Upcoming Key Dates
- July 25 2022 - Construction begins on Phase 1.
- July 26 2022 - Clearing and grubbing begins on the project along the Nanaimo Parkway, between Northfield Road and East Wellington Road, as well as along Northfield Road between the Nanaimo Parkway and Boxwood Road.
- August 10 - Rock Breaking begins on the project along the Nanaimo Parkway, between Northfield Road and East Wellington Road, as well as along Northfield Road between the Nanaimo Parkway and Boxwood Road.
- Mid August (date TBD) - Delivery of the pipe for the watermains will start to arrive at Labieux Road.
Phase 1 - Detailed Design is complete. A constructability review was conducted by the Project Team to finalize the design of Phase 1. Ordering of pipe materials for the Phase 1 of the project began in May with alignment preparations to start in the summer months with anticipation of pipe installation to start in September.
Phase 2 - Design progress continues with the Project Team conducting a constructability reviews on the varies aspects of the design and sections of the project alignment.
Council received a construction Phasing Option Report on the project and new paper articles were published shortly after the April 4 Council Meeting:
Construction Services Contract awarded to Knappett Industries.
Site preparations commence.
Trees will be cleared along the pipeline route prior to the spring bird-nesting season. This work is expected to start on March 3, 2022 and will include sections along the Nanaimo Parkway from East Wellington to Northfield Road and through Beban Park. Please obey all safety warning signage and cordoned off areas during this activity.
Crews will preserve as many trees as possible and will replant many of them when the project is finished.
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 5 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 17 Council Meeting:
Design progressed the drawings package to 30% Detailed Design in November. City Staff groups collaborated on potential opportunities to upgrade pressure reducing valve stations in the project area.
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 was awarded the Engineering Services Contract. The engineering consultants will 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 Midtown Water Supply Project.