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February 17, 2011

Infrastructure Ontario issues RFQ for three Pan Am Games venues

TORONTO

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has released a call for companies to submit their qualifications to design, build and finance three Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games projects.

The request for qualifications bundle is composed of two stadiums and a velodrome project.

The existing Ivor Wynne Stadium in the city of Hamilton will be one of the four host venues for the games’ soccer competition. The facility will be redeveloped.

The proposed velodrome, also located in Hamilton, will host the track cycling competition. It will include a 250-metre indoor wood track and seating for 2,500.

A 5,000-seat stadium at York University’s Keele Street campus in Toronto will be used as the athletics venue.

These projects will proceed under IO’s alternative financing and procurement model where risks associated with designing, constructing and financing the facilities are transferred to the private sector.

IO said the design and construction of the stadiums and velodrome will strive to incorporate sustainable development practices such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions, waste diversion and recycling and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.

The RFQ is the first step in the process to select a team to deliver the projects. Submissions will be reviewed to pre-qualify project teams with the design, development and construction experience as well as the financial experience and capacity to deliver projects of this size and complexity.

Pre-qualified teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals in summer 2011.

Infrastructure Ontario and TO2015 are working with York University and the city of Hamilton to create the stadiums and velodrome.

The Pan/Parapan 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 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/Parapan American Games will take place July 10 to 26, 2015 and the Parapan Games August 7 to 14, 2015.

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