City shortlists teams for Baker District redevelopment

Guelph, Ont., March 16, 2018 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce the results of the request for pre-qualifications (RFPQ) process for the Baker District redevelopment project.

The four development teams, shortlisted from the 10 proposals received, are:

  • HOK Inc.
  • Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.
  • Windmill Development Group
  • Triovest Realty Advisors Inc.

“The successful candidates have demonstrated exceptional experience and capabilities, and we’re confident that any one of the four teams, if chosen as our preferred partner, would bring world-class development and design expertise to this important downtown project,” says Scott Stewart, deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise.

Last November, the City embarked on an open and competitive process to pre-qualify development teams who have the financial capability, master planning and design expertise, and ambition to realize a unique, mixed-used development for the district in partnership with the City.

The process to identify the shortlisted teams was done in accordance with the City’s procurement process and Tier 1 governance framework for capital projects.

Request for proposals

The City will now proceed with the request for proposals (RFP) stage with the shortlisted candidates.

“The final awarding of the RFP will mark a critical milestone in the Baker District redevelopment project as we’ll be able to work on on the preliminary development concept, moving us closer to revitalizing this underused urban space,” says Stewart.

Background

The Baker District redevelopment is a City of Guelph development project aimed at transforming the existing parking lot and properties fronting the north end of Wyndham Street into a unique mixed-use development, including a new main library.

The Downtown Secondary Plan envisions the Baker District redevelopment becoming a model of urban intensification that drives visitors to the downtown and encourages business to thrive within its boundaries by combining residential and commercial spaces.

There will be multiple opportunities for the community to participate in the development of the Baker District, both through the Guelph Public Library as it develops the new library space and programming, and the City as the Baker District design concepts are developed. Opportunities for engagement will be shared with the community as this multi-year project progresses, with events expected to begin in 2019.

For more information, visit guelph.ca/bakerdistrict.

Media contact

Peter Cartwright
General Manager, Business Development and Enterprise
Business Development and Enterprise
519-822-1260 extension 2820
peter.cartwright@guelph.ca