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The Region of Waterloo rapid transit system will connect the three major urban centres of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Rapid transit, along with the Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy, will shape the community by encouraging re-urbanization in existing urban areas.

Amico’s scope of services as the civil subcontractor consisted of service replacement/relocation and road reconstruction in advance of track bed construction. Amico also self-performed much of the ‘wet services replacement’ portion of the project, and had as many as 48 labourers and operators, with approximately 20 pieces of company-owned equipment, on-site daily in the delivery of the project. Amico’s involvement grew to include design development and the implementation of safety standards utilizing COR principles, that were ultimately required of all subcontractors involved in the project.

Construction was temporarily halted in uptown Waterloo during the spring of 2016 after a section of 100-year-old “corduroy road” was discovered under King Street within Amico’s scope of work. In keeping with requirements of the Ontario Heritage Act, work was immediately stopped, and the appropriate authorities were informed. Archeologists worked for two months to uncover and document the findings. Work was re-sequenced and exemptions for noise bylaw restrictions were requested to allow for longer working hours to compensate for time loss. Despite these impacts, the Amico Construction Team was able to maintain the original construction schedule.

Project Facts

Client GrandLinq/City of Waterloo

Consultant AECOM

Value $12.5M

Delivery Model Design-Build-Finance-Maintain-Operate

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The Right Honourable Herb Gray Parkway

Delivered by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and procured as a public-private partnership (P3) under a DBFMO contract, the $1.4B Parkway was a once-in-a-generation, major infrastructure project located in Windsor, ON. Each year more than 12 million cars, trucks and buses, and nearly $120 billion worth of goods, flow between Canada and the U.S. through the Windsor-Detroit corridor alone, making this location the most economically significant border crossing in North America. The Parkway was designed and built to separate local and international traffic, divert stop-and-go international traffic away from residential areas, and ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods between Canada and the United States.

The project generally consisted of:

  • 7 km, 6-lane below-grade freeway extension of Highway 401;
  • 4 km, 4-lane at-grade service road network; and
  • 300 acres of green space, including 20 km of recreational trails and ecological restoration.

The project also included 12 cut-and-cover tunnels, 15 bridges, two siphon stormwater management structures and several box culverts and drain crossings. The freeway portion of the project is below grade, has no traffic signals and is fully illuminated.

As the major civil subcontractor on the Project, Amico’s scope of work included: Excavation and Grading; Bridge Demolition; Road and Structure Building; Utilities Installation and Relocation; Drainage and Hydrology Engineering; and Landscaping.

Amico regularly employed over 100 workers on the site and at the height of the project as many as 200, with upwards of 100 pieces of equipment on site daily. Upon completion of the project, Amico had performed just under 1.2M man hours.

Project Facts

Client Windsor Essex Mobility Group

Consultant Hatch and Mott MacDonald

Value $1.4B

Delivery Model Major Civil Subcontractor

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The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a Canadian Crown corporation responsible for the delivery of the Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB), the first major international crossing between Canada and the United States to be constructed in over 50 years. Amico was the major civil subcontractor on the Parkway from the early works through completion, and has been the General Contractor for the GHIB Early Works project for the Canadian Point of Entry (POE), since construction began in 2015. Amico has been involved in every stage of this historic project that will separate local and international commuters, eliminate stop-and-go traffic in residential areas, and improve traffic flow at Canada’s premier trade gateway. Once complete, the Canadian POE, at 53 hectares, will be Canada’s largest customs inspection plaza. Amico’s scope of work on the project has included several different components:

Early Works: This portion of the project included the site preparation of the Canadian POE followed by the spreading of one million tonnes of granular fill (30 shiploads) to underlie the eight-lane approach road from grade at the new customs inspection plaza to nine metres.

Hydro One Networks Incorporated Distribution (HONI DX): The project scope included the installation of a 27 kV concrete encased duct bank for HONI in order to relocate current overhead HONI Distribution lines. Approximately 1.2 km of duct bank and 22 Composite Hydro Poles were installed to provide power for HONI consumers.

HONI Transmission (HONI TX): Amico completed the grouting of the existing HDPE pipe; Install a new concrete duct bank v/w PVC conduits; and pull 230 kV cables approximately 550 M – four circuits, three phase, fiber optic lines and associated terminations.

