Tenders open for Experimental Farm infrastructure upgrades

Elizabeth Howell
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Contractors in the construction, demolition and sewer businesses have millions of dollars of contracts to bid on at the Central Experimental Farm.

Building 20 at the Central Experimental Farm.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada currently lists four tenders on Merx, a procurement site commonly used by the federal government, for various infrastructure upgrades and a building tear-down on the 450-hectare site.

The tenders include:

- Constructing three new boiler plants in Buildings 20, 21 and 22. Bids will be determined through competitive tender. The budget is listed as more than $5 million, but the top of the range was not disclosed. An optional site visit is available on Jan. 11, and bids close Jan. 25. The winning proponent must complete work 20 months after receiving the contract.

- More than three kilometres of upgrades to private watermain and sewer systems, with competitive bids expected to range between $1 million and $5 million. Bids are due Jan. 17, and work must be completed about eight months after the contract is awarded.

- Replacing a cooling tower in Building 22 for a budget ranging between $100,000 and $500,000. The work must begin a week after the contract award, finishing by March 31. Bids close Jan. 12.

- Demolishing Building 94, which is a part of the Canada Agriculture Museum. No budget or timeline was publicly released for the tender. Bids close Jan. 12.

The contractors require security clearance and insurance, which varies by opportunity.

Canada's Historic Places lists the Central Experimental Farm as a historical site partly due to the age of the 125-year-old facility, which is located in an urban location – a rarity for facilities of that type.

Scientific research the farm has performed ranges from creating hardy wheat strains to improving livestock health.

Organizations: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada Agriculture Museum

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