TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario, in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, released a request for proposals (RFP) today inviting three short-listed teams to submit proposals to design, build and finance the development of the section of the West Don Lands that will be home to the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village. 

The Athletes' Village will provide accommodations for athletes and officials during the Games. After the Games, the village area will become a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly riverside community that includes affordable housing as outlined in Waterfront Toronto's Precinct Plan for the West Don Lands. 

Project highlights include design and construction of:

  • a new mixed-use neighbourhood, including market and affordable housing; 
  • an environmentally sustainable community that aims to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification for the design and construction of the new facilities. LEED® standards focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources; and
  • new roads and services, such as hydro, sewer and water infrastructure.

Based on a competitive request for qualifications process that began in October 2010, and following rigorous evaluations, five teams met the qualifications criteria for the project and the three highest scoring teams have been invited to submit proposals for the project. The short-listed teams all include companies with proven experience and capabilities in financing, designing, developing and constructing large and complex projects.  These three short-listed teams are:

Dundee Kilmer Developments Limited

  • Dundee Realty Corporation - Equity Investor, Developer
  • Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited - Equity Investor, Developer
  • EllisDon Corporation - Design Builder, Constructor
  • Ledcor Design Build (Ontario) Inc. - Design Builder, Constructor
  • Brookfield Financial Corp. - Financial Advisor
  • architectsAlliance - Joint Venture Architect
  • Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg - Joint Venture Architect
  • Daoust LeStage Inc. - Urban Design Architect
  • TEN Arquitectos - Design

Legacy Village Partners

  • Lend Lease - Master Development Partner, Equity Provider, Project Lead
  • Concert Properties Ltd - Master Development Partner, Equity Provider, Market Rental Developer/Owner
  • Tridel - Development Partner, Equity Provider of Market Condo Component
  • PCL  - General Contractor
  • Deltera - General Contractor
  • Scotia Capital Inc - Financial Advisor
  • IBI - Design Team Lead
  • Gehl Architects - Urban Quality Consultants
  • Teeple Architects - Student Residence Design
  • Wallman Architects - Affordable Housing Design

Village Infrastructure Partners (VIP)

  • Fengate Capital- Equity Investor
  • The Conservatory Group - Equity Investor, Developer, Constructor
  • The Pemberton Group -  Equity Investor, Developer, Constructor
  • Saddlebrook - Constructor
  • Laing O'Rourke - Design Build coordination
  • National Bank - Financial Advisor
  • TD Securities - Financial Advisor
  • B+H Architects - Lead Architect, Coordinating Architect
  • RegionalArchitects - Design Lead
  • EI Richmond - Design Lead
  • Arquitectonica - Design Lead
  • West 8 - Lead Architect (Landscape)

Once submissions to the RFP are received and evaluated, the successful team is expected be selected and announced in summer 2011. A copy of the RFP will be available on Infrastructure Ontario's website at

The project is proceeding under Infrastructure Ontario's Alternative Financing and Procurement model whereby risks associated with designing, constructing, and financing the facilities are transferred to the private sector.

Infrastructure Ontario, Waterfront Toronto and Ontario Realty Corporation are working with TO2015 to develop the section of West Don Lands that will be home to the Athletes' Village.

Infrastructure Ontario and TO2015 are working with municipalities in the GTA and Golden Horseshoe, universities and provincial agencies to procure and deliver the Athletes' Village and Games venues, such as the Aquatics Centre facility.

Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time and on budget. As well, it is dedicated to providing the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew their infrastructure. 

Ontario Realty Corporation manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada and provides customer-focused real estate services to the Ontario government, including strategic portfolio management, asset management, property and land management and capital projects.  ORC is leading the preparation of the West Don Lands for future redevelopment by conducting the required environmental work and constructing the flood protection landform, sub-surface infrastructure and roads.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto created Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's waterfront. Public accessibility, design excellence, sustainable development, economic development and fiscal sustainability are the key drivers of waterfront revitalization. 


Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"The Athletes' Village project will increase the pace of the West Don Lands revitalization and provide a sizable stimulus to Ontario's economy by directly and indirectly creating and supporting thousands of jobs."

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Toronto 2015 Pan/parapan American Games Athletes' village In the West Don Lands

West Don Lands Revitalization
The West Don Lands is one of the first new communities currently being developed by Waterfront Toronto as part of Toronto's waterfront revitalization. 

The 32 hectare (80 acre) area of former industrial lands is being transformed into a sustainable, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, riverside community. It will feature approximately 6,000 new residential units, ample space for employment and commercial uses, public transit within a five minute walk of homes and businesses, and two child-care centres.

Building an Athletes' Village in the West Don Lands
Infrastructure Ontario, Waterfront Toronto and the Ontario Realty Corporation are working with TO2015 to develop the section of West Don Lands that will be home to the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village.

Locating the Athletes' Village in the West Don Lands will be a unique legacy of the Games and significantly increases the pace of transformation. The Athletes' Village will be built based on Waterfront Toronto's vision for a green, modern and vibrant new community as outlined in the West Don Lands Precinct Plan.  Waterfront Toronto originally planned to complete the West Don Lands community over 10 to 12 years in three phases; now more than half of the West Don Lands will be complete in time for the Games.

The Village will serve as the home-away-from-home for the 10,000 athletes and officials of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games:

  • 8,000 athletes and officials are expected to participate in the Pan American Games, July 10-26, 2015.
  • 2,200 athletes and officials are expected to participate in the Parapan American Games, August 7-14, 2015.

Following the Games, the Athletes' Village will be converted into a range of housing options as defined by the West Don Lands Precinct Plan.

Achieving Sustainability and Design Excellence
The buildings within the Athletes' Village will achieve LEED® Gold certification and the Village development will be efficient in its use of resources.  It will also take advantage of new approaches and technologies to deliver a positive impact on the surrounding air, land and water.  LEED® buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and the efficient use of energy, water and other resources.

Waterfront Toronto formed a design review panel, the first in Toronto, to help ensure that waterfront revitalization projects set new standards for design excellence. The mission of the panel is to provide objective, professional advice to designers, developers and governments to ensure that high-quality design is a critical consideration for all of the development on Toronto's waterfront.  The panel will be engaged in the development of the Athletes' Village project.

Preparing for the Redevelopment Project
Remediation and site preparation work is well underway in the West Don Lands, both in the area that will be home to the Athletes' Village and the surrounding area. Design, construction and planning approvals are also well underway, which will allow the Village to be completed in time for the Games.

Ontario Realty Corporation is constructing a flood protection landform, building sub-surface infrastructure and roads, and preparing the land for future development. The flood protection landform is 90 per cent complete.  Construction of the Bayview Avenue re-alignment has begun and the River Street extension is underway.  Once Bayview Avenue is completed, Ontario Realty Corporation will demolish the existing connecting road at the King/Queen triangle and extend the flood protection landform through that area.

Additional development projects by Waterfront Toronto are also underway, including River City, which is the first private sector development project in the West Don Lands, and Toronto Community Housing's affordable housing development.  Moreover, Underpass Park and Don River Park are under construction and scheduled to open well in advance of the Games. Don River Park, located adjacent to the Village, will become a cornerstone of the West Don Lands community. During the Games, athletes, officials and visitors will be able to enjoy the 7.3-hectare (18 acre) park, which is being built atop the area's flood protection landform.

Zoning Bylaw Amendment and the Plan of Subdivision
The Planning and Approval process for the West Don Lands is well underway to ensure the required approvals and zoning amendments are in place for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village project. Waterfront Toronto received approval for:

  • The Rezoning and Official Plan Amendment for the West Don Lands, Phase 2 from Toronto City Council, at its meeting August 25, 2010. 
  • The Draft Plan of Subdivision approval was secured in December 2010.
  • The Subdivision Registration and execution is anticipated by spring 2011.

SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario

For further information:

Mandy Downes
Infrastructure Ontario
Tari Stork
Waterfront Toronto
Laura Toogood
Ontario Realty Corporation

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