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City issues Request For Qualifications for the design of the new Ottawa Central Library

The City of Ottawa has issued its Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for professional design services for the new Ottawa Central Library.
The $168-million Ottawa Central Library, budget exclusive of parking facilities, has been approved to be built in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada, pending Government of Canada project approval, and City Council approval of the funding strategy.

The RFQ, now posted on MERX, provides interested proponents with submission information and requirements, including the qualifications and experience of the ideal design team. Based on these submissions, a shortlist of up to five proponents will be chosen during the summer, and invited to submit a formal proposal.

Once an architectural team is engaged, the design work will be delivered in three phases:

  • Preliminary design and public engagement;
  • Design development; and,
  • Construction.

Public feedback will play an important role in 2018, when the Ottawa Public Library and the successful architectural design team will actively engage the public on the design.

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