SYSTRA, Kiewit and Hatch to build Third Crossing bridge in Kingston, Ontario

Third Crossing bridge to be the first in North America to use an Integrated Project Delivery model

After a thorough Request for Proposals (RFP) and evaluation phase, the City of Kingston in Ontario, Canada, has selected SYSTRA International Bridge Technologies (SYSTRA), Peter Kiewit Sons ULC (Kiewit) and Hatch Ltd (Hatch) as the preferred proponent for the detailed design and building of the Third Crossing project.

SYSTRA, Kiewit and Hatch were one of three shortlisted proponents to submit a proposal on the bridge project. Seven international teams initially applied for the job when requests for proposals were issued in February 2018.

To deliver this project on time and on budget the City has chosen an Integrated Project Delivery model (IPD). This model is similar to a design-build model with the exception that the City of Kingston, along with the contracted design and construction partners, will work within the defined $180m budget and share the risk and reward to deliver the best possible bridge. The four teams develop shared goals and accept responsibilities as equal partners.

From September 2018 through to December 2019 the new project team will be doing early site preparation, conducting additional environmental and geotechnical investigations to inform the work with Parks Canada, and working through design validation. Construction of the bridge is expected to begin in summer 2019. The project is being jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Kingston.

Once complete, the new 1.2km bridge will extend over the Cataraqui River connecting the east side and west side communities. A new two-lane bridge will improve emergency services response, increase active transportation through a multi-use pedestrian and bike pathway, create business connections on the east and west sides of the river, and enhance the life of residents and visitors of Kingston while meeting the highest engineering standards.

The new project team is looking forward to connecting with residents and hearing ideas about integrating the new bridge into the Kingston community. Communication and engagement programmes will be part of the bridge’s detailed design and construction phases later in 2018 and into 2019. The team has also launched a City of Kingston Get Involved page and encourages residents to ask questions.

Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Infrastructure projects like the Third Crossing bridge in Kingston connect people, support job creation and boost economic development opportunities. This is why the Government of Canada is providing unprecedented funding and support for public infrastructure projects that help grow the middle class and promote the long-term prosperity of communities across the country.”

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure

“Providing funding for the right infrastructure projects at the right time has a positive impact on people and communities across the entire province. Our decision to invest in the Kingston Third Crossing Bridge project will help bring economic benefits, create great paying jobs for our people and make Ontario competitive again.”


Bryan Paterson, Mayor of City of Kingston

“Today is another significant step in moving this project forward. This is the largest infrastructure project our city will undertake for years to come, employing hundreds of people over several years. I am just thrilled and excited to get construction started.”

Mark Van Buren, deputy commissioner and project director

“After a comprehensive and competitive procurement process, we’re happy that SYSTRA, Kiewit and Hatch are joining the Third Crossing project. We started this process with seven exceptional international firms interested in coming to Kingston to work on this job and today we’ve selected the top proponent team. Having this collaborative team will ensure we build the best bridge possible for all residents while helping meet our long-term transportation goals.”

Zachary McGain, Canadian general manager for SYSTRA IBT

“This is an important community project that will make a positive impact on the lives of Kingston residents. As an international company with a strong track record in bridge design, we are proud to be part of the team delivering North America’s first IPD bridge. Together, we will blend technical innovation and aesthetic design to deliver the best value for the City of Kingston.”

Mark Mallett, project director, Kiewit Sons ULC

“We are thrilled to be working with the City of Kingston on this very important community project. We’ve been following the evolution of this project for several years wanting to ultimately be the final team standing here today. We’re excited to be working on the Third Crossing project, the first IPD bridge in North America and ready to get to work.”

Philip Murray, global director, EPC and AFP, Hatch Ltd

“Hatch is delighted to be involved in the largest ever infrastructure undertaking by the City of Kingston. We are looking forward to providing the very best of Hatch for this opportunity and hope to create something truly representative of this community.”


SYSTRA and ARCADIS Awarded Contract for 3rd Metro Line in Greater Toulouse Region


SYSTRA and ARCADIS have been awarded a systems project management assistance (PMA) contract on the third metro line for the Greater Toulouse region by Tisséo Collectivités and Tisséo Ingénierie.
This is a strategically important project for Toulouse and the wider region.

This new line is approximately 27km long and will transport more than 200,000 people per day in both directions, serving a total of 20 stations. It will connect with metro Lines A and B, two tram lines and several Linéo bus lines. It will also improve the connection between Blagnac airport and Matabiau station. The new line will serve an urban population of 1.3 million inhabitants and three main employment centres in the region.

