Feds take first step in GCC refit by giving out $6M in contracts

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The federal government has handed out the first two contracts of several that will be awarded as part of an $190-million renovation of the Government Conference Centre.

The Government Conference Centre at the corner of Rideau Street and Colonel By Drive.

Ottawa’s KWC Architects, in a joint venture with Toronto’s Diamond and Schmitt Architects, have received a $3.6-million contract to act as the “prime consultant” on the project.

They will be responsible for preparing the design, construction tender documents and administering contracts, according to the original request for proposals, posted on the federal government’s BuyandSell.gc.ca website.

Public Works and Government Services Canada has also awarded PCL Constructors Canada Inc. a $2.6 million contract to provide construction management services on the project.

That contract will require PCL to provide “pre-construction advice and minor construction work.”

It will also see the company provide quality control, project administration and coordinate other contractors on the site.

Only five companies were invited to bid on the job. PCL beat out EllisDon Corp., M. Sullivan & Son Ltd., Verreault Inc. and Carrillion Canada, which was in a joint venture with Pomerleau Inc.

This will be the first major renovation at the conference centre since the 1970s.

The former train station is suffering from decay, with the government describing its condition as “critical.” The refit will also see the Conference Centre become the temporary home for the Senate – for up to 10 years – as the Centre Block of Parliament Hill undergoes its own renovation.

Several contracts – including those for a conservation architect, a masonry conservator, a structural engineer with heritage building conservation specialty, a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer, a security specialist and an interior designer – are still to be issued.

See also: Nearly $200M in work up for grabs from Conference Centre upgrades.

Organizations: KWC Architects, Diamond and Schmitt Architects, Public Works and Government Services Canada PCL Constructors Canada Verreault Carrillion Canada Pomerleau

Geographic location: Ottawa, Toronto

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  • Brian Cowper
    March 17, 2014 - 16:26

    $190,000,000.00 PLUS overruns, so let's say a quarter billion dollars. A billion dollars to renovate the West Block to house the Centre Block while its goes under $3,000,000,000.00 of renovation expense . . . Mind Boggling Numbers. Here's my idea: The Senate work at home like so many of the rest of us, they can just go to sleep in their jammies instead of suits. That'll save us in taxpayer funded lunches alone over ten years, a billion dollars! Let the Centre Block bunk up with other half of the government [opposition] and they can become best buddies for ten years and maybe we can get this country back on track. That's gotta be good for 5 Billion dollars of savings.