Council approves IPD method for wastewater treatment plant

By Jessica Dempsey

January 31, 2018 12:56 PM

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City council has approved the use of an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method in order to facilitate the design and construction of the wastewater treatment facility.
“I think it’s very clear, we have a couple of factors that are not under our control. One was the timeframe, certainly if we had all the time in the world, or five years, we could have gone with the conventional model,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
The city has until Dec. 31, 2020, to have the sewage effluent meet the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency’s regulations.
Environment Canada has also issued a directive indicating the city needs to meet regulatory limits by the same deadline.
“Today we are looking at something that is innovative, it has been used. We are not the first of the kind in Canada or Alberta. So, we are using a model that works. We have seen it demonstrated. Certainly, it’s going to be a little more unique to our city, because the city has not used it and I don’t know how many of our local contractors, subcontractors have used it, or been involved in it,” explained Aalbers.
With this being a new method to be used in the Border City, Aalbers said he was excited for the opportunity to engage the construction community in the area.
“I’ve heard people asking ‘are we going to have the opportunity?’ We truly believe there is many local contractors and subcontractors that are going to be eligible to bid on this and work toward this. When I say bid, step into the table and see if they are prepared,” he said.
Teamwork is probably one of the biggest aspects when it comes to using the IPD method.
“We are going to need to develop trust between the engineer, the project manager, the contractor, the subcontractor and the city. Certainly, I am looking forward to being part of some of those discussions, and encourage people to be involved, be open,” said Aalbers, noting input from people will contribute a lot to the project.
“To have the input from people, so critical. When people in the bottom end that are standing around getting paid say ‘hey I can do this for you or I can do that,’ we can save some money, that’s what it is all about,” he said.
The wastewater treatment facility is estimated to cost $80-million, but the city has not received enough funding from either province or the federal government.
With the IPD method, the players with the project will not only share in the ideas and decisions that are encountered along the length of the project, but they also share in the profits.

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