Ottawa Congress Centre Seeks Qualified Partners to Demolish, Design, Build and Finance New Convention Facility

    OTTAWA, Feb. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of the Ottawa Congress Centre
(OCC) issued a formal search this week for qualified partners to demolish the
existing site, and design, build and finance a new convention centre. The OCC
Board will short list three partners responding to their 'Request for
Qualifications' based on their submissions, which are due on March 17, 2008.
    "This marks a major step forward in our redevelopment process for
Canada's new convention centre," said Jim Durrell, Chair of the OCC Board. "It
is our intention through this process to partner with the best in the industry
so that we complete the construction and meet every specification, on time and
within budget. There is no ambiguity around this commitment to our funders and
our community."
    The OCC has several objectives and key success criteria, which the
successful proponents will be expected to achieve. They include: the delivery
of a state-of-the-art Tier II convention centre; the creation of an iconic
solution in a sustainable design and development that is energy and
environmentally efficient; fully meets or exceeds every specification set out
by the OCC Project Management Team; is completed on time and within budget;
provides for innovative revenue sources; and serves as a catalyst in the
revitalization of Ottawa's downtown core and tourism industry.
    The OCC Board and the Project Management Team will review the
submissions, with the announcement of the three short-listed proponents at the
end of March, 2008.
    "The project is moving ahead on schedule which will enable our marketing
team to book meetings and conventions for opening day in April 2011 and for
years to follow," said Patrick Kelly, President of the OCC. "The momentum of
this project, thanks to the tremendous support of the Government of Ontario,
the Government of Canada, the City of Ottawa, and our many stakeholders and
community partners, will see that a world-class convention centre will happen,
finally, in the nation's capital."
    The procurement process involves this week's issuing of a 'Request for
Qualifications', resulting in a short list of three qualified proponents who
will be asked to respond to a 'Request for Proposal' to be issued in April,
2008. The three proposals are required to be submitted in June, 2008. The
recommended partner will be selected the end of July with complete
negotiations and final project agreements to be signed in September.
Demolition of the existing OCC will begin immediately after.

For further information:

For further information: Kathryn Hendrick, (416) 277-6281,;

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