Ottawa – A new milestone has been reached in the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) expansion and Arts Court redevelopment project, a project that was approved by City Council in November 2013.
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, initiated on November 29, 2013 and which closed on February 7, 2014, has resulted in the selection of three shortlisted Respondent Teams from a collection of submissions received.
“This is an exciting next step forward, working with our community and industry partners, in realizing a longstanding vision for a municipal centre for the visual, performing, literary and media arts,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This cultural destination project will create jobs, attract tourists and assist in the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown. I am also very pleased that it will be financed with no new borrowing or incurring any new debt.”

The purpose of the RFQ was to establish a shortlist of capable and experienced developers and/or consortia with the proven ability to manage and execute the project. This shortlist of three qualified Respondent Teams will be invited to participate in the subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

“The OAG expansion and Arts Court redevelopment will provide a renewed urban arts hub in Ottawa,” said Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor Mathieu Fleury. “The City’s investment in the arts, in addition to the renewal of Rideau Street, the future Rideau LRT Station and the expansion of the Rideau Centre will contribute to both the revitalization and enjoyment of our community by all residents of Ottawa.”

The proposed $34-million capital project at Daly Avenue and Waller Street will include:

 – a new and larger Ottawa Art Gallery

 – a new 250-seat multi-purpose and film screening room within the new OAG space

 – a new 120-seat black box theatre and four classrooms for the University of Ottawa

 – repurposing of space vacated by the OAG and reallocation to the major media arts partners

 – development of a connection between new construction and existing buildings on four floors to establish a truly integrated and functional facility.

RFQ submissions were evaluated on a range of criteria, including the experience and qualifications of Respondent Team members ‑ the developer/investor, the design-builder/constructor and their team of sub-consultants and specialty consultants, in addition to a demonstrated understanding of the City’s project objectives and the ability to deliver them.

The shortlisted Respondent Teams (in alphabetical order) are:

 – EBC Inc. / DevMcGill / Groupe Germain

 – Mizrahi Developments / Bondfield Construction Company Ltd.

 – The District Development Group (Broccolini / Moriyama & Teshima Architects)

With a targeted release of the RFP scheduled for the end of March, the three shortlisted Respondent Teams will have until June 2014 to prepare and submit their final proposals to the City for evaluation. City staff anticipates an announcement of the outcome of the RFP and the successful team in July 2014.