Three general contractors have pre-qualified for the construction of the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility: EllisDon, PCL and Pomerleau.

Submissions by the selected contractors met minimum requirements and all three have proven track records of completing projects of similar size, scope and complexity. Each has demonstrated that they have the capacity, qualifications and experience to manage and oversee construction of the facility.

The request for qualifications evaluation process was overseen by a fairness commissioner, engaged by the City of Ottawa to ensure an open and transparent process.

The City of Ottawa is in the process of issuing a request for tenders for an Early Works package. The three selected contractors will be invited to present proposals for these early works which will include shoring, excavation and site remediation. It is expected this work will commence this fall.

The city will also be releasing the tender for the main project construction to the three pre-qualified general contractors in early 2021, with construction to begin next summer and the doors expected to open in 2024.

Ottawa’s KWC Architects and Toronto-based Diamond-Schmitt Architects are the lead architects on the $192.9-million project, which is expected to be completed in 2024.

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