Wednesday, February 28, 2024
  • Keith Walking Floor - Leaderboard - Sept 2021
  • Premier Leaderboard - updated Nov 19
  • Procore - Leaderboard - Jan 2022
  • Dentec - Leaderboard - 2023 - Updated
  • Apprenticeship Leaderboard - October 2023
  • IAPMO R&T Lab - Leaderboard
  • Revizto - Leaderboard 1 - Dec to Feb
September 3, 2018

Construction contractors question government contract with N.W.T. firm to build Whitehorse school

 

Some Yukon contractors are asking why the territorial government awarded a contract worth nearly a million dollars to an N.W.T. company in a non-competitive process.

The contract is for services related to construction of the new Francophone high school and community centre in Whitehorse — specifically, to act as the “owner’s representative,” to oversee the design and construction of the building.

The contract for those services had originally been awarded through a public competitive bid to Kobayashi and Zedda Architects (KZA) of Whitehorse. The firm had bid a price of $198,606 for the work.

KZA co-owner Tony Zedda told CBC News that the government then changed the scope of work, prompting KZA and the government to negotiate a new price. However, Zedda says both parties ultimately agreed to end the contract.

Never miss important industry news again – Click here to sign-up and receive the Weekly Round Up in your inbox every Saturday

Then in April, the Yukon government hired Taylor Architecture Group of Yellowknife to do the work for $904,086 through a standing offer agreement — not a competitive bidding process.

“Not sure what happened there. I had thought that the limit for sole-sourcing under a standing offer agreement was in the range of $250,000,” Zedda said. 

“So when we heard all of this information, we were a bit shocked by, a.) the amount, and b.) by the process by which that consultant was retained.”

Zedda also wonders why the work went to an N.W.T. company instead of a Yukon firm.

“I’m not sure who thought that there weren’t capable local design firms and engineering firms that probably would have loved to have the opportunity to bid on that work as well,” he said.

The Yukon Contractors’ Association — of which KZA is not a member — says it received a complaint from a member of the association. The complaint was about the contract and the fact that it was sole-sourced to a non-Yukon firm.

Keep reading on CBC News

 


Watch our video and learn more about the benefits of joining Construction Links Network – the peer-to-peer network sharing platform for the construction, building and design community.

Press Releases | Project Updates | New Appointments | Awards & Milestones | Company News | New Products/Services | Brochures | Videos | Infographics | Blog Sharing | Events and More