Design continues to develop and has progressed to 50% Detailed Design.
Publication of a Negotiated Request for Proposals (NRFP) for Construction Services was posted January 5th 2022, posting to close in February 2022.
Council received an Information Report on the project and new paper articles were published shortly after the January 17th Council Meeting:
Design progressed the drawings package to 30% Detailed Design in November. City Staff groups collaborated on potential opportunities to develop Active Transportation and Parks goals. A solid surface pathway with lighting will be designed on the alignment within Beban Park.
The preliminary design is currently under way for the water supply transmission mains. Geotechnical field investigations are scheduled for August and September. Detailed Design to commence in the fall of 2021. Construction to start in 2022.
Koers and Associates Engineering Limited have been hired to carry out a preliminary assessment of the proposed pipeline alignment and to prepare a preliminary pipeline design.
Ground surveys of the proposed pipe alignment for Phase 1 started at the end of March 2021. Phase 2 surveys started in June 2021.
The City consulted with the Provincial Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure to ascertain the viability of following the Nanaimo Parkway as a proposed pipeline alignment route.
In the summer and fall months prior to November 2020, City staff researched and then outlined eight possible pipeline alignments and held workshops with operations and management staff in Engineering, Public Works, Construction, Development Control, Real Estate and Parks to review, inform and discuss the merits of each option. Staff were then asked to review the eight possible alignments and assess them on their merits.
The consensus of opinion was that the alignment following the east side of the Nanaimo Parkway was the most favorable option.
As discussed in the Background, there was a major pipe failure in April 2020 on a segment of the City's existing Primary Transmission main that impacted the City's water supply and distribution systems.
City Staff reprioritized the projects within the City's Capital Plan and began the research and collaborative work to develop the general scope of Mid-Town Water Supply Project.