Feds look to start prequalifying contractors to bid on Supreme Court building overhaul

Supreme Court

Another massive rehabilitation project in the parliamentary precinct is slowly getting underway as federal officials look to qualify contractors as part of a $1-billion overhaul of the Supreme Court.

Public Services and Procurement Canada is looking to pre-qualifty four architectural and structural engineering services firms to subsequently bid on the project. In a separate procurement process, the government department is looking to short-list construction management firms before issuing a request for proposals.

The federal government’s most recent timeline for the project lists design work as “tentatively scheduled” to start this year. The five-year construction project is slated to start in 2023 and be completed by 2028.

The Supreme Court was built between 1938 and 1940, and its systems and components are “overdue” for rehabilitation following various emergency repairs and maintenance dating back to the 1990s, according to procurement documents.

The project will also involve the removal of asbestos, seismic upgrades to help the building withstand earthquakes, IT and security modernization and interior fitups.

The $1-billion price tag also includes the rehabilitation of the West Memorial Building, which will be the temporary home of the Supreme Court during construction.