Feds open Confederation Building elevator contracts

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Public Works has a minimum 10-year contract on the table for companies interested in modernizing and maintaining several elevators in the Confederation Building, just west of Parliament Hill on Wellington Street.

Bids are open on a solicitation posted on Merx, a procurement site commonly used by the federal government. The deal includes an option to extend by up to three additional five-year periods, meaning it could last as long as 25 years.

Public Works states the budget is for more than $200,000, but did not release the maximum bid amount it was prepared to entertain.

Work encompasses six passenger elevators, a freight elevator and a tower elevator. Initially the project will entail modernizing the systems (including electrical and mechanical systems) as well as maintenance. Once the modernization is complete, long-term maintenance will continue.

All bidders must be on a prequalified list of elevator maintenance contractors. Construction will be finished 92 weeks after the contract is awarded, Public Works stated.

An optional site visit takes place on Thursday. Bids are due Oct. 30.

In December, Public Works noted in tender documents that the Confederation Building is in “poor and worsening” condition, particularly with regard to its roof and windows.

The building was constructed between 1927 and 1932 with few building envelope changes since that time, although the interior was renovated about 30 years ago.