Preferred bidder selected for the Humber College Learning Resource Commons project

TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Humber College and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) have selected PCL Constructors Canada Inc. as the preferred bidder to design, build, and finance Humber College's new Learning Resource Commons.

Located at Humber's North Campus in Etobicoke, the new Learning Resource Commons will be an academic support and student services facility and will become the new main entrance to the campus. Highlights of the facility include:

  • accommodation for more than 2,200 students
  • group and independent study spaces
  • a new library, including a centralized hub for student services
  • a student gallery and showcase space
  • more space for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and college administration

The project is intended to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

The selection of PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (PCL) is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process that began in July 2012. Throughout its submission, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. consistently demonstrated a clear understanding of designing and constructing a postsecondary education facility. Key members of the PCL team include PCL Constructors Canada Inc (developer and construction), B+H Architects, TD Securities and Debt Capital Markets.

Infrastructure Ontario will now begin negotiating contract details with PCL Constructors Canada Inc. and expects to reach commercial and financial close in spring 2013. The project cost will be announced publicly following the completion of negotiations, with construction expected to begin shortly thereafter. Infrastructure Ontario, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Humber College are all working together to procure and deliver the project.

Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large, complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on budget. Over the last six years, the province has applied Infrastructure Ontario's alternative financing and procurement model to 83 major projects valued at approximately $38 billion, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with financing to renew public infrastructure and leverages its private-sector expertise to manage major commercial transactions on behalf of the province.

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The Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure
"The Learning Resource Commons at Humber College is an example of our government's strategic investment in educational infrastructure. Projects like this will ensure life-long learning opportunities for Ontarians and allow us to maintain our highly competitive, educated workforce."

The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
"The new and innovative learning spaces created at the Learning Resource Commons will help Humber -- and Ontario -- meet the demand for postsecondary education in the coming years.  New projects like this are helping us build the highly skilled and educated workforce needed for the future."

Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP, Etobicoke North
"New, expanded facilities for Humber College are one step closer with today's announcement. I am so excited about the opportunities this project will provide for students, faculty and staff.  It will also create jobs and boost economic development here in Etobicoke North."

Chris Whitaker, President, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
"While each of the shortlisted bidders presented excellent design proposals, PCL Constructors Canada Inc., really understood our vision for the Learning Resource Commons. Their plan for the new building will help Humber accommodate new students as the demand for programs, resources, study space and enrolment grows at our North Campus. The design promises to meet students' needs."

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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario

For further information:


Melissa Pressacco
Infrastructure Ontario
(416) 326-9368

Andrew Leopold
Humber College
(416) 675-6622 ext. 4296

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