TORONTO, December 23, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Infrastructure Ontario and TO2015 announced today the companies short-listed to build and finance three venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
The development of three venues in time for the Games will immediately provide an economic boost in the Greater Toronto Area region by creating and supporting direct and indirect jobs. These facilities will also address the long-term needs of growing communities across the Greater Toronto Area and encourage the development and promotion of amateur competitive sports locally.
"The 2015 Games will create thousands of jobs and will be an important economic driver in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. They will bring new sporting and recreation facilities to local communities and help promote Ontario as a great place to live, do business, invest and visit." -Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games
The project includes:
...construction of a new Markham Pool and Field House facility that will host the water polo and badminton competitions for the Games;
...renovations and improvements to the existing Etobicoke Olympium facility, which will be the training site for aquatic disciplines including swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming during the Games; and
...construction of a new two-field Pan American Field Hockey Centre; plans include the two fields to be located on University of Toronto lands.
Over the past few months, companies participated in a fair and competitive request for qualifications (RFQ) process that reviewed their construction and financing abilities to deliver the project.
Following Infrastructure Ontario's evaluations of the RFQ submissions, the following companies were short-listed and will be invited to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) for the project:
...PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
...Bondfield Construction Company Limited
The RFP will be issued in February 2012.
The construction of these facilities and their operation during the Pan/Parapan American Games is a joint initiative of the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada, in partnership with the Town of Markham, City of Toronto and the University of Toronto.
"This investment will provide Ontarians with access to modern, safe and efficient infrastructure. This project is part of our government's long-term infrastructure plan Building Together, which demonstrates the McGuinty government's commitment to stimulate the economy, create jobs and build strong communities." - Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects using public-private partnerships and other delivery methods, on time and on budget; managing one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada; asset planning; and providing long-term financing to public sector and not-for-profit organizations for public infrastructure renewal.
About the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
The Pan and Parapan American Games are one of the world's largest international multi-sport events, held every four years for athletes of the 41 member nations of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). The Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games will draw 10,000 athletes and officials to municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10-26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca or www.toronto2015.org for more information.