Infrastructure - AUGUST 13, 2019

C$1.536b contract awarded for government building project in Canada

by Kali Persall

Fengate PCL Progress Partners (FP3) has secured a C$1.536 billion ($1.157 billion) contract for the Macdonald Block Reconstruction Project in Canada, InfraPPP reported Aug. 13.

The complex serves as the administrative hub of Ontario government operations and has a total gross building area of approximately 1.7 million square feet, according to the project’s website. It consists of five buildings in total, including four office towers which range from 10 to 24 stories, connected by a two-story podium with two floors of underground parking.

Infrastructure Ontario (IO)) and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) awarded the contract to FP3 on Aug. 9, following a fair, open and competitive procurement process that started in August 2017. Under the contract, FP3 will design, build and finance the reconstruction of the complex under a public-private partnership model. The company also will be expected to maintain the complex for 30 years, including lifecycle repair and renewal.

The project will involve updating and replacing core building systems, such as electrical, water, cooling and heating, which have reached the end of their useful lifespan. It also will update office accommodations to meet modern accessibility standards and scale each building back to its original core, to be rebuilt using modern technologies, systems and materials. Upon completion, the complex will accommodate more employees.

The project will be the first in the building’s history, as it has never undergone a major renovation since it was constructed in 1971.

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