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.
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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.