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Request for Qualification - Architectural & Engineering Services
for Centre Block

Solicitation number EP748-151887/C

Publication date

Closing date and time 2015/09/29 14:00 EDT

Last amendment date


    Description
    Trade Agreement: WTO-AGP/NAFTA/Canada FTAs with
    Peru/Colombia/Panama
    Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
    Competitive Procurement Strategy: Best Overall  Proposal
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Nature of Requirements: 
    *** THIS NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROCUREMENT AMENDMENT IS ISSUED TO
    EXTEND THE BID CLOSING DATE FROM SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 AT 2:00PM TO
    SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 AT 2:00PM.***
    
    
    NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROCUREMENT
    
    This procurement consists of a two-phase selection process.
    Phase 1 will consist of a Request for Qualification and Phase 2
    will consist of a Request for Proposal.
    PROJECT IDENTIFICATION:
    Project Number: R.011816.420
    Request for Qualification
    Architectural and Engineering Services - Centre Block
    Rehabilitation Project
    Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
    Purpose:
    Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is
    initiating a process to pre-qualify Respondents for the
    provision of architectural and engineering services for the
    Centre Block Rehabilitation project located at 111 Wellington
    Street, Ottawa, Ontario.
    This Request for Qualification (RFQ) defines the requirements
    for the prequalification of Respondents for this project.
    Interested Respondents are required to respond to this RFQ. The
    top three Respondents considered by PWGSC to best meet the
    prequalification requirements as defined in this document will
    be invited to submit a Proposal for this project during the
    Request for Proposal (RFP) phase of the solicitation.  Canada
    will take all steps necessary to ensure the procurement process
    is open, fair and honest
    The architectural and engineering services are required from
    contract award, expected to be in spring/summer 2016, for
    duration of eight to twelve years depending on the options
    approved for implementation.  Active construction is anticipated
    to start in 2018 once the building has been vacated.
    In order to provide guidance as to the degree of undertaking and
    complexity, the scope of work may include but is not limited to
    the following elements, to the extent possible given the
    building's heritage designation:
    ·	restoration of the building envelope, including selective
    security mitigation measures;
    ·	seismic upgrade;
    ·	excavation of the basement subject to viability and cost
    benefit;
    ·	new mechanical, electrical, and vertical transportation
    systems;
    ·	new information technology, multimedia and security systems;
    ·	parliamentary office suites and broadcast capable committee
    rooms;
    ·	adjustment to allow additional seating to the Senate Chamber
    and the House of Commons Chamber;
    ·	complete fit-up of the building, including special purpose
    space;
    ·	restoration of designated heritage spaces;
    ·	specialized art handling for the removal, storage and return
    of heritage assets and the main collection of the Library of
    Parliament;
    ·	conservation of fixed and moveable heritage assets; and 
    ·	significant conservation of exterior and interior masonry,
    wood, plaster, paint, art glass, fabric and metals.
    Project Background:
    The Centre Block is at the very heart of Canada's political and
    cultural landscape.  It represents the rich history of this
    country, as well as its contemporary hopes and dreams.  As the
    institutional home of Canada's system of parliamentary
    democracy, it embodies the achievements and challenges of a
    bilingual, pluralistic society.  Its setting, within the
    extraordinary landscape of Parliament Hill, reminds us of the
    powerful intersection of history and geography that define
    Canada's identity, and that compel us to consider an ecological
    and sustainable future for this place and for the world. 
    The Centre Block contains many overlapping identities - as a
    place of governance, as a forum for public engagement, as a
    place of pilgrimage, as a setting for national rituals and
    celebrations, as an example of beautifully integrated design and
    craftsmanship, as a monument to Canadian achievements and
    sacrifices, as the focus of a capital city and of a country.
    The Centre Block is the core component within the Parliament
    Hill complex, occupying a central position between the East
    Block, the West Block, the Library of Parliament and the
    emerging Visitor Welcome Centre.  The Gothic Revival style of
    the original mid-19th Century building was specifically chosen
    to allow a rich and complex relationship between the wilderness
    escarpment to the north and the great lawn to the south.  In its
    rebuilding after the disastrous 1916 fire, the exterior style
    was maintained and a new Beaux-Arts interior created to update
    the building and allow an increased public presence.  It
    displays a multitude of stone carvings, including gargoyles,
    grotesques and friezes in keeping with the Victorian High Gothic
    style.  The building is connected with the Peace Tower, built
    between 1919 and 1927, and the Library of Parliament.  It houses
    the Senate and House of Commons Chambers and offices of numerous
    Senators, Members of Parliament and senior administration or
    both legislative houses, as well as many ceremonial spaces such
    as the Hall of Honour, the Memorial Chamber and Confederation
    Hall. 
    Major renovations were first proposed in the 1960's. At that
    time the original mechanical and electrical systems were already
    more than 40 years old. Nothing was done for another nine years
    when a basement fire prompted improvements to the life safety
    systems.  In the mid-1970s, a complete rehabilitation was
    proposed but was postponed; however emergency exiting from the
    Peace Tower was improved.  By 1998, the Centre Block Underground
    Services had been constructed. This facility included
    underground electrical switchgear, transformers, emergency power
    generation and centralized Information Technology facilities as
    well as storage and support space for the House of Commons.  It
    also provided limited improvements to House of Commons material
    handling capability.
    Since 1999, only emergency repairs and regular maintenance have
    been undertaken to allow continued occupancy of the building.
    The last significant rehabilitation was the repair to the Peace
    Tower and south façade, completed in the late 1990s.  Repairs to
    the building such as the courtyard parapets and some of the
    penthouses have been completed and other similar interventions
    are ongoing.
    The Centre Block, including the Peace Tower, requires
    significant rehabilitation in the very near-term as many of its
    major systems and components will be at risk of critical failure
    by 2019, with total failure predicted by 2025.  Due to the
    interdependencies of the Centre Block building systems, it must
    be decommissioned at one time and emptied before any invasive
    work can begin.  A challenging aspect of this project's scope
    will be to integrate the Visitor Welcome Centre (VWC) Complex,
    aligning the Long Term Vision and Plan's direction for a
    connecting concourse spine for pedestrian movement and
    independent but connected material handling facilities.
    Basis of Selection
    1.	To be declared compliant, a Respondent must meet the
    mandatory requirements identified in the RFQ.
    2.	Responses meeting the mandatory requirements identified in
    the RFQ will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    -	Experience and Achievements of Respondent on projects;
    -	Experience and Expertise of Key Individuals;
    -	Capacity of the Respondent;
    -	Internal Governance Structure of the Respondent;
    -	Approach and Methodology; and
    -	Presentation and Case scenario.
    Security Requirement
    This selection process is subject to security requirements. All
    information related to these security requirements are found in
    section 7. SECURITY REQUIREMENTS of the RFQ.
    Enquiries: 
    To ensure the integrity of this RFQ process, all enquiries and
    other communications regarding the RFQ should be directed only
    to the Contracting Authority identified at the email address
    below. Interested Respondents should not contact any other
    employee of Canada or other persons involved in the Project to
    discuss questions regarding the RFQ. Non-compliance with this
    requirement during the prequalification period can, for that
    reason alone, result in disqualification of a Respondent. Canada
    designates the following person as the Contracting Authority:
    Edward El-Zarka
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Acquisitions Branch, Centre Block Rehabilitation Project
    Email: Edward.el-zarka@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca
    Tel.: 819-775-7156
    
