FAQs Body ContentHere are some answers to frequently asked questions. If you have a question that has not been answered here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the Development ProcessWhat is Council’s vision for the Southwest Quadrant Renewal Plan?Council’s vision is to create a pedestrian-friendly space throughout all four quadrants of the downtown to facilitate community events and activities. It will complement the City’s growing transit system, increased downtown residential presence, and the heritage, entertainment and arts facilities in the heart of Brampton.What are the details of the Southwest Quadrant Renewal Request for Proposal? The City requires 126,000 square feet of net leasable space for administrative purposes ready for occupancy in 2014. Beyond this initial phase (Phase 1), the City also has a forecasted need for an additional 120,000 square feet of net leasable space between 2014 and 2031 (Phase 2) for a total build-out of 246,000 square feet of net leasable space by 2031. Who is the successful Respondent?Dominus Construction Group (“Dominus”) was selected as the Preferred Respondent for the Southwest Quadrant RFP at a Council meeting on March 28, 2011. They are working with well-known international architectural firm - Zeidler Partnership Architects. What are some of the features of the Dominus solution?• an extension of the City’s landmark civic facility in the downtown • integration of the southwest quadrant on both sides of George Street • a new north “grand lobby” entrance to City Hall • an animated, pedestrian-friendly streetscape • mixed-use, private retail on the ground floor. What are the specific details of the Southwest Quadrant Renewal Plan?The solution submitted from Dominus is based on the re-development of four discrete but related City-owned sites all within a five minute walking radius of the current City Hall. Phase 1 of the project includes plans for a new nine-storey building at 41 George Street that can accommodate: 126,398 square feet for administrative office space; 10,545 square feet for multi-purpose meeting rooms; 10,147 square feet for street level retail space; and 443 parking spaces (five levels of parking). Phase 1a includes plans for a two-storey addition to the current City Hall that can accommodate: 2,507 square feet for committee rooms; and 6,187 square feet for street level retail space. The focus of construction right now is on Phases 1 and 1a. However, the Dominus solution also offers additional development in Phases 2 and 3. Here are those details. Phase 2 includes plans for: replacement of the parking garage at 20 George Street with an 10 storey building; 130,000 square feet for a new library; 360 new parking spaces (underground); and 4,000 square feet for retail space. Phase 3 includes plans for: replacement of the Central Library at 65 Queen Street with an 8 storey building; 120,000 square feet for administrative office space; potential for additional retail and commercial mixed-use; and 340 parking spaces. What are the financial details of the project? Phase 1 and 1a of the Dominus solution has: an estimated project cost, including construction, of $94 million (to be designed, constructed and financed by Dominus); a fixed annual occupancy cost to the City of $8.2 million (payable when the building is projected to be ready for occupancy in early 2014); and an annual occupancy cost, fixed over a 25 year term, at the end of which ownership of the Phase 1 building will revert to the City at no additional cost. How is the City going to pay for this project? The City is not paying for the construction – Dominus is paying these costs. No new property taxes will directly fund the Southwest Quadrant Renewal Plan. The City will lease the building (once built in 2014) at a fixed-lease rate for 25 years, after which the City will own the building.How does the addition or expansion of a public building contribute to the revitalization of downtown Brampton? Over the past several years, there have been many projects that have had a positive effect on creating a vibrant and thriving downtown. Some examples include the recent construction of Rose Theatre Brampton, the launch of Züm (Brampton’s Bus Rapid Transit system) on Queen and Main Streets and several residential development projects underway. More recent projects include the restoration work being undertaken at Alderlea and Peel Heritage Complex. The addition of another mixed used signature building in the downtown core as a key element in the ongoing evolution and revitalization of downtown Brampton – both in terms of contributing to the urban landscape as well as attracting private sector investment and opportunity. There are many benefits to be realized with this project including employment created during and after the construction period, additional parking and retail, the addition of a building that connects the current City Hall with other parts of the downtown core (encouraging more pedestrian traffic) and expected additional private sector investment. What is the expected economic impact of this project?The total expected employment impact of the Dominus solution is the creation of 931 jobs (775 direct and 155 indirect). The expected capital expenditure gains of the $94 million investment are expected to net an additional $37 million. As downtown Brampton continues to grow, this strategic investment is another major building block in the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Brampton, serving to support existing and attract new businesses, residents, consumers, visitors and employees to the downtown core. When did this project start? When will it be completed?Construction began in fall 2011. The target date for occupancy in the new building is 2014.What steps did the City take in administering this RFP to ