Request for Qualification - Nepean Point Design Competition (AL1682)

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Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2017/03/31 15:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)


Reference number
Solicitation number
Region of opportunity
Region of delivery
National Capital Region
Notice type
Request for Qualification (RQ)
Trade agreement
  • World Trade Organization-Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP)
Tendering procedure
Procurement entity
National Capital Commission
End user entity
National Capital Commission

Contact Information

Contact name
Lapensée, Allan
Contact phone
613-239-5678 x 5051
Contact address
NCC - 40 Elgin Street, Suite 202
Ottawa  ON
K1P 1C7

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Nepean Point Redevelopment

Nepean Point is one of the most spectacular lookouts in Canada’s Capital, making it a key Capital destination. At the highest point of the site is a majestic statue of Samuel de Champlain, who explored the Ottawa River in 1613.

We launched a two-phase international design competition to redevelop Nepean Point in order to create a lively, 21st century green space. The winning design team and their concept will be announced in 2017 as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

About the redevelopment project

The Astrolabe Theatre structures at Nepean Point no longer meet universal accessibility standards, and are at the end of their life cycle. We now have great opportunities to achieve the following at this site:

  • new interpretation

  • innovative design

  • an improved landscape

  • enhanced public access

    Our long-term vision for this area is to build multi-use recreational pathways connecting cultural institutions, the existing pathway network and green spaces, in order to create a continuous promenade from the Rideau Canal to Rideau Falls Park.

About the competition process

The NCC is inviting landscape architects, bridge designers, architects, urban designers and other related design professionals to form design teams to respond to the request for qualifications (RFQ) for the renewal project. All interested design teams are invited to participate in this international competition. Teams must be led by a landscape architect who is eligible to be licensed to work in Ontario, Canada.

A two-stage process will be used to select the successful team.

  1. Stage One

Teams are invited to respond to the RFQ. The information required from each team, as well as the evaluation criteria for the proposals, can be found on Buy and Sell Canada.

A maximum of four eligible teams will be selected to participate in the second stage.

2. Stage Two

This stage will entail the preparation of a design proposal. Each team selected must submit a proposal that describes the overall concept, a development plan for the entire site and a more detailed design for Nepean Point.

A document outlining the following elements will be provided to the finalist teams in the second stage:

  • the site’s characteristics

  • challenges and limitations

  • project guidelines

  • program requirements

  • evaluation criteria

The RFQ for the Nepean Point redevelopment project closes on March 31, 2017 at 3pm EDT.

Guide for submission

It is the team lead’s responsibility to ensure that the NCC receives a

complete submission and that the submission is legible, clear, concise and

understandable. Failure to do so will be to the proponent’s disadvantage.

Teams may send their submission, in English or in French, to the NCC at

the following address:

National Capital Commission Public Tenders Office



Response to Request for Qualifications

NCC Tender File No. AL1682

40 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor Service Centre

O ttawa ON K1P 1C7

Submissions must be received by 15:00 EDT (Ottawa, Ontario local

time) on March 31, 2017. Any submission received after this time will be

returned, unopened, to the proponent. Electronic or faxed proposals will

not be accepted.


Any questions about this project or this Request for Qualifications must

be submitted by email to Allan Lapensée, Senior Contract Officer, or to 613-239-5678, ext. 5051, by 15:00 EST on

March 7, 2017. If a question requires that a clarification or change be

made to the competition documents, the response or revision will be

made available to all proponents in the form of addenda. Addenda will

be posted on the Government of Canada’s “Buy and Sell” website at the

following address:

The official Government Electronic Tendering Service website is . Please ensure that you download your document from this site, in order to obtain all information related to the tender. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have received all the posted tender information to ensure tender compliance and not be disqualified.

The procurement process is subject to WTO/OMC - Agreement on Government Procurement.

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Solicitation Documents

FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
la_pointe_nepean_demande_de_qualification.pdf000French- 2017-01-19
nepean_point_rfq.pdf000English- 2017-01-19


FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
addendum_addenda_1.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2017-02-24
addendum_addenda_2.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2017-02-24
addendum_addenda_3.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2017-03-15