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EllisDon, Bondfield, PCL invited to bid on three 2015 Pan Am games venues

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Infrastructure Ontario announced Friday it has issued a request for proposals to PCL Constructors Canada Inc., EllisDon Corp. and Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. to build three separate venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. The firms were short-listed after a request for qualifications process to build a pool north of Toronto in Markham, renovate an existing pool in Etobicoke in the west end of Toronto and build a field hockey centre at the University of Toronto.

Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games construction

Infrastructure Ontario announced March 16 it has issued a request for proposals to PCL Constructors Canada Inc., EllisDon Corp. and Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. to build three separate venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

The firms were short-listed after a request for qualifications process to build a pool north of Toronto in Markham, renovate an existing pool in Etobicoke in the west end of Toronto and build a field hockey centre in central Toronto. All three projects are in the same RFP. The project will be a build-finance contract, rather than design-build-finance-maintain. Therefore only the construction firms themselves were involved in the RFP, an Infrastructure Ontario spokesperson told DCN Friday.

A 50-metre pool will be constructed about 30 kilometres northeast of downtown Toronto near Kennedy Road and Highway 7 in the old community of Unionville, which is in the Town of Markham. Situated near the Unionville Go Transit commuter train station and Bill Crothers Secondary School, the Markham Pan Am Centre will host water polo and badminton competitions for the 2015 Pan Am Games.

In a separate press release February 16, the Town of Markham stated the 10-lane pool will include 15-metre movable floor and two one-metre movable bulkheads. It will have 1,000 permanent fixed seats and 1,000 temporary seats, touch pads, timers, clock, competitive lane ropes, areas for dry land training and instruction on pool deck.


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The town stated it will also include a field house comprising a triple gymnasium with warm-up hall, plus about 36,000 square feet of flexible gymnasium space for training, competition and community use. Ceiling height will be 17 metres to meet international badminton and volleyball height requirements for clear field of play of 12.5 metres.

The other venues in the Infrastructure Ontario RFP announced Friday are the Etobicoke Olympium and the Field Hockey Centre at the University of Toronto downtown campus.

Etobicoke Olympium is an existing City of Toronto recreation centre with pool and gym on Rathburn Road west of Renforth Drive in the former city of Etobicoke, about six kilometers south of Lester B. Pearson International Airport and 20 kilometres northwest of downtown Toronto. The scope of work includes renovations and improvements so it can be used as a training site for aquatics disciplines including swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming. Renovations of this facility include the existing pool and improvements to the mechanical and electrical systems.


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The third venue will be the two-field Pan Am Field Hockey Centre at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus.


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Construction will begin summer 2012 for the Markham Pan Am Centre. The Etobicoke Olympium and Pan Am Field Hockey Centre will begin construction in 2013.

Infrastructure Ontario is managing procurement for other Pan Am Games venues. Last September, the agency invited three teams to bid on a project comprised of three venues: A velodrome in Milton, soccer stadium in Hamilton and stadium at York University. Each team has developers, architectural firms, construction contractors and financial advisors. Bird Turner Stadium Company includes Populous and Kasian Architecture, Bird Design-Build Construction and Turner Construction Company. Ontario Sports Solutions includes Bouygues Building Canada Inc., Kenaidan Contracting Ltd., Cannon Design, Faulkner Browns Architects and Arup Associates. United Sports includes Laing O’Rourke, Bondfield Construction Company Ltd., ZAS Architects and HKS Architects.

Other Pan Am Games construction projects include:

•The $514-million Athletes’ Village, under construction by Dundee Kilmer Developments on former industrial land west of the Don River and north of Lake Ontario; and

• A complex at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, which is about 20 kilometres northeast of downtown Toronto and 20 kilometres south of the proposed Markham acquatics centre. It will also include an aquatics centre, field house and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO). The bid evaluation is underway. Aquatic Consortium of Toronto 2015 (which includes PCL), Hunt-Urbacon LP and United Toronto (which includes Bondfield) were the consortia invited to bid.

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