Request for Proposal- Architectural & Engineering Services for Centre Block

Solicitation number EP748-151887/E

Publication date

Closing date and time 2016/10/18 14:00 EDT

    Trade Agreement: WTO-AGP/NAFTA/Canada FTAs with Peru/Colombia/Panama
    Tendering Procedures: Suppliers on permanent list or able to meet qualification requirements
    Competitive Procurement Strategy: 
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Nature of Requirements: 
    This notice of proposed procurement is to inform suppliers that Public Works and Government Services Canada is proceeding with the second phase of a two-phase selection process. Phase 1 consisted of a Request for Qualification, which resulted in the selection of the three highest-ranked Proponents as identified in EP748-151887/D. Phase 2 will consist of a Request for Proposal and will only be open to the three pre-qualified Proponents. Phase 2 will consist of a Requestfor Proposal.
    Project Number: R.011816.420
    Request for Proposal
    Architectural and Engineering Services - Centre Block Rehabilitation Project
    Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
    Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is completing a process to select a successful Proponent for the provision of architectural and engineering services for the Centre Block Rehabilitation project located at 111 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario.
    A Request for Qualification (RFQ) was initiated and defined the requirements for the prequalification of Respondents for this project. Only the three Proponents identified in EP748-151887/D are invited to submit a Proposal for this project as part of the Requestfor Proposal (RFP) phase of the solicitation.  Canada will take all steps necessary to ensure the procurement process is open, fair and honest.
    Only the fowling three Proponents are invited to participate in this RFP process:
    1. CBAE Inc.
    2. Centrus
    3. Semper Paratus Group
    The architectural and engineering services are required from contract award, expected to be in winter 2017, 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 ofbeautifully 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 betweenthe 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.  Ithouses 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 CBUS 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 thebuilding 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 workcan 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.
    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)

    Partner with another business

    The functionality to add your company name to the list of interested businesses is temporarily unavailable.

    This list does not replace or affect the tendering procedures for this procurement process. Businesses are still required to respond to bid solicitations, and to compete based on the set criteria. For more information please read the Terms of use.

    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Contracting authority
    El-Zarka, Edward
    (819) 775-7156 ( )
    185 Sparks Street, 3rd floor
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0S5

    Buying organization(s)

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

    Details for this tender opportunity are provided in the Description tab.

    Please contact the contracting officer to get the full solicitation documentation, access information on how to bid, or if you have any questions regarding this tender opportunity.

    Note that there may be fees to access the documents or bid. These should be outlined in the Description tab.

    We recommend that you contact the contracting officer as soon as possible, as there may be deadlines for receiving questions.

    Eligibility and terms and conditions

    Government of Canada tender and awards notices, solicitation documents, and other attachments are fully accessible and available free of charge and without having to register on CanadaBuys.

    Information may be available on another source prior to being available on CanadaBuys. You may have received this information through a third-party distributor. The Government of Canada is not responsible for any tender notices and/or related documents and attachments not accessed directly from

    Government of Canada tender or award notices carry an OpenGovernment License - Canada that governs its use. Related solicitation documents and/or tender attachments are copyright protected. Please refer to our terms and conditions page for more information.

    Summary information

    Notice type
    Request for Proposal
    English, French
    Region(s) of delivery
    National Capital Region (NCR)
    Procurement method
    Competitive – Selective Tendering
    Commodity - GSIN
    Click the links below to see a list of notices associated with the GSIN codes.

    Support for small and medium businesses

    If you have questions about this tender opportunity, please contact the contracting officer, whose information is found in the Contact information tab. 

    Refer to our Support page if you need help or have questions about the government procurement process, including how to bid or how to register in SAP Ariba. You can also contact Procurement Assistance Canada, which has offices across Canada.


    Date modified: