Civil Underground Construction

What is civil underground construction at BC Hydro?

Civil Underground Construction Services at BC Hydro includes end-to-end program work such as excavation of trenches, installation of conduits and concrete vaults, and restoration of the surface to build or repair pathways that serve as mechanical protection for our electrical underground systems.

In order to complete Civil Underground Construction work for BC Hydro, Contractors need to meet certain requirements. These requirements include, but are not limited to;

  • proof of WorkSafeBC registration;
  • proof of COR certification OR proof of COR registration with COR certification occurring within a certain timeframe; and
  • demonstrated experience in civil construction of utility underground infrastructure.

Below is a list of bulletins related to working standards and expectations of BC Hydro and its Civil Underground Construction Contractors:

Bulletin Topic Date
#1 Contract Management [PDF, 62 KB] January 2018
#2 Safety [PDF, 254 KB] January 2018
#3 Quality Assurance [PDF, 40 KB] January 2018
#4 Relationship [PDF, 40 KB] January 2018
#5 Fixed Unit Price Model [PDF, 81 KB] January 2018
#6 Administrative Process [PDF, 40 KB] January 2018

Civil Underground Construction Dedicated Regional Contracts (from RFP 8626)

In 2018, we posted the Civil Underground Construction RFP 8626 to BC Bid. The work in this opportunity included; a list of established fixed and variable units, long term (6 year) contracts, and was segmented by high-volume, high-frequency regions throughout the province. For more information (like regional boundaries, etc.) related to this RFP please visit BC Bid – closed RFP 8626

We thank all the proponents who showed interest and bid on this opportunity. The successful proponents of this opportunity are;

Contractor Region(s)
Forbes Bros operating as FB Bullet
  • Burnaby / Coquitlam
  • North Shore
  • Whistler
  • Fraser Valley East
  • Okanagan
Westgreen Contracting Ltd.
  • Fraser Valley East
Fred Thompson Contractors Ltd.
  • Vancouver
Ralmax Contracting Ltd.
  • South Vancouver Island
Knappett Industries (2006) Ltd.
  • Central Vancouver Island
  • Fort St. John
CMH Underground Utilities Ltd.
  • Prince George
Harrison Industrial Contracting Ltd. 
  • Thompson

BC Hydro Opportunities for civil underground construction Contractors

BC Hydro will be developing a list of pre-qualified Contractors to ensure all other lower-volume, lower-frequency regions across British Columbia are serviced and maintained by capable Civil Contractors – look for details in 2020.

For questions regarding these upcoming civil underground construction opportunities please email