TORONTO, March 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for companies interested in designing, building and financing the Learning Resource Commons at Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning.
The Learning Resource Commons is an academic support and student services facility that will be the new main entrance of Humber College's North Campus in Etobicoke. The new building will help accommodate more than 2,200 new students and feature group and independent study space, an expanded library, enhanced student services and a student gallery and showcase.
The Humber College project will proceed under Infrastructure Ontario's Alternative Financing and Procurement model, which transfers risks associated with designing, constructing and financing the building to the private sector.
RFQ submissions will be reviewed to pre-qualify project teams with the design and construction experience, qualified personnel and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and complexity.
Pre-qualified teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) for the Humber College project, which will be issued in the summer of 2012.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities are working with Humber College to procure and deliver the Learning Resource Commons.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the Province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects, on time and on budget; managing one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada and providing real estate services, such as asset management and property and land management; and providing the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew public infrastructure.
Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP, Etobicoke North
"Affordable, accessible education is a priority for Ontario families. These new facilities will enable more Ontario students to access quality postsecondary education and training."
Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation
"Infrastructure investments such as the one we are making in Humber College will help strengthen Ontario's economy and create jobs. The new Learning Resource Commons will benefit thousands of students and greatly enhance their learning experience."
Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
"Humber College's new Learning Resource Commons will help the college remain in the forefront of postsecondary education in Ontario and ensure that we continue to build a highly skilled and educated workforce."
John Davies, President, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
"Humber is the fastest growing GTA college with the highest applicant demand in the province. The Learning Resource Commons will help accommodate additional students who choose Humber for our career-focused programs and the pathways between our many credentials that allow them to customize their educational path. We are extremely pleased by the Ontario government's significant investment that will help us to continue to provide our students with a high quality educational experience that prepares them their future careers and contributions to the provincial economy."
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