The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has awarded a new $61mn contract to Ontartio based construction engineering company Parsons ahead of work commencing on the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
The bridge will connect Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, with the contract being the first that the WDBA has awarded for services that are related to the design-build phase of the project.
“As we finalize our procurement process to select a private-sector partner to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project it is important that we take steps now to prepare for the start of significant construction,” said André Juneau, Interim Chief Executive Officer, WDBA.
“In addition to getting the sites ready through preparatory activities, we are getting our organization ready to manage the project with appointing Parsons as our Owner’s Engineer being our first critical step.”
Parsons has appointed as the Owner’s Engineer for the project, whereby it will support WDBA with the designing of the bridge by providing technical advice and overseeing construction activities through inspections, compliance reviews and audits.
“Parsons is excited to serve as WDBA’s Owner’s Engineer and to be involved with this historic project,” said Mike Johnson President, Parsons Infrastructure “We have a proven track-record on major infrastructure projects around the world, and we look forward to collaborating with Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge.”
Parsons will assume its role working for the WDBA beginning April – two months prior to the date that final contractual negotiations for the project are expected.