Four companies get Massey Bridge gigs

BC Liberal donors among winners of $61 million contract spree

Remember those four big Massey Bridge contracts that were up for grabs, just a week-and-a-half after Premier Christy Clark announced the project?

On Dec. 20, just five days shy of Christmas, four companies were announced for the long-term contracts, which could last until 2024. Together, the four deals are worth $61 million, which is a sliver of the total $3 billion estimated project.

When the government quietly released the list of winning bidders, it didn’t include the rest of the shortlists. I have them here:

Owner’s Engineer:

MMM Group Limited (winning bidder: $24 million); Delcan Corporation; Hatch Mott MacDonald Ltd.; McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

MMM’s experience includes program management, technical assistance and engineering management on the Canada Line, structure/highway/drainage/utilities design on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, and independent certification on the Golden Ears Bridge.

Public Accounts for the year-ended March 31, 2013 show $1,783,892 in payments to MMM Group.

Elections BC records show that from 2008 to 2013, MMM donated $28,450 to the BC Liberals.

Technical Advisor:

Sun Coast Consulting Ltd. (winning bidder: $22 million); Collings Johnston Inc.

Sun Coast provided engineering consulting management and technical advisory services for the South Fraser Perimeter Road, from planning to preliminary design.

Sun Coast was paid $1,395,351, according to the 2012-13 public accounts.

There were no political donations listed for Sun Coast or its owner, A. Neil Valsangkar, in the Elections BC database.

Environmental Advisor:

Hemmera EnviroChem Inc. (winning bidder: $9 million); Hatch Ltd.; Hatfield Consulting Partnership; PHH ARC Environmental Ltd.

Hemmera clients have included Port Metro Vancouver, Environment Canada, BC Hydro, and B.C. Ministry of Transportation, for which it worked on the B.C. Gateway Program.

Hemmera was paid $2,310,631 through March 31, 2013. Hemmera’s Paul Hemsley donated eight times to the BC Liberals, totalling $4,348 between 2005 and 2010.

Community Relations:

Lucent Strategies Inc. (winning bidder: $6 million); Kirk & Co Consulting Ltd.; Pink Umbrella Consulting.

Lucent’s roster of past and present clients includes: TransCanada Highway HOV Project, TransLink, South Fraser Perimeter Road, Port Metro Vancouver, Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project, Lions Gate Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

The company’s president Pam Ryan donated $1,400 to the BC Liberals on June 6, 2011.


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