WHAT WE OFFER

Procurement Support

The delivery of infrastructure continues to evolve, with owners increasingly searching for innovative strategies to complete projects on time and on budget. Working with governments and their agencies, the Stewart Group supports these complex procurement processes to help reduce risk and deliver projects effectively. We provide procurement options analysis and support for funding strategy, project agreements, request for qualifications (RFQ) and request for proposals (RFP) stages and proposal evaluation.

VALLEY LINE STAGE 1 LRT

the challenge

The City of Edmonton was expanding its rapid transit network with multiple lines of new, modern low-floor light rail. The first phase was being delivered through a public-private partnership (P3). At $1.8 billion, the Valley Line LRT Stage 1 was the largest P3 in the City’s history.

the solution

Since 2013, the Stewart Group has been retained to provide a broad range of strategic advisory and management services including: project management, project governance, team integration, procurement readiness, evaluation and issues management.

the result

With the support of strategic advisory services, a strong and cohesive project team was developed; successfully managing a 20-month procurement process. The project achieved a successful financial close in February 2016.

Building the Social and Economic Case

Delivering infrastructure projects requires support and buy-in from multiple stakeholders including government, public agencies and private industry. Identifying the social, economic and environmental value of these projects is critical to securing this support. The Stewart Group can lead the development of economic benefit reports, identifying the direct and induced employment, increased tax revenues, contributions to GDP and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Our team can also develop advocacy campaigns to help mobilize stakeholders and influencers.

VALLEY LINE STAGE 2 LRT

the challenge

The Valley Line West is the second phase of the Valley Line, a low-floor, urban-style, 14-kilometre extension. The first phase of the project is currently under construction. With an estimated capital expenditure of $2.6 billion, the City of Edmonton decided to pursue senior government funding to support the development of the extension.

the solution

The Stewart Group was retained to manage and develop the project’s Business Case and necessary government funding applications. This included responsibility for coordinating with various City branches, as well as City advisory and engineering teams, to solicit inputs into the case (physical scope definition, risks, financial analysis, environmental impact, etc.) and complete extensive analysis for the project’s benefit-cost ratio.

the result

In March 2019, the Valley Line West project secured $1.9 billion in senior government funding. The Valley Line West project is currently in procurement.

Governance Development

An effective governance structure allows project leaders to make timely and informed decisions and provides transparency and accountability to stakeholders. The Stewart Group supports public agencies by developing a governance framework that meets these goals. We help establish project teams and operationalize an integrated organizational structure. We can also lead the development of intergovernmental and interagency agreements, including Memorandums of Understanding and Master Agreements, that clearly articulate roles and responsibilities of affected parties. The Stewart Group also assists private sector clients with joint venture agreements and MOUs.

HONOLULU RAPID TRANSIT

the challenge

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit was established in 2005 to oversee the development and procurement of the Honolulu Rapid Transit Project. In 2016, the responsibility for the design and delivery of the operations and maintenance of the Honolulu Rapid Transit Project was transferred from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) to the City’s Department of Transportation Services (City). In 2018, it was decided that the final phase of the Project would be delivered as a P3 through a joint HART/City procurement.

the solution

The Stewart Group was engaged to advise HART on defining roles and responsibilities between the parties, address overlap or uncertainty within those identified responsibilities, and provide additional support to assist the Project in the development of an effective governance framework for the joint P3 procurement.

the result

Through the facilitation of negotiations and workshops, the parties have been able to better understand their respective roles and responsibilities; leading to more effective joint decision making. In addition, through the development of a coordinated project leaders’ team, there is now a clear and defined avenue for issue escalation and decision making.

Market Growth & Pursuit Strategies

The Stewart Group specializes in helping companies looking to enter or grow in specific markets. Working with executive leadership teams, our firm can develop a comprehensive assessment of the Canadian market, identifying high-value opportunities that align with the firm’s strengths and objectives. Our methods include identifying and assessing opportunities, analysing the competitive landscape, understanding commercial and regulatory frameworks and reviewing partnering opportunities. We also provide bid and pursuit strategies through all stages of procurement.

EGLINTON CROSSTOWN LRT

the challenge

The Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project introduced a new form of rapid transit technology along the Eglinton corridor and within the City of Toronto. The project, being constructed and operated in a densely populated urban centre, presented significant technical, financial and commercial challenges. Following an extensive qualifications process, two internationally acclaimed proponent teams were shortlisted.

the solution

The Stewart Group was retained as the Chief Bid Strategist and helped the senior bid management team craft a year-long plan; with careful consideration given to the consortium’s vision and stakeholder priorities. This analysis was built into the consortium’s overall strategy and bid submission.

the result

Following an 18-month procurement process, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario identified our client – Crosslinx Transit Solutions as the preferred proponent to deliver the design-build-finance-maintain (DBFM) contract. With a total contract value of $9.1 billion, Crosslinx Transit Solutions had effectively been awarded the single largest public-private partnership (P3) transit contract in Canadian history.