The RFQ Evaluation Process for the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA)

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is committed to a fair public-private partnership (P3) procurement process to select a private-sector partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. A key component of this process is the rigorous evaluation of Request for Qualifications (RFQ) responses.

The approach to the evaluation of the RFQ response submissions was developed by WDBA along with our partners and advisors and based on best practices for P3 projects.

On October 9, 2015, WDBA received six submissions in response to the RFQ posted on MERX on July 20, 2015. Each submission was reviewed for completeness of required information and adherence to mandatory requirements as set out in the RFQ. All six response submissions passed the completeness review.

Evaluation was carried out by public- and private-sector experts. Each submission was evaluated and scored according to six evaluation categories:

  1. Respondent team and approach to partnering, including experience with community benefits plans and engagement with Indigenous Peoples
  2. Design
  3. Construction, including administering sub-contracts and making timely payments to sub-contractors
  4. Operation and maintenance
  5. Tolling
  6. Financial and financing information.

Each category was weighted with submissions scored out of 100 points. Within the categories, respondents were scored for team composition and structure, experience and background, and overall approach.  

In addition, all respondents to the Request for Qualifications were required to comply with a comprehensive Integrity Framework administered by the Government of Canada and the List of Statutorily Debarred Parties administered by the U.S. Department of State.

All six submissions were deemed qualified, and as per the RFQ, the three respondents with the highest ranking submissions have been short listed and invited to proceed to the next stage in the P3 procurement process – the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage.

WDBA has engaged a fairness monitor for the length of the procurement process to act as an objective, third party observer who monitors the procurement process to ensure that it is conducted in a fair, open and transparent manner.

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Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA)

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