DCC building expertise with latest P3 project

Rendering of Shared Services Canada's Enterprise Data Centre located at CFB Borden, Ontario.
Rendering of Shared Services Canada's Enterprise Data Centre located at CFB Borden, Ontario. The expansion of the data centre will help to modernize and standardize federal IT infrastructure. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2016.

With a second procurement for a Public-Private Partnership (P3) under its belt, DCC is building its expertise in this innovative approach to large construction projects.

The award of the $330-million contract for Shared Services Canada’s Enterprise Data Centre at CFB Borden was announced on May 25, 2016. This is the second P3 project DCC has been involved with, following the Long-Term Accommodation Project for Communications Security Establishment Canada.

Getting to contract award for the current project involved a 14-month, fast-track procurement, says Mélanie Pouliot, DCC Technical Specialist, Procurement.

She notes two differences between P3 contracts and the procurements associated with design-bid-build and modified-design-build approaches currently being used to deliver projects. First is the confidential commercial meetings DCC held to ensure each of the three companies bidding on the contract understood the project requirements and could maximize innovation in their proposed solutions.

Second is the financial close—the process through which the financing portion of a project is completed and the contract is signed. DCC and the preferred proponent used a virtual, cloud-based environment to share and review all the necessary documents in real-time, right up to the deadline.

A team of financial and legal advisors helped both parties throughout the negotiations and financial close, Pouliot says. “They were invaluable in ensuring that everyone understood the complex financial and legal language involved.”

The winning consortium will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the data centre for 25 years. Construction of the new facility is expected to start in June, with the first of four phases completed in the fall of 2017.

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