The city wants to pre-qualify firms that it can then draw from for work as needed during the construction process, according to a posting on the online contracting site Merx last Friday.
The public posting does not make clear what work it specifically needs done.
It instead points to the city’s final vision for the project, which consists of office, residential and commercial space. The plan also calls for Frank Clair stadium to be renovated to make way for a new Canadian Football League team in 2014.
The city partnered with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group – formed by a number of prominent local businessmen such as Minto CEO Roger Greenberg – on the project a number of years ago.
The development passed its final hurdle earlier this year when Canada’s top court decided not to hear an appeal from a local citizen who felt the city’s agreement with OSEG broke the law.
The request for construction pre-qualifications closes on March 4.