Chilliwack – The Vedder Bridge Replacement Project has been awarded the CDBI (Canadian Design-Build Insitute) Design-Build Award of Excellence – Civil Category at the 2018 Canadian Design-Build Conference in Halifax.
The City of Chilliwack and Emil Anderson Construction were recognized for the project’s construction staging, design innovation and bridge launch method.
Congratulations Vedder Bridge Replacement Project on the 2018 #desingbuild award (major infrastructure project category). Brian Atwell from @EAMOperations and Kevin Pollard from @City_Chilliwack accepted the award. @KlohnCrippen @spirit_of_urban pic.twitter.com/xlisuEnwEZ
— CDBI (@CdnDBinstitute) October 12, 2018
From the CDBI website:
This project involved the replacement of a 1947-constructed steel girder bridge with one with wider traffic lanes and shoulders as well as two additional lanes. The selection process for the replacement design-build project was a two-stage: a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) followed by a request for proposals (RFP).
The Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada funding was based on a budget for a steel girder bridge; however, the City of Chilliwack wanted a more aesthetically-pleasing steel arch structure. The RFP was structured for teams to provide two proposal options: Option 1 (steel girder) – approximate value of $11 million, and a more aesthetically-pleasing option 2 (steel arch) – approximate value of $12.75 million.
The final decision to chose option 2 was made by city council at the time of proposal acceptance. The design-build team lead by Emil Anderson Construction Inc. proposed an innovative approach to the construction of an arch design – an approach that controlled the cost and included the city’s desire for a feature design. The city selected the winning team based on price (55%) as well as design innovation (45%). The designers, Klohn Crippen Berger, developed a highly-innovative engineering solution for the erection of the new structure and the demolition of the existing structure, avoiding any in-stream temporary works. This minimized both environmental impact and cost and made scheduling much more reliable.
Owner: City of Chilliwack
Design-builder: Emil Anderson Construction (EAC) Inc.
Consultant: Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. & Urban Systems Ltd