GTA Construction Report staff writer
Ontario Place Corporation has issued a request for bids (RFB) to proceed with the interior renovation of what it describes as “historic” Pavilion Pods, originally built in 1971. The renovation work will transform the pods into multipurpose event spaces.
The request for bids can be found at https://ontariotenders.bravosolution.com and closes on Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. To view the Opportunity Listing, go to “Current Opportunities”, search by “Project Info”, enter “TENDER_7778” and click “Search”.
The successful proponent will support the construction of:
- Interior renovation of Pod 1 and the main level of Pod 2;
- kitchen facilities;
- universal washroom;
- accessibility improvements and a lift to access the pods; and
- upgraded electrical, mechanical and data capabilities.
The Pavilion Pods at Ontario Place were originally constructed as multimedia exhibition spaces and a restaurant. The five steel and aluminum pods, which overlook Lake Ontario, were designed by Eb Zeidler for the original construction of the site.
Ontario Place says in a news release that the pods are part of Ontario’s cultural heritage landscape and hold significant historical value. “The transformation of the pods is part of a broader vision to revitalize Ontario Place into a year-round waterfront destination that is innovative, fun and engaging for residents and visitors of all ages,” the statement says.
Ontario Place says the work is being completed in phases. The first phase was the opening of Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail, which was completed in June 2017 and added 7.5 acres of spectacular new parkland to Toronto’s waterfront on the East Island of Ontario Place. Ontario Place has also re-opened the iconic Cinesphere theatre, which features IMAX movies.
The next phase includes the transformation of the East Island into a Celebration Common and the West Island as a hub for culture, discovery and innovation.
“I am thrilled to see the great strides our government has made in transforming Ontario Place and bringing people back to this spectacular waterfront destination,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “We are building on our progress by moving forward with the renovation phase of two iconic heritage Pods to transform them into flexible event spaces. With a beautiful view of Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto, these Pods are a pillar of the waterfront site.”