With 2020 behind us, the outlook for coming years is positive for many infrastructure sectors across British Columbia. B.C.’s port authorities are reporting at par or better in terms of trade volumes; the province is moving forward with a host of capital investments; federal recovery plans are in place, and the B.C. construction industry is busy despite the continuing pressures of a global pandemic.
Also, a surge of smart mobility technologies is emerging along the West Coast and worldwide, which will surely change the landscape of transportation networks in the future and offer efficiencies across supply chains. The balance of economic strength in Western Canada appears to be shifting in B.C.’s favour, at least for infrastructure in the short term, which means an increased volume of projects coming online that require sound technical advice to meet our clients’ strategic objectives.
In this article for Construction Business, Stantec’s Kip Skabar writes about alternate project delivery, as he’s noticed an interesting local trend over the years — more and more projects of various sizes and complexities are moving away from conventional design-bid-build delivery, the historically tried and tested means of implementing infrastructure improvements. Owners are favouring alternative procurement delivery methods for certain types of projects.