September - October 2024

GVCA DEPARTMENT - Crystal Ball Report


GIBBONS STREET APARTMENTS    –   Goderich, Ontario.

Prequalification submissions are requested from General Contractors indicating their interest in bidding and qualifications for executing the construction of a new apartment building in Goderich, Ontario.

Description of Project:

Construction of a four-storey, 39-unit, wood-framed apartment building, located on the former Victoria Public School playground in the Town of Goderich. Site work will include provision of new building services from the street, construction of new asphalt parking area with street access, emergency diesel generator, fencing and landscaping. Poured concrete foundation and slab-on-grade ground floor. Pre-engineered wood floor and roof trusses and conventional wood framing for interior and exterior walls, with a combination of manufactured stone masonry veneer, brick veneer and steel cladding. Two passenger elevators, two common rooms with public washrooms, office space for support staff and training kitchen, laundry facilities and service spaces.

Anticipated project schedule:

Bidding period: 25-Sept-2023 to 19-Oct-2023

 Award of contract: Nov-2023

Construction start: Nov-2023

General Contractor Prequalification Submission Requirements:

Submit completed CCDC11-2019 Contractor’s Qualification Statement. Provide current phone numbers and email addresses for references. CCDC11-2019 forms and copyright seals can be obtained from local construction associations. References must indicate that the Contractor is well established locally and include work performed (at least five separate projects) similar to this project; similar work is defined as new multi-residential construction, consisting of 2 or more storeys in building height with 20 or more residential units in the building.

  • Submit letter from Contractor’s Bonding Company declaring the Contractor can provide a Bid Bond, and Performance and Labour and Materials Payment Bonds.
  • Submit letter from Contractor’s Insurance Company verifying Commercial General Liability Limits of not less than $5.0M per occurrence.
  • Submit C.V. of the Site Supervisor to be assigned to this project.



Rockwood Terrace Long-Term Care Redevelopment Project Owen Sound

The County of Grey is an upper tier municipality located in southwestern Ontario, with its administrative offices in Owen Sound. As part of its portfolio of services, the county operates three long-term care homes totaling 316 beds in Owen Sound, Durham and Markdale.

The home in the Town of Durham, Municipality of West Grey, known as Rockwood Terrace, is at the end of its operating license and requires redevelopment. Grey County has approval from the province to proceed with construction of a 128-bed build with a project completion date in 2026.

The new home will be built on a greenfield site that is owned by Grey County, adjacent and directly south of the existing Rockwood Terrace LTC home.

Resident quality of life and ease of operation for staff are central to the home’s design and finishes. The 128 beds are grouped into four Resident Home Areas (RHA) of 32 beds each. Grey County has actively engaged with residents, family members, staff and experts in the field of long-term care to ensure a modern, functional design that supports infection prevention and control as well as social engagement for the residents. The building has also been designed to be net-zero ready in order to be as energy efficient as possible and to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

It is anticipated that the tender package will be provided to the pre-qualified bidders in the Fall of 2023. Contract award is anticipated in January 2024 following Ministry of Long- Term Care (MLTC) approvals. There is a requirement to achieve Substantial Performance prior to March 2026. The Construction Budget for the project is approximately $60 million.

Pre-qualification proposals are requested from interested and capable General Contractors. Up to five (5) General Contractors will be pre-qualified. Only pre-qualified firms will be eligible to bid. The submitted RFPQ will be reviewed, rated and analyzed on the basis of the criteria noted below. The evaluation panel will be comprised of representatives from Colliers Project Leaders, Kaisan, EXP and Grey County.

Respondents must meet all mandatory requirements outlined in section 4.1 – Mandatory Requirements.



Dawes Road Library Demolition & Reconstruction  – Toronto

In preparation for a planned tender for the construction of a new library and community hub as a replacement to the existing Dawes Road branch at 416 Dawes Road in Toronto, Ontario Canada (the “Project”) the Library is undertaking a prequalification process for General Contractors. Only pre-qualified General Contractors qualified through this RFSQ process will be invited to bid on this Project for the Library.

The Project involves the demolition of the existing 6,740 square foot (626 square metre) building and the construction of a new 17,000 square foot (1,580 square metre) library and a 5,000 square foot (465 square metre) community hub. An eight (8) unit condominium above the existing library will also be demolished as part of the Project.

The new building will be three-storey plus basement, providing the community a joint facility housing a library and community hub with enhanced amenities and services.

Currently in the construction document stage, the new facility will include improved, fully accessible public spaces with good sight lines; enhanced customer self-service; new furniture; shelving and equipment which will accommodate the addition of 10,000 items to the collection; collection merchandizing opportunities; and upgraded IT infrastructure to address current and future technological requirements for connectivity. Additionally, zoned areas for teens, children and adults will be created as the library will include an enlarged children’s area; a Discovery Zone – a technological and creative area for children aged 6 – 12; a play and learn STEM kit that contain robotics and circuitry equipment for school age children’s programming; a Digital Innovation Hub; a neighbourhood Tech Kit which provides access to equipment and software for flexible programming; a Youth Hub, which is a welcoming drop-in space for teens with access to homework help and other activities; and additional quiet study space.

Furthermore, this facility will include:

  • Exterior Spaces – a shared outdoor rooftop space for programs and activities, with opportunities for an indigenous garden and sacred fire gathering place;
  • A Main Entrance and Community Square – an indigenous inspired public realm and streetscaping at the shared entrance that can also be used to hold community events, a gathering place, or to promote micro/social enterprise at the community level;
  • Large multipurpose spaces for programming and events for the community; and
  • A roof top indigenous inspired “roundhouse” to hold community meetings or special events.


The new facility, will strive for the highest standards of sustainability that includes achieving a net zero carbon facility, constructability, functionality and value.

The Library requires a qualified General Contractor to construct the new branch designed with elements that meet net zero carbon standards, which include a partial vegetated roof top, increased thermal insulation, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and efficient lighting and mechanical systems. Air tight building construction, controls and the ability to work on a property with minimal setbacks from property lines, are required to deliver a successful project.


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