IO issues RFQ for Macdonald Block renovation project

Mcdonald block

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance and maintain the Macdonald Block Complex, the provincial government’s administrative hub in Toronto.

The government says the 45-year-old complex “has never undergone a major renovation and its core systems, including electrical, water, cooling and heating, have reached the end of their useful life and must now be replaced.”

The complex at 900 Bay St. includes the Macdonald Block Podium, and the Hearst, Hepburn, Mowat and Ferguson towers. 

IO will evaluate submissions to prequalify project teams with the design and construction experience, as well as the qualified personnel and financial capacity, to deliver a project of this scope and complexity.

Qualified teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals in early 2018. Interested companies must register with to download the RFQ.

IO has contracted with Adamson Associates Architects as the planning, design and compliance (PDC) team for the project to establish the guidelines and performance requirements the successful reconstruction team must meet when preparing their submissions for the project.

Adamson will also monitor construction progress and provide co-ordination and oversight during the reconstruction, commissioning and completion of the project.


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