Engineering and Construction Services provides specialized engineering design and construction services to internal clients (Toronto Water, Transportation Services, Solid Waste Management Services), and external clients (development industry, utility companies and other public agencies) creating safe and sustainable municipal infrastructure.

Budget Notes

To build safe and sustainable infrastructure that enhances the quality of life of the people of Toronto, through professionalism in project planning, engineering and project management services.

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Engineering & Construction Services provides specialized engineering design and construction services to internal clients (Toronto Water, Transportation Services, Solid Waste Management Services, and other City Programs and Agencies), and external clients (the development industry, utility companies and other public agencies) creating safe and sustainable municipal infrastructure.

2018 Budget Summary

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $75.220 million gross and $4.082 million net.

Through previously implemented operational efficiency measures (i.e. reductions in the use of fleet vehicles, etc.) and increased recoveries from Metrolinx for survey services, the Program is able to achieve the budget target of a 0% net increase and maintain 2017 service levels for 2018.

Fast Facts

  • $568 million in capital projects delivered in 2017, $77.0 million more than in 2016.
  • 279 bridge condition inspections completed in 2017.
  • 1,850 engineering reviews of development applications completed in 2017.

Trends

  • In 2017, Engineering & Construction Services (ECS) is projecting to again complete 100% of planned bridge condition inspections, therefore ensuring full compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • ECS is targeting to maintain a 100% completion rate in 2018 and future years for the 2-year bridge condition inspection cycle that requires a consistent level of effort in each year.

Key Service Deliverables for 2018

The 2018 Operating Budget will enable Engineering & Construction Services to continue to:

  • Sustain capital delivery at an estimated 80% year-end actual expenditure as a percentage of Approved Capital Budget.
  • Sustain at least 75% compliance with “Streamlining the Application Review” (STAR) timelines for review of development applications.
  • Start construction on the first contract for the Strategic Rehabilitation of the F.G. Gardiner Expressway, between Jarvis and Cherry Streets.
  • Begin demolition of bridges at the Six Points Interchange and commence reconstruction.
  • Begin construction on the new Ultraviolet Irradiation disinfection system at the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant.
  • Commence construction of the Coxwell Bypass Sewer, which will intercept most of the combined sewer overflows to the Don River and will act as a back up to the existing sewer.
  • Implement the new Professional Services Performance Evaluation tool.
  • Prepare for implementation of Bill 142 – the updated Construction Lien Act – including revising contract documents and streamlining payment processing.
  • Complete all utility reviews for Bell’s multi-year “Smart City” fibre optic implementation program by year end.
  • Advance the mandate to expand the Digital Map Owners Group (DMOG) across the City and develop new agreements with each utility company.
  • Complete Phase 1 of the long-term electronic circulation IT solution for development application review.
  • In collaboration with Toronto Water, establish Development Application protocols to address servicing issues related to groundwater discharges and sanitary sewer capacity in Basement Flooding areas.
  • Draft an Excess Soils Management Implementation Plan for City projects in response to the MOECC’s forthcoming new policy.
  • Provide specialized surveying support to Metrolinx.

Our Key Issues & Priority Actions

  • Managing Multi-Year Construction
    • Continue to enhance planning and coordination of multi-year Capital Program with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Emphasize the need for asset-owning Programs to define and “lock-down” multi-year programs (e.g. 3 years).
    • Ensure multi-year budget approvals to allow for tender issuance and awards for large SOGR projects.
  • Increasing Delivery Capacity
    • Ongoing significant forecasted year-over-year increase in the Capital Program assigned to ECS:
      • Presents a challenge to sustain the 80% capital delivery rate.
      • Represents pressure on the ECS Operating Budget to provide necessary resources.
    • Revisit alternative procurement strategies (e.g. Task Order Contracting) to increase capital throughput.

2018 Operating Budget Highlights

  • The 2018 Operating Budget for Engineering & Construction Services is $75.220 million gross and $4.082 million net representing a 0% change to the 2017 Approved Operating Budget. Primarily due to increased recoveries from Metrolinx for survey services.
  • The 2018 Operating Budget provides new and enhanced funding ($1.677 million gross and $0 net) for:
    • Review / project management for the Lawrence Heights Revitalization Project.
    • Legal expertise for properties related to the F.G. Gardiner Expressway.
    • Specialized support for Metrolinx transit projects.
    • Communication Coordinators for the Basement Flooding Protection Program and the Local Roads Program.
    • Digital communications expertise for projects related to Transportation Services.
  • Staff complement will increase by 11 positions from 2017 to 2018, for new and enhanced services above.