Next Step Forward For New Data Centre Project



    Short-listed Construction Teams Invited To Bid

    TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - The Ontario Government's New Data Centre project
has reached another key milestone with the release of a request for proposals
(RFP) to design, build, finance and maintain the new facility.
    "Our government is making much-needed improvements to Ontario's
infrastructure at an unprecedented rate," said Minister of Public
Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan. "This project is one of many in the
McGuinty government's $30-billion plus infrastructure investment plan to
modernize public infrastructure while ensuring value for taxpayer dollars."
    "This data centre is a vital part of the McGuinty government's plan to
ensure Ontario's technology systems are robust, reliable and responsive to
current and future needs," said Minister of Government Services Gerry
Phillips.

    
    Three consortia were short-listed through a request for qualifications
(RFQ) issued in February 2007. The following teams have been invited to bid on
the project:

    -   Infusion consisting of: Bilfinger Berger BOT, John Laing
        Infrastructure, RBC Capital Markets, Rybka, EYP Mission Critical
        Facilities, Murphy Hilgers, Black and Macdonald and Aecon Group.

    -   Plenary Group consisting of: Plenary Group, Deutsche Bank, PCL
        Constructors, Modern Niagara, Plan Group, Adamson Associates, Smith
        and Anderson and Johnson Controls.

    -   ITS (Integrated Team Solutions) consisting of: EllisDon Corp.,
        Diamond and Schmitt, Fengate/LPF Infrastructure Fund, Honeywell,
        Lapas Consulting Engineers, Guild Electric, Geo. A. Kelson Company
        Limited and Andronowski & Associates Ltd.
    

    These teams have the construction and facility management experience,
qualified personnel and financial strength to manage a project of this size
and complexity. Once submissions to the RFP are received and reviewed, a
winning team is expected to be selected in spring 2008, with construction
scheduled to begin shortly after.
    "This is exciting news for Guelph and I am pleased to see this project
moving forward so quickly," said MPP for Guelph-Wellington Liz Sandals. "The
high skilled jobs and economic benefit this project will bring to Guelph will
help strengthen our great community."
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with the Ministry of Government Services
to develop the New Data Centre, which will remain publicly owned, publicly
controlled and publicly accountable. Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown
corporation dedicated to managing some of the Province's larger and more
complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time and
on budget.
    This project is guided by principles outlined in the Province's Building
a Better Tomorrow framework, which ensures public ownership of core assets
such as hospitals, schools, and water and wastewater facilities. The Ministry
of Government Services New Data Centre project is one of many infrastructure
projects being upgraded and modernized under ReNew Ontario, the government's
five-year, $30-billion plus public infrastructure investment plan.

    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure and Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Terence Foran, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-2939; Sam Colalillo Communications Branch, Ministry of
Government Services, (416) 327-2812


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