FP3 wins £958m contract for Macdonald Block reconstruction project in Canada

WCN Editorial Team 13 Aug 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Fengate PCL Progress Partners (FP3) has secured a contract worth approximately C$1.536bn (£958m) from Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) for the Macdonald Block Reconstruction Project.

The Macdonald Block complex, the administrative hub of Ontario government operations comprising four towers and a podium near Queen’s Park in Toronto, has never seen a major renovation since its completion in 1971.

The complex has a gross building area of around 1.7m ft² and consists of five buildings: four office towers (Hearst, Hepburn, Mowat and Ferguson Towers) ranging from 10 to 24 storeys, connected by a 2-storey podium (Macdonald Block) with two floors of underground parking.

The reconstruction project will be delivered through Infrastructure Ontario’s design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) public-private partnership (P3) model.

Under the terms of the contract, FP3 will design, build and finance the reconstruction of the complex; and maintain the complex for 30 years, including lifecycle repair and renewal.

The FP3 team includes Fengate Asset Management and PCL Investments Canada as developers; PCL Constructors Canada as design-builder; WZMH Architects as the design architect; Johnson Controls Canada for facilities management; and National Bank Financial as the financial advisor.

The value of the fixed-price contract for the reconstruction project represents the payments made during reconstruction, the substantial completion payment, as well as the monthly service payments during the 30-year maintenance period.

IO and MGCS selected FP3 after a competitive procurement process that began in August 2017 and overseen by a third-party fairness monitor.

Design work and construction activities will begin immediately, and construction is expected to be substantially complete in 2024.

As part of the reconstruction project, FP3 will replace all core building systems which have reached the end of their useful life, and measures will be taken to preserve the integrity of its heritage features.

The reconstructed complex will meet the current building, health, safety and accessibility standards, accommodate more employees, and reduce the need for 586,000ft² of third-party leased office space.

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Image: FP3 wins contract for Macdonald Block reconstruction project in Canada. Credit: Kevo/Wikimedia Commons.

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