SYSTRA is leading the consortium, which includes ARCADIS. The contract will involve defining all systems for the line, stations and the maintenance and stabling site. This includes rolling stock, automated and non-automated control systems, centralised control systems and platform screen doors, as well as track, power and maintenance equipment.

Jean-Yves Reynaud, SYSTRA’s Commercial Director for France, said: “Following our project management assistance assignment for three lines on the Grand Paris Express, as well as our role automating Line B of Lyon Metro, SYSTRA is once again at the centre of a major automated metro project in France. This new contract for the Line 3 project in Toulouse confirms SYSTRA’s position as the signature team for automated metro systems.”

Lionel Barin, ARCADIS Development Director, added: “Our continued involvement with Tisséo-Collectivités and Tisséo-Ingénierie in emblematic transport projects for the city of Toulouse and recognition of our expertise are reflected in this latest success. Following our project management for the extension of three ‘short’ stations as part of the capacity doubling for Toulouse Metro Line A, ARCADIS experts, who are very close to our clients, will once again benefit from a flagship infrastructure project for a city and its wider region.”

SYSTRA and Tisséo: partners for more than 30 years
SYSTRA has been working with Toulouse’s transportation authorities since 1985. The company was involved in Line A, the first automated metro line in Toulouse, initially as design engineer then as project manager assistant for the civil engineering phases. From 1991, SYSTRA led the project management for the preliminary design and then, from 1998 to June 2007, for the infrastructure on Line B of the automated metro. Between 2016 and 2017, SYSTRA carried out preliminary designs for the 3rd line, for which the teams received the ‘BIM d’Argent’ award in the ‘Infrastructure Project’ category in 2017. Earlier this year, SYSTRA Group’s subsidiary SYSTRA Foncier won a major land acquisition assistance contract for this project.

ARCADIS, a major player in Toulouse since 1972
Since 1972, ARCADIS has been present in the Greater Toulouse region, providing continuity for its local clients. The company has demonstrated its expertise, developing its specialised metro skills locally, through preliminary designs and working with companies on Lines A and B of Toulouse Metro.

More recently, in 2015 ARCADIS was entrusted with project management for the ‘Linéo 3’ bus rapid transit (BRT) and the extension of three ‘short’ stations to double the capacity of Line A of the Toulouse Metro –projects that are ongoing.

ARCADIS is also working on the 3rd line of Toulouse Metro with Tisséo-Collectivités via a framework agreement that has led it to identify certain technical solutions and/or route alternatives, and with Tisséo-Ingénierie via an environment PMC contract to carry out studies and compile regulatory documentation related to this iconic project.

Metro projects in France

For the Grand Paris Express, SYSTRA is also carrying out a systems PMC assignment for Lines 15, 16 and 17, as well as several project management assignments for the Line 15 project. SYSTRA is also project manager for the extensions of Lines 4, 11, 12 and 14 of the Paris Metro, as well as for the extension of Line B of Lyon Metro.

ARCADIS is also involved in the Grand Paris Express, having won a global project management assistance contract as part of the Artémis partnership (comprising Artelia, Arcadis and BG) for lines 15, 16 and 17, as well as an infrastructure PMC assignment for the whole project and the project management for line 18. ARCADIS is also working as project manager on Rennes Metro.

SYSTRA Acquires International Bridge Technologies


Acquisition marks launch of global bridge center of excellence

31 August 2017 – SYSTRA is transforming its global bridge engineering capability with the acquisition of International Bridge Technologies (IBT), a world-renowned bridge design company. Following today’s acquisition, SYSTRA will establish a global bridge center of excellence that will offer clients best-in-class specialist bridge design expertise. By combining with IBT, SYSTRA aims to become one of the top 10 international bridge specialists in the world. This is SYSTRA’s first acquisition in a specific engineering discipline, marking a significant strategic move for the company and enabling it to offer deep technical expertise across the full spectrum of bridge design services.

Joining forces with IBT expands a core capability for SYSTRA, a world leader in transportation and mobility. Bridges are a vital component of transportation infrastructure, facilitating the efficient movement of people and goods. More than 60 percent of bridges globally are part of rail projects*, SYSTRA’s core business. SYSTRA is ranked in the top two mass transit and rail international design firms and, prior to the acquisition of IBT, was placed at number 14 globally in bridge engineering**. The acquisition confirms SYSTRA’s position as a global specialist in bridge engineering, particularly in the field of international design & build projects.