Transport Canada Site 15/16 (TC 15/16) Soil Remediation: The TC 15/16 plot is approximately 207,000 m2 and consisted of contaminated soil (high levels of arsenic and other chemicals), compacted granular, woody vegetation and miscellaneous concrete and structures. Excavations between 2 – 2.5 m were required to remove contaminated material, and some areas required excavations as deep as 5m to ensure that all contaminated material is removed.

Project Facts

Client Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Consultant Stantec

Value $140M

Delivery Model General Contractor

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Dundas Place Infrastructure Redevelopment

Dundas Place is the first of ten transformational projects in the city’s Our Move Forward: London’s Downtown Plan initiative. Once complete, Dundas Place will be a flexible street between Ridout and Wellington streets that allows pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to effectively share the same space while offering the opportunity to serve different programmed functions throughout the year. The goal is to create a hot spot for culture, arts and entertainment on that portion of Dundas, which will swap between a pedestrian-only area and a street with regular vehicle traffic.

Amico’s scope of work includes: excavation; infrastructure renewal (including extensive third party utility upgrades); road and sidewalk building (interlocking concrete, urban design, and landscaping); and the creation of Dundas Place features along the four blocks from Ridout Street to Wellington Street.

The project requires the closure of the street to motor vehicles however, pedestrian access must always be maintained. In order to keep the work flowing, the businesses open, and the pedestrians moving, Amico has, through clear lines of communication and project management, been able to successfully keep the site accessible despite severely limited space. Depending on the work, sidewalk conditions and access points have often changed significantly between the morning and the afternoon, which could potentially cause confusion for pedestrians. As is required, the Amico Project Team have updated signage and pedestrian navigation maps, but our Field Ambassadors have been more than happy to help pedestrians reach their destination, in a safe and timely manner.

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Project Facts

Client City of London

Consultant Dillon Consulting Ltd.

Value $26.7M

Delivery Model General Contractor

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The Welcome Centre features wall to wall curved glass walls, and a complete open concept despite having five departments in the same building. Amico was the design-builder and site works contractor for the new construction of the 18,000 SF, two-storey Welcome Centre – an iconic gateway building that is now the front door and ‘address’ for the University of Windsor.

The project required the management of a diverse group of stakeholder interests, including University officials, consultants, students, the City of Windsor, utilities agencies, and adjacent businesses. The collaborative approach developed between Amico and the design consultants resulted in the design finishing ahead of schedule, which enabled an early start for key sub-trades. This early start, combined with regular coordination meetings that were held throughout all phases of the project assisted in the early identification and timely resolution of project challenges that were agreeable to all parties. The project was able to be turned over to the University one month ahead of schedule which helped minimize construction impacts on students and adjacent businesses.

Amico’s integrated approach and commitment to the Welcome Centre project enabled us to stretch the limits of design, while still remaining within the clients intended budget. I believe we would have been hard pressed to find similar value in other construction companies. Amico’s open-book approach and collaboration with both the design consultants and the key sub-trades truly enabled results during value engineering.” – Siamak Hariri, Founding Partner Hariri Pontarini Architects

Project Facts

Client The University of Windsor

Consultant Hariri Pontarini Architects

Value $6.8M

Delivery Model Design-Build

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Located on the west side of the revitalized Owen Sound harbour front, this 80,000 SF, 3-storey integrated medical office building was developed and constructed by Amico. Built to consolidate the health team’s services under one roof, the Family Health Team is now home to 20 Physicians, five Nurse Practitioners, and dozens of Allied Healthcare Professionals and Administrators, and can accommodate traffic of over 1,000 patients a day.

The three acre site was home to a former rail yard maintenance facility and roundhouse, therefore an extensive environmental clean-up was completed by Amico Infrastructures in order to prepare the site for construction. Through integrated site coordination, Amico’s building team was able to commence construction of the structure three months into the six month soil remediation project. This reduced the project construction schedule by three months.

The redevelopment of the area around the Owen Sound Harbour has greatly increased the assessed value of the surrounding properties. It has also raised the overall profile of the greater community, through sustainability, inclusiveness, preservation and beauty. The property on which the Owen Sound Family Health Team was constructed was in the heart of the Community Improvement Area and has since served as a catalyst for other developments in the area.

Project Facts

Client The City of Owen Sound

Consultant Architecttura Inc. Architects

Value $20M

Delivery Model Construction Management

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