The National Capital Commission (NCC) has received five responses in its request for qualifications (RFQ) ‘to imagine the future of the largest and most significant development site in the core of Canada’s Capital,” a NCC news release says.
“We are encouraged that our invitation elicited such strong interest in the LeBreton Flats development,” said Mark Kristmanson, the NCC chief executive officer. “We thank the proponents who have put their talents forward to reimagine this exceptional site. We will now begin the evaluation process.”
The NCC says the five respondents were invited to imagine a world-class destination, a place of inspiration that would demonstrate design excellence and innovation, and be an attractive place for all Canadians, as well as residents of the Capital. “As described in the RFQ document, the submissions will be evaluated for completeness and in accordance with the evaluation criteria outlined in the document,” the NCC news release says.
The evaluation committee will be composed of three NCC executive staff members along with architect A. J. Diamond (Diamond Schmitt Architects) and professional planner and land economist Mark Conway (N. Barry Lyon Consultants).
The solicitation process is intended to prequalify two to five proponents, the NCC says. Once the NCC’s Board of Directors have ratified the prequalified proponents, they will be announced in March 2015. The prequalified proponents will then be invited to participate in the second stage of the process, the request for proposals, which is intended to select a successful proponent for the redevelopment of the site.
The subject site for redevelopment is 9.3 hectares. In addition, the NCC has requested that proponents include a development planning outlook on a larger area, referred to as option lands, consisting of an additional 12.3 hectares.