The two companies have complementary technical expertise and their combination offers a broad and specialized service in bridge design. Combining IBT’s renowned expertise in segmental and cable-stayed bridges with SYSTRA’s specialized expertise in suspension bridges, truss and arch bridges, metro and high speed rail bridges and viaducts, amongst others, will enable the Group to provide clients with deep technical knowledge across the full spectrum of bridges.

Combining to create a ‘one-stop-shop’ service for design & build projects

IBT will now be called SYSTRA IBT. Together, SYSTRA and SYSTRA IBT will provide clients with high-end technical expertise in bridge design combined with high-quality production capabilities that can be rapidly mobilized to meet clients’ requirements.

SYSTRA and SYSTRA IBT’s new global bridge center of excellence will offer contractors an expanded, highly differentiated one-stop-shop service for design & build projects, enabling them to be more competitive in terms of cost, time, constructability and delivery.

More than 80 percent of IBT’s projects are design & build. This experience with large design & build projects in an international environment will augment SYSTRA’s existing design & build offering, where 70 percent of its bridge projects have been developed in partnership with contractors. SYSTRA’s bridge projects include Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway in Kuwait, one of the largest maritime causeways in the world, and Chacao Suspension Bridge in Chile, which will be the longest suspension bridge in South America and a world record for two-span suspension bridges.

Pierre Verzat, CEO, SYSTRA, said: “We are delighted to welcome IBT’s talented team of bridge engineering specialists to the Group and we are committed to preserving, nurturing and developing this technical discipline. By combining the complementary bridge engineering expertise of both companies through our new global bridge center of excellence, we will offer clients the full range of services in this field. SYSTRA and IBT value technical excellence, innovation and quality and share an unwavering commitment to safety and ethics.”

Jean-Charles Vollery, Senior Vice President, SYSTRA, who leads the company’s design & build offering, added: “Clients will benefit from an expanded range of specialist skills, delivered by world-renowned bridge engineering experts. Our ability to offer high-end technical expertise with high-quality production cements our capabilities in design & build, particularly in multidisciplinary and international environments. Our mission is to deliver world-class expertise and technical excellence that achieves project success for our clients.”

Dan Tassin, Senior Technical Officer, SYSTRA IBT, said: “Joining SYSTRA will reinforce our capabilities in bridge engineering and our ability to deliver services for large projects. We have been impressed by SYSTRA’s accomplishments in the field of rail transportation as well as complex bridge design. A number of senior engineers for both companies have worked in the past under the leadership of Jean Muller and, as a result, we share the same design values.”

Mike Smart, CEO, SYSTRA IBT, added: “Having long respected SYSTRA as a leading competitor in the global bridge engineering market, we are thrilled to join forces. Stronger together, this team will deliver exceptional expertise to clients seeking success on bridge projects with lasting functional and visual value.”

Expanded global bridge engineering footprint

Through acquiring IBT, SYSTRA will double its geographic footprint in bridge design, increasing its proximity to clients by providing them with a bespoke blend of global and local knowledge through its new global bridge center of excellence. SYSTRA will gain bridge design centers in the US, Canada and Dubai, complementing the company’s existing bridge design centers in France, Korea and India.

The combined company is well positioned to enter new markets and geographies with its broad, expanded range of specialist technical expertise in the field of bridges.

SYSTRA has been present in North America for 30 years through its subsidiaries SYSTRA Consulting and CANARAIL. This acquisition bolsters SYSTRA’s investment in North America, a major international market for the company. By joining forces with IBT, the SYSTRA Group will be able to extend its presence in the region and offer an expanded range of services to North American contractors and clients.

SYSTRA Appoints Stanley Rosenblum as Chief Operating Officer

SYSTRA, a global leader in mass transit and rail infrastructure engineering, is proud to announce the appointment of Stanley Rosenblum as chief operating officer.

Mr. Rosenblum will lead SYSTRA’s long-term strategy development and initiatives, help direct the company’s operations, and promote its vision. Working with the firm’s talented professionals, Mr. Rosenblum will help SYSTRA seize future opportunities.

“SYSTRA is a good firm, with talented professionals and a huge growth potential,” said Rosenblum. “I am looking forward to supporting our strategy development and execution, and realizing this potential as we move forward with our strategic initiatives.”

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Rosenblum spent the last 14 years with Jacobs Engineering, and at NJ Transit and NJDOT previously.