ACA and partners have reached an impasse with Alberta Infrastructure! The industry needs to elevate your concerns about the Government of Alberta’s lack of addressing COVID cost and / or schedule impacts in current projects and future procurements.
The Alberta Trade Contractors Coalition, Alberta Construction Association, and the General Contractors Alliance have co-signed this letter addressed to Finance Minister Toews and cc’d to the Infrastructure Minister and Premier. Finance Minister Toews May 12 2020
We are seeking your assistance in this effort. We are requesting members send their MLA and Premier an email or call if you prefer. (Please cc email@example.com)
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I operate a trade contractor business working in the ___________ sector of the construction industry. I am asking you to assist in:
- Expediting the flow of money out to New Construction Projects. It is imperative that the Government of Alberta keep Albertans working. The procurement processes for New Build Construction must be expedited, streamlined and effective.
Contracts must be fair to all contractors and we recommend the following language be added to tenders and requests for proposals:
If a Covid Event affects the cost and/or time required by Consultants and/or Construction Contractors to perform the scope of their services in an orderly and efficient manner, including cost and schedule impacts associated with, for example, project shutdown, demobilization and remobilization, they shall be entitled to a reasonable adjustment in compensation and/or schedule.
2. That Alberta Infrastructure recognizes the financial burden trade contractors have incurred on current AI projects,
3. That Alberta Infrastructure include contract clauses in future construction project contracts that make provisions for costs that trade contractor may incur from delays or product re-sourcing that result from external Covid-19
To date contractors have incurred:
- The cost of additional construction site safety. (Ensuring construction sites remain open and safe and healthy places of work for all construction workers).
- Delays in productivity (resulting from requirements for worker separation and extended home isolation for sick or potentially sick workers).
- Delays in the deliver of construction materials (Caused by factory shut down, factory slow downs and from an extreme slow down in delivery times due to addition burden on delivery infrastructure).
The cost associated with overcoming these external financial burdens is real.
Your immediate communication of our concerns to Premier Kenney and the Minister of Alberta Infrastructure, the Honourable Prasad Panda would be most appreciated.