Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

September 01, 2009 15:30 ET

The Government of Canada Awards Contract for the Construction of a New Federal Building in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister for La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Quebec City region, and Sylvie Boucher, Member of Parliament for Beauport-Limoilou, today announced the next step in constructing a new federal building in Quebec City.

"I am proud to announce that following an open and transparent procurement process, GM Developpement inc., a local Quebec City company, will build a new federal building in Quebec City," said Minister Paradis. "The Government of Canada is working hard to stimulate the Canadian economy and today's announcement is just one more step down that path."

"The new federal building is good news for several reasons, not the least of which being that the new structure will qualify for Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification - ensuring the building's ecological footprint will be reduced while it is being designed and afterwards," added Minister Verner.

"This Government is investing in our communities and Quebec City's Estimauville sector is no exception. The new building will house 742 federal government employees from a dozen departments," said MP Boucher. "With 17,643 rentable square metres, a modern architecture exterior consisting of glass, with stone masonry and plant components on part of the roof and a reduced ecological footprint; this new building will be a big step in revitalizing this sector of the city."

The proposal selected, a 20-year lease, represents the best value for the Crown. When the lease terminates, Public Works and Government Services Canada will automatically become the owner of the eight-storey building free of all charges with no consideration being payable. By qualifying for Gold LEED certification, less energy will be consumed in running the building (electricity, water, heating) and hence operating costs will be reduced.

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BACKGROUNDER

Project Background

In 2006-2007, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) issued a Request for Information to confirm the availability of premises within the perimeter of Quebec City's downtown area and the Estimauville sector. The results of the RFI showed a number of options, thus laying the groundwork for an open and competitive process.

Between January 2008 and November 2008, PWGSC launched two Requests for Qualification and invited companies to qualify by developing and proposing construction concepts. Unfortunately, the proposals received did not meet the mandatory qualification criteria.

In order to maintain an open and transparent process, in March 2009, PWGSC re-launched the Request for Qualification and held a plenary session with the firms that had subsequently submitted proposals. After these proposals were evaluated, only one met all the conditions while providing good value for taxpayers. Each step was reviewed by a fairness monitor.

The Government has entered into a commitment with the developer to occupy the building under a 20-year lease with a purchase option. The developer will draw up the preliminary plans for the building in the next few weeks and carry out the preparatory work and studies. Construction should start in early 2010 so that the developer can meet its contractual obligation to enable government employees to move in gradually by November 2011.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Paradis
    Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante
    Press Secretary
    613-218-6961
    or
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations Unit
    819-956-2315