Public Works Minister Judy Foote has announced the award of a $322-million P3 contract — to be spread over 25 years — to expand a data centre at Base Borden near Barrie.
The winning bidder, Uptime Infrastructure Partners, a consortium including Forum Equity Partners, Walsh Contractors and Balfour Beatty, will manage the facility that contains digital information such as Canada Pension Plan files on behalf of Shared Services Canada, the government’s central computer services agency.
The project was posted by Defence Construction Canada (DCC).
The government plans for the facility to in operation by the fall of 2017, part of a massive initiative to consolidate the storage of federal government information and software applications currently with hundreds of smaller, aging facilities.
In a news release, Walsh Canada says the Borden Data Centre project is a new multi-phased 120,000 sq. ft data centre that consolidates numerous existing facilities into one to dramatically increase performance and operational efficiencies. Features include five megawatts of IT end-state workload capacity, 50,000 sq. ft. of white space, energy-efficient power distribution and cooling systems aimed at achieving a LEED Silver rating, and compliance with Uptime Institute’s 2012 Tier III Data Centre Site Infrastructure Standard for redundancy.
Construction is expected to start in summer 2016, with the first of four phases of new the facility scheduled for completion in fall 2017.
The acquisition of the Enterprise Data Centre concludes a successful month of May for Walsh Canada which saw it close on another P3 project, the $170 million (construction value only) Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower, combining for almost $300 million in new work for the design-builder.
“What makes these two project wins particularly gratifying is that they comprised two very different clients, consortia team members, and building types while the RFP phases virtually ran in parallel,” said Walsh Canada vice-president Craig Lesurf. “Our success on both projects is a testament to the versatility and capacity of Walsh’s Canadian office, but more importantly it was great consortium partners and team collaboration that led to these wins. Regardless of the composition of our consortia, we hope to continue being the common denominator on other successful P3 bids in the future.”
As for other projects in Walsh’s P3 pipeline for 2016, Walsh is currently part of one of three consortia working on the RFP for the Hamilton Biosolids Management Facility and is also shortlisted on the upcoming RFPs for the Build and Finance Brockville General Hospital Phase 2 Redevelopment and Mount Sinai Hospital Renew Sinai Phase 3A, with numerous other projects being pursued in the RFQ stage.