Request for Proposals: Ontario Place and Waterfront Trail

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Infrastructure Ontario has issued a request for proposals seeking landscape architects with the expertise and capacity to design an urban park and waterfront trail along the east island of Ontario Place.

The park and trail project will transform a portion of the site most recently used for parking, providing public access to a section of Toronto’s waterfront for the first time in 40 years. It will link to an expansive, 780-kilometre waterfront trail system that includes parts of the Trans Canada Trail Ontario route as well as the Martin Goodman trail. Through public consultations, green space with access to the waterfront was among the top three priorities identified for a new Ontario Place.

Interested bidders will need to provide a statement of design intent, examples of similar projects, and an overview of their firm’s proposed project team. Bids will undergo rigorous evaluation to ensure the landscape architect chosen has the experience, expertise and capacity to successfully manage a project of this size and scope. The successful landscape architect is expected to be announced in fall 2013.

Once the landscape architect is selected, the public will be invited to provide input as part of the design phase. The final designs will be unveiled in spring 2014.

The Design Services consist of all required services for the design and subsequent construction of a new urban park and waterfront trail on the eastern portion of the Ontario Place grounds in Toronto, Ontario. The Successful Respondent will be responsible for the design of all elements of the park and waterfront trail, and preparation of complete contract documents.

Access to certain information will require the execution and submission of a non-disclosure agreement; the RFP Documents are available at (reference # PR277238/13-224P).

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