Pomerleau poised to land massive Lansdowne construction contracts

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Courtney Symons, Ottawa Business Journal

Contracts worth approximately $136 million are being drawn up between the consortium redeveloping Lansdowne Park and general contractor Pomerleau to rebuild the park's stadium and construct a parking garage.

Pomerleau was selected from a pool of three pre-qualified bidders including PCL Constructors and EllisDon.

The local company will be paid $74.9 million for the construction of the stadium, according to a report submitted by deputy city manager Nancy Schepers that will be put to the city's finance and economic development committee on Oct. 2.

Additionally, a guaranteed maximum price contract for $61 million will be awarded to Pomerleau to build a one-level underground parking garage with 1,370 parking spaces. The city will pay $43 million of this cost.

That means the contract will be worth around $135.9 million.

A representative from Pomerleau said that the contract has not been finalized, and the company deferred media requests to the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, which is funding the project alongside the city.

OSEG and the City of Ottawa were not immediately available for comment or to confirm the total value of the Pomerleau contract.

The estimated cost of the stadium, parking garage and site-servicing work was estimated at $129.3 million in a city release this May.

It makes up the lion's share of the city's total capital cost which also includes costs associated with residential and office air rights, site management and other soft costs, for a grand total of id="mce_marker"55.4 million.

But that value needs to be raised by $12 million, according to the deputy city manager's report. The $12 million increase, bringing the total cost to $167.4, will involve an additional $3.3 million for the stadium, $5.6 million for the parking garage and $3.1 million for site servicing.

In May, EllisDon was awarded a separate contract for preliminary work on the park, including the foundation for the relocation of the Horticulture Building, demolition of the Coliseum building, tree removal, as well as excavation and remediation of contaminated soils. That contract is worth $7.5 million according to city documents, and is expected to be completed by November.

A second contract, valued at $6.5 million, was awarded to CDS Building Movers to relocate the Horticulture Building, set it up for re-use, and relocate artwork and memorials from the site.

Minto reveals plans for Lansdowne office building

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By David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — The office building Minto Properties plans to build on Bank Street as part of the Lansdowne Park redevelopment will be the glassiest thing in the Glebe.

The city's temporary design-review panel for Lansdowne and the permanent panel of architects and designers who examine all big downtown construction projects have signed off on the plans, Minto chief executive Roger Greenberg said.

Greenberg is both the head of Minto and the lead partner in the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. OSEG is working with the city on the major Lansdowne redevelopment plans — due for a final city council vote Oct. 10 — but the city sold the development rights for particular buildings separately. Minto was the sole bidder for the office building and is paying the city $3.5 million for the rights, plus a bonus after 10 years if it turns out to be especially profitable.

The building is to be seven storeys in all, though the first couple of floors are for retail stores and the topmost level is just a small utility room.

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Transportation still key concern in Lansdowne redevelopment

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

Metrics and forecasts can only go so far when preparing for the transportation crunch that will likely come with the new Lansdowne Park.

"When it opens you will see the real situation," council's transportation chairwoman Marianne Wilkinson said Thursday.

"You have to develop the best system based on the numbers you can expect to come."

She said the city will need to be nimble to adjust to unforeseen traffic issues.

One of the issues a special Lansdowne transportation advisory committee discussed Thursday was the local cycling network.

Wilkinson, the councillor for Kanata North ward, said there needs to be safe crossing for cyclists, especially on Queen Elizabeth Driveway. Even if it means painting the lines on the road, Wilkinson would like to see work begin next year before Lansdowne partially opens in summer 2014.

She was frank about a proposed $17.5-million pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Rideau Canal: There's no money in the budget right now.

Capital Coun David Chernushenko, who chairs the Lansdowne transportation group, doesn't have a lot of confidence that a traffic plan will sort out potential problems.

"They haven't been solved yet. We haven't come up with any magic answers," Chernushenko said this week. "Some of our solutions are just optimism at the moment."

Naming rights for Lansdowne Park hits $50M

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Council hopes to rake in big bucks with naming rights — good luck!

By Susan Sherring, Ottawa Sun

There’s just something incredibly disconcerting when the numbers for a proposed project don’t quite add up — and then money appears as if almost from thin air.

Such is the case in some of the numbers for Lansdowne Park.

Originally, it was estimated about $15 million could be garnered through naming rights, a new name for Frank Clair Stadium.

Now, that number has miraculously ballooned to $50 million.

Of course, a study had to be commissioned and a third-party consultant involved.

Is this proof spending money makes money? And is it true if you hire enough consultants, you'll hear what you want to hear?

Both Mayor Jim Watson and city manager Kent Kirkpatrick attempted to downplay the jump in the numbers.

"It sounds like a big number, it is a big number, important to remember over 30 years," Kirkpatrick said.