City of Ottawa prequalifies three GCs for $138 million Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility

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Ottawa Construction News staff writer

Three general contractors have pre-qualified for the construction of the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility.

EllisDon, PCL and Pomerleau will now compete for the work on the project with an estimated cost of $138 million or more.  They responded to an invitation to prequalify on MERX with a July 9 deadline.

The City of Ottawa says in a statement that the request for qualifications evaluation process was overseen by a fairness commissioner, engaged by the city to “ensure an open and transparent process.”

“Submissions by the selected contractors all met minimum requirements and all three have proven track records of completing projects of similar size, scope and complexity,” the statement said. “Each has demonstrated that they have the capacity, qualifications and experience to manage and oversee construction of the facility.”

The city has issued a request for tenders for an Early Works package. The three selected contractors will be invited to present proposals for these early works which will include shoring, excavation and site remediation. It is expected this work will commence this fall.

The city will be releasing the tender for the main project construction to the three pre-qualified general contractors in early 2021, with construction to begin next summer.

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