifications ("RFQ") on BC Bid inviting proponents to pre-qualify on the first three highway maintenance service-area contracts coming up for renewal.
The purpose of the RFQ is to develop a list of qualified suppliers that will be used for future Requests for Proposal ("RFP"). In total, 27 service-area RFPs, representing approximately $4.5 billion in contract value, will be posted and awarded before the existing maintenance contracts expire through 2018 and 2019. The new maintenance contracts will include increased standards, resulting in enhanced winter maintenance, increased sweeping along cycling routes, and increased communication with the public to rapidly changing road conditions during severe weather events and other incidents affecting travel on B.C. roads.
Cassels Brock is acting for the Ministry in connection with the competitive selection process (including the RFQ and RFP phase) with a team comprised of Tom Isaac, Deepak Gill, Jennifer Poirier and Jonathan Chandler.