November 2014

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Metrolinx adopts QBS for engineering services

Consultant to be selected based on quality and qualifications, not price


Metrolinx has announced a Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) process for the procurement of engineering services for the construction of a multi-level parking structure at the Rutherford GO Station, north of Toronto. The RFP, issued November 6, is consistent with Best Practice for Selecting a Professional Consultant by InfraGuide, Quality Based Consultant Selection Guide by FIDIC and QBS as envisioned by the Brooks Act in the US. This is a major milestone in public procurement in Canada and is the result of the hard work of Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) working closely with Metrolinx.

“We congratulate Metrolinx for its commitment to recognizing the best practice of consultant selection when it comes to infrastructure design and delivery,” said Barry Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer of CEO. “We are very confident that the merits of the QBS process will provide significant benefits for the people of Ontario and an excellent return on investment for Metrolinx, and are looking forward to many more QBS projects being offered in the future.”

Qualifications Based Selection emphasizes maximum project value. Focusing on consultant expertise and experience to guide project scope of work and negotiation for project price, clients are able to realize significant returns on investments. Design innovation and professional best practices help control construction costs and manage project schedules.

“This is a major win for the industry in Ontario and across Canada,” said ACEC President & CEO John Gamble. “I can’t overstate the importance of this for our collective efforts to promote QBS across the country.”

ACEC-Canada applauds the Government of Ontario and congratulates CEO, its members and partners for their commitment to advocating the use of QBS.

Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario created to improve the coordination and integration of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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