Expression of Interest now open for Brampton’s Centre for Innovation

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Brampton has issued expressions of interest for the Centre for Innovation (CFI).

As a catalyst for future downtown growth and part of the city’s growing Innovation District, the Centre for Innovation (CFI) is envisioned as an iconic landmark building for Brampton, with collaborative public use spaces, educational or industry partnerships.

Through the expressions of interest, the city is exploring a variety of project delivery and/or partnership models to draw on the expertise and strengths of the private sector to complete the project.

Proponents are required to register by emailing CFIsubmission@brampton.ca by 3 p.m. on May 18. Submissions are due by June 8.

“Through collaboration, we are putting the necessary building blocks in place to develop our downtown and the City Innovation District into an economic and innovation hub,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. “This EOI represents the unique opportunity to partner with the City in an endeavour to yield long-term social, economic and cultural benefits for all potential partners, the city, and Brampton residents and businesses.

“This future building will showcase design excellence, sustainability and innovation, while paying homage to Brampton’s historical and cultural legacies.”

For more information on the expressions of interest, visit www.brampton.ca/cfi.

The revitalization of downtown Brampton continues to be a priority for this term of Council, by making investments in infrastructure and seeking public and private partnerships.

In September of 2017, Council endorsed, in principle, up to $100 million for a joint-use Brampton Centre for Education, Innovation and Collaboration (BCEIC), now known as the Center for Innovation (CFI) in Downtown Brampton.

In February of 2018, Council authorized retaining an architectural firm to provide design and contract services.

In May of 2019, Council endorsed 8 and 14 Nelson Street West as the preferred location of CFI to merge with the new Transit Hub, creating a more connected downtown core.

The procurement for an Architect began in the fall of 2020, with the City issuing a letter of award in July 2021. Following that, in September 2021, Council authorized staff to begin procurement to hire a Construction Manager for the CFI.

In September of 2022, staff proposed publishing a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) to seek innovative ideas and partnership models from prospective Proponents.

The RFEOI will be open for one month before proceeding to an evaluation process over the summer. In the fall, Council will consider the submissions and decide on next steps.

“The city remains committed to unlocking the potential of our downtown, and developing an ecosystem where residents, students, businesses and the local community will thrive,” said Marlon Kallideen, chief administrative officer.

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Timeline

RFEOI issue date Thursday, May 4, 3:00 pm
RFEOI registration deadline Thursday, May 18, 3:00 pm
Deadline for questions Thursday, May 25, 3:00 pm
Responses to questions Thursday, June 1, 3:00 pm
RFEOI closing date Thursday, June 8, 3:00 pm
Evaluation of submissions June to July
Council to render decision on next steps September or earlier

 

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