Sinclair Centre redevelopment project

From: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Sinclair Centre is being redeveloped to become the anchor location for accessible, sustainable and centralized federal services in downtown Vancouver.

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Project overview

Location
757 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Type of project
Redevelopment and revitalization
Lead department
Partnership: Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
Stakeholders
  • Other federal departments and agencies (TBD)
  • First Nations
  • City of Vancouver
  • Commercial retailers
Value
Estimated to be more than $500 million.
The budget will be updated as design plans are developed.
Project status
The project is in the planning stage.
Next step
A request for proposals (RFP) process for the public-private partnership (P3) consortium is expected to be launched in 2024.

Project description

The redeveloped Sinclair Centre will become the anchor location for centralized federal services in downtown Vancouver. In addition to offering important services to the Canadian public in a convenient location, the redeveloped centre will also accommodate federal departments in a modern, cost-effective and flexible workspace. The revitalized Sinclair Centre is planned as a net-zero carbon facility and will incorporate the latest sustainable technologies. The redevelopment will also meet accessibility requirements while preserving the site’s existing heritage importance.

Goals and objectives

This redevelopment project will:

  • consolidate federal office space in downtown Vancouver to a Crown-owned site, making it possible to release many leased spaces over the next decade
  • provide an opportunity to enhance the heritage conservation of Sinclair Centre
  • integrate Indigenous, social and cultural considerations and advance Indigenous reconciliation
  • advance sustainability and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets
  • transform federal office space to meet the needs of the future

Project schedule

Initiation

Completed: Business case (justifies initial funding required for the project planning phase)

Planning

Completed: Updated business case (additional funding to advance the design and develop the contract)

Definition

Execution

  • Completion of construction expected in 2030 to 2031
  • Operation of the building, by the consortium, is predicted to be for 25 years under the contract

High-level phases

The different milestones and steps for each phase are listed below.

Pre-procurement

  • Schematic design
    • Finalizing the schematic design supports the development of the contracting documentation and business case updates
    • Completion in 2024
  • Project agreement and procurement development
    • The project agreement is the contract with the private partner that outlines all the project requirements and is therefore the key document in the pre-procurement phase
    • Complete all of the procurement documents and templates needed during the procurement phase for tenders and bids
    • Completion expected in 2024

Procurement

The procurement phase is split into 4 separate parts:

  • part 1: letter of intent posted
  • part 2: RFP open (period during which the proposals are received)
  • part 3: RFP closed (period during which the proposals are evaluated)
  • part 4: contract awarded

By the end of the procurement phase, a contract will be awarded to the consortium. The project will then move on to the construction phase, and construction on the Sinclair Centre complex will begin. The procurement phase is expected to be completed in 2025.

Construction

The construction phase of the project is split up into several steps:

  • the  contract is expected to be awarded in 2025
  • the site mobilization, planning and independent engineering services are all expected to start when the contract has been awarded
  • the Sinclair Centre complex will be vacated in 2024
  • the destructive inspection phase will then start in 2025
  • development of the detailed design process is expected to start after the contract has been awarded and to last until 2026
  • construction will begin in 2026 and extend to 2030

Project background

Sinclair Centre includes 4 buildings:

These buildings are centrally located in downtown Vancouver. They were restored and connected by a glass atrium designed by Henriquez Partners Architects and Toby Russell Buckwell Architects in 1986.

Latest updates about the project

Owner’s architectural and engineering technical advisor contract awarded on September 1, 2022 to Adamson Associates Architects.

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