As we heard over the last couple of years, Cobourg’s Harbour is in urgent need of repair – that is, the harbour walls and the breakwaters need a whole lot of work. A consultant has done the design work and the estimated cost for Phase one of the work was put in the 2022 budget and tenders issued. Specifically, Phase one was to rehabilitate the walls on the north and east side of the marina basin as well as the fuel dock. However, all 6 bids responding to the tender were well over the amount in the budget – the budget is $5M and the lowest bid was $7M so Staff are recommending that the tender be cancelled and that the Phase one work be broken down into smaller sub-phases. For example, a new tender could get quotes for just the East basin wall – and this would be inside the approved $5M budget.
“Staff can rescope, adjust the phasing, and retender this work to ensure competitive pricing within the 2022 budget. Reconstructing this area would maintain project momentum and have minimal negative impact on the 2023 waterfront season, if any. In addition, staff will begin a prequalification process for future phases of the works to streamline approvals while maintaining quality and competitive pricing.”
“The following table summarizes the 2022 Phase 1 budget, updated Phase 1 cost estimate as of August 2022, and bids received under CO-22-22 rounded to the nearest $10,000 and include corrections for arithmetical errors submitted on bids (listed in alphabetical order).”
|2022 Phase 1 Budget||$4,950,000|
|August 2022 Updated Phase 1 Cost Estimate||$6,630,000|
|East Elgin Concrete Forming||$10,450,000|
|Fidelity Engineering and Construction||$9,820,000|
|Louis W Bray Construction||$11,910,000|
|Seawaves Development Services||$7,090,000|
If Council approves this approach at the September 26 CoW meeting, a new tender can be issued and hopefully work start this winter. (It was originally scheduled for September 2022.) However, it’s clear that we can expect the full project to be considerably more expensive than the original estimates. The original estimates were $5M for phase one, $2.3M for phase 2A (East Breakwater) and $5.5M for Phase 2B (West Breakwater).
The good news is that the large number of bids suggests that “there is high industry interest in the type and scope of work” and new bids for phase 1a should be competitive.
All this work needs to be completed before the start of any of the proposed work on the revitalization of the East Pier – scheduled for 2024 at $3.6M.
This is the second of 4 posts reporting on the Sept 26 CoW meeting – watch for Parts 3 and 4. Part one was “End of Year Staff Reports”.
Previous Reports on Cobourg News Blog
- Harbour Update – 5 March 2022
- Town wants comments on Harbour Repairs – 29 January 2022
- Major Harbour Repairs required 4 December 2020