ACEC-BC Engineering Excellence Awards 2016

ACEC-BC Awards 2016 - CJI - RBRC Partners at Roberts Bank

The 27th annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala highlighted achievement in B.C. engineering. Congratulations to all the winners!

Collings Johnston Inc. received an honourable mention at the event for our “Program Management of the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program – An Unprecedented Collaboration” submission in the soft engineering category.

The Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program was an unprecedented collaboration of 12 funding Partners to deliver 9 overpasses and road improvements along this 70-kilometre rail through 4 municipalities. The Program supported trade, while minimizing train impacts to communities, and improving safety. Partners included industry as well as all levels of government, and all held a financial stake in the success of the Program.

As Program Managers, Collings Johnston Inc. (CJI) oversaw the development and implementation of the Program. This included the organisation and management of the partnership, and the production of the implementation and delivery plans. CJI  managed First Nations, public communications and environmental interests at the Program level to reduce risk, develop strong relationships, and maintain consistent messaging and approach. This successfully facilitated delivery of the $307 million Program infrastructure on time and under budget.

Unprecedented 12-partner B.C. project completed

Collings Johnston is the Program Manager for the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program. For more info on our role, view our Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program page.

Source: Journal of Commerce

Roberts Bank Rail CorridorThe opening of the Mufford Crescent overpass in Langley B.C. marked the end of all nine Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) infrastructure improvement projects.

With an unprecedented 12 public and private-sector funding partners, it proved to be a unique feat of organization and collaboration.

“One of the big challenges up front was getting the project to proceed in a manner that all 12 parties could buy into,” said Robin Johnston, a principal with Collings Johnston.

The company was the technical management company retained by TransLink as the program manager when it started moving forward in 2008. [Read More…]

Mufford overpass moves ahead to reduce congestion

Collings Johnston is the Program Manager for the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program. For more info on our role, view our Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program page.

Source: BC Newsroom

LANGLEY- Construction will soon start on the Mufford/64th Ave at Highway 10 project to improve road safety and reduce the response time of emergency vehicles, while minimizing the impact on agriculture land in the Langley area. The Province has awarded the contract to Lafarge Canada.

The new rail overpass will also accommodate increasing volumes of international freight shipped through Lower Mainland communities, supporting the Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan goal of strengthening our infrastructure to get our goods to market. [Read More…]

Overpass crosses Langley Bypass

Collings Johnston is the Program Manager for the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program. For more info on our role, view our Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program page.

Source: Langley Times

Two heavy lift construction cranes moved steel beams into place across the Langley Bypass Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, bringing the biggest municipal project of its kind one step closer to completion.

Ken Zondervan, design and construction manager for the City of Surrey, was on hand as the first span of the 196 Street overpass was bolted into place with the assistance of a third, smaller truck-mounted crane.

“Today is a bit of a milestone,” Zondervan told The Times.

“This is probably the single largest project that the City of Surrey has undertaken in terms of an engineering project.”
[Read More…]

Overpass Projects Well Underway

Collings Johnston is the Program Manager for the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program. For more info on our role, view our Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program page.

Source: Peace Arch News

Roberts Bank Rail Corridor

It took construction workers building the 196 Street overpass just two hours to install the steel girders that will carry cars and trucks over the busy railway tracks of the Roberts Banks rail corridor.

The span went up Dec. 11.

The installation was “extremely well planned and organized,” said Ken Zondervan, design and construction manager for the city of Surrey.

The next big milestone for the project will take place the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 22, when steel girders are scheduled to go up across the Langley Bypass. [Read More…]

RBRC Program Receives Top 100 Honourable Mention

Collings Johnston is the Program Manager for the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program. For more info on our role, view our Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program page.

Source: ReNew Canada

Roberts Bank Rail Corridor

Roberts Bank Rail Corridor

This busy piece of track connects the west-coast Deltaport, Canada’s busiest container port, and the Westshore Coal Terminal, to the North American railway network. On average, 18 trains pass through daily—a number that is expected to rise to as many as 38 by 2021. With a single track and 66 rail-road crossings, the congestion has reached an untenable point.

While not included in the 2013 Top 100 Projects list because its value was too low ($360 million), it’s an important piece of gateway infrastructure. [Read More…]

Rail corridor program will benefit Langley drivers

Collings Johnston is the Program Manager for the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program. For more info on our role, view our Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program page.

Source: Langley Times

Roberts Bank Rail Corridor

A four-car crash at 196 Street and 64 Avenue on Thursday afternoon served to remind me that, despite some serious shortcomings, the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor program will be a good thing for Langley.

How does this intersection have anything to do with improvements along the rail corridor? As it turns out, it is the most northerly improvement to be made as part of the linear “combo” project, which will see three separate overpasses built over the tracks in Surrey and Langley. At 196 and 64, a traffic light will be installed — which should reduce the number of crashes there. [Read More…]

41B Street Overpass Complete

Collings Johnston is the Program Manager for the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program. For more info on our role, view our Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program page.

Source: BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

TSAWWASSEN – Local commuters, farmers and truckers now have a safer, more reliable route to cross Deltaport Way at 41B St. without being delayed by long trains and truck traffic, thanks to a newly completed overpass.

“Demand for Canadian exports in Asia-Pacific markets continues to grow at a rapid rate, and investments such as these along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor are furthering Canada’s competitive advantages, improving infrastructure in local communities, and creating jobs and prosperity for workers, businesses and families,” said the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. “With the completion of the 41B overpass and, eventually, the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor overall, we are strengthening Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway, while positioning the West Coast as the corridor of choice between Canada and the high-growth Asia-Pacific markets.” [Read More…]