WINDSOR —The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority today announced the first stage in the procurement process to select a private sector partner for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, is now available for interested parties.
Respondents will be evaluated on their experience and qualifications to deliver and finance large and complex infrastructure projects. Following a evaluation process, respondents will be invited to participate in the second stage of the procurement process expected later this year. The overall procurement process is anticipated to be up to 18 months.
“Today’s announcement represents yet another major milestone for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project and the first stage in bringing our private sector partner on board,” says Mark McQueen, chairman of the WDBA board of directors. “We anticipate international interest in this seminal project given the immense popularity of best-in-class global infrastructure assets, and look forward to seeing what the private sector has to offer.
Following the release of the Request for Qualifications, two introductory project meetings — one in Windsor and one in Detroit — will be held for interested respondents on Aug. 5-6. Both meetings will be followed by Industry Days to provide an opportunity for potential respondents to meet and network with local, regional and national contractors, suppliers and service providers.
The WDBA is committed to a fair, open and transparent procurement process. The RFQ is posted on MERX, the electronic tendering service, at merx.com. Additional information about the WDBA procurement process and how to become part of the Industry Days can be found at wdbridge.com/en/procurement.