    All enquiries should be submitted in writing by e-mail to the
    Contracting Authority no later than fifteen calendar days before
    the RFQ closing date and time in order to be considered by
    Canada.
    To ensure consistency and quality of information provided to
    Respondents, significant enquiries received and their replies
    will be posted on BuyandSell.gc.ca.
    Canada retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any
    procurement.
    RFQ Documents:
    Firms/Entities intending to submit a Response to this RFQ should
    obtain the RFQ documents through the Government Electronic
    Tendering Service at http://Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders or at the
    toll-free number 1-855-886-3030. 
    Amendments, when issued, will be available from the same
    government electronic tendering service.
    Firms/Entities that elect to base their Responses on RFQ
    documents obtained from other sources do so at their own risk
    and will be solely responsible to inform the procurement calling
    authority of their intention to respond to this RFQ.
    Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
    Response Receiving:
    Sealed Responses will be received at: Public Works and
    Government Services Canada, Bid Receiving Unit, Place du
    Portage, Phase III, Main Lobby Core 0A1, 11 Laurier Street,
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 1C9.
    
    For more information on the rehabilitation of the Centre Block,
    please visit
    http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/collineduparlement-parliamenthill/ba
    tir-building/centre-eng.html
    
    Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
    
    The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any
    procurement.
    
    Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

    Contract duration

    Refer to the description above for full details.

    Trade agreements

    • World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO GPA)
    • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)
    • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

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    Contracting organization

    Organization
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Address
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Canada
    Contracting authority
    El-Zarka, Edward
    Phone
    (819) 775-7156 ( )
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    Address
    185 Sparks Street
    185, rue Sparks
    3rd Floor - 313/3ème étage - 313
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0S5

    Buying organization(s)

    Organization
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Address
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Canada
    Bidding details

    Full details regarding this tender opportunity are available in the documents below. Click on the document name to download the file. Contact the contracting officer if you have any questions regarding these documents.

    Tender documents
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    010
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    009
    French
    6
    009
    English
    42
    008
    French
    8
    008
    English
    34
    007
    French
    6
    007
    English
    35
    006
    French
    8
    006
    English
    36
    005
    French
    7
    005
    English
    41
    004
    French
    8
    003
    French
    4
    003
    English
    38
    004
    English
    36
    001
    French
    23
    001
    French
    12
    002
    French
    7
    002
    English
    50
    001
    English
    74
    001
    English
    54
    French
    8
    French
    5
    000
    French
    65
    French
    7
    French
    7
    French
    12
    French
    8
    French
    12
    French
    8
    French
    7
    French
    7
    French
    6
    French
    6
    French
    8
    French
    20
    French
    21
    French
    6
    French
    8
    English
    70
    English
    69
    English
    69
    English
    62
    English
    92
    English
    70
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    71
    000
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    348
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    68
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    58
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    72
    English
    58
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    English
    129
    English
    81
    English
    62
    English
    64

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