City's Coordinated Street Furniture RFP designs available online



    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto has embarked on a number of
Clean and Beautiful City initiatives to improve and elevate the quality of our
public spaces. A key element toward realizing this bold vision was issuing a
"Request for Proposals" (RFP) for a Coordinated Street Furniture Program.
    Proposals have been received from three firms with a range of local and
international experience. Their design renderings will be posted for public
viewing on the City's website at www.toronto.ca/streetfurniture. Display
boards of the designs are also being placed at the City Hall Rotunda and Civic
Centres: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall; North York Civic Centre,
5100 Yonge St.; and Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
    Evaluation of the proposals under the RFP process includes review by an
independent Design Jury, comprised of recognized professionals in their
disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design,
graphic design and the arts. City staff expect to report on the results of the
evaluations, which in addition to design take into account functionality,
financial and qualification aspects, to the Executive Committee on April 30,
2007.
    "This project will support our goal of beautifying Toronto," said Mayor
David Miller. "By coordinating the various elements found on city streets such
as newspaper boxes, transit shelters, waste/recycling bins and benches, we'll
reduce visual clutter and transform the look, feel, functionality and image of
our streetscapes and city."
    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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