Hatch wins the TAC Infrastructure Achievement Award for the Kingston Third Crossing (Waaban Crossing) project
Hatch is proud to announce that it has won the Transportation Association of Canada's (TAC) Infrastructure Achievement Award for its work on the (Waaban Crossing) Kingston Third Crossing project. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in transportation infrastructure planning, design, and construction.
The Kingston Third Crossing, also known as the Waaban Crossing, is a new bridge over the Cataraqui River in the city of Kingston, Ontario. The bridge was designed to provide a connection between communities on the east and west sides of the river, improve emergency response times, accommodate future growth of the city, promote active and public transportation alternatives, and be respectful of the crossing's location within the river.
The adoption of an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) contract model was a significant feature of the Kingston Third Crossing project, marking it as the first bridge construction project in Canada to implement this novel approach. The IPD partners, including the City of Kingston as the owner, Hatch and SYSTRA-IBT as designers, Kiewit for construction, and trade partners Bauer Foundations Canada and Walters Group (steelwork), were seamlessly integrated right from the inception of the design process. This enabled them to establish common objectives and maintain a collective responsibility for delivering a high-quality project within the allocated budget and timeline.
The collaborative approach taken in the IPD agreement allowed the project team to optimize the bridge design and navigate the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and rising steel prices. To keep the project within budget, several design modifications were implemented, including simplified bridge piers, a revised main span layout with environmental benefits, and a switch from steel to concrete girders on the approach spans. These design changes resulted in a significant cost savings of around $12 million for the project.
Through close collaboration with Federal and Provincial regulators, Indigenous communities, and surrounding residential groups, the project was able to respect the heritage site of the Rideau Canal while also creating new opportunities for growth within Kingston. Moreover, the project supported local economic development by awarding over $22 million in contracts for goods and services to local businesses and creating over 160,000 direct hours of local employment.
"We are honored to receive the Infrastructure Achievement Award from the Transportation Association of Canada for our work on the Kingston Third Crossing project," said Biljana Rajlic, Global Director, Highways & Bridges at Hatch and Project Manager. "This project exemplifies Hatch's commitment to innovation, sustainability, and collaboration in delivering complex infrastructure projects. We are proud to have played a key role in this landmark project that will provide significant benefits to the Kingston community for years to come."
The award will be presented at the TAC's Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will take place from September 25-28, 2023 in Victoria, British Columbia.
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