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RFQ issued for Pan-Am Games venues

Infrastructure Ontario has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for companies to submit their qualifications to design, build and finance the Pan American Aquatics Centre (PAAC), Field House and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) project.

The centre is a high-performance aquatics and athletics facility that will be constructed on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. Following the games, the facility will be jointly owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto and will function as a centre for high performance and university sports, while providing much-needed community recreation space.

The Aquatics Centre project will proceed under Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement model whereby risks associated with designing, constructing and financing the facilities are transferred to the private sector.

RFQ submissions will be reviewed to pre-qualify project teams with the design and construction experience, the qualified personnel and the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and complexity. Pre-qualified teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) for the Aquatics Centre project, which will be issued in spring 2011.

Infrastructure Ontario and Toronto 2015 are working with municipalities in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area and Golden Horseshoe, universities, and provincial agencies to procure and deliver the Athletes’ Village and games venues, such as the Aquatics Centre facility.

The Pan American Games is one of the world’s largest international multi-sport events, held every four years for athletes of the 42 member nations of the Pan American Sport Organization (PASO). The Games comprise a mix of Summer Olympic Games sports, as well as traditional Pan American sports. The Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will draw 10,000 athletes and officials and feature 48 sports in 17 municipalities across the Golden Horseshoe. The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10-26, 2015 and the Parapan Games August 7-14, 2015.

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