International design competition for Parliamentary Precinct Block 2 launches

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has launched the Parliamentary Precinct Block 2 International Design Competition. The RFQ, posted just before Christmas, initiates a process to pre-qualify Respondents for a two-stage design competition related to the redevelopment of Block 2 in Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct.

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The RAIC is endorsing this procedure and providing Professional Advisors and competition management advisory services to PSPC. The RAIC will oversee the designation of a Jury, review the selection criteria and advise on the determination of honoraria and prizes.

The Block 2 project aims to redevelop the existing property and buildings that comprise the city block immediately south of Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa. Block 2 is bounded by Metcalfe, Wellington, O’Connor and Sparks streets, within Canada’s Parliamentary Precinct

The new and renovated facilities will provide accommodations for Parliamentarians, as well as some retail spaces on the Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall.

The competition is comprised of two separate phases: a Request for Qualification (RFQ) to be followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP).

Request for Qualification (RFQ)

  • Interested teams of architectural professionals and subconsultants are invited to submit qualifications and demonstrate they meet the requirements to undertake the project.
  • Of the teams that have responded, up to twelve will be invited to participate in the competition.
  • During this step, the independent Jury for the design competition is to be announced. 

Request for Proposal (RFP) (Limited Design Competition)

Please note that the second phase has two separate stages.

Competition Stage 1

  • Selected competitors submit an outline of their design concepts.
  • The Jury evaluates the design concepts and creates a shortlist of up to six competitors to advance to Stage 2 of the competition. 

Competition Stage 2

  • Shortlisted competitors submit an advanced design concept for their previously submitted work.
  • The Jury will then evaluate each design and select the prize winners.

Interested Respondents are required to respond to this RFQ. In the first stage of the competition, up to 12 competitors will be invited to submit an outline concept design Proposal. In the second stage, up to 6 short-listed Competitors will be invited to submit an advanced concept design Proposal.

Responses to the RFQ are due on February 16, 2021 at 14:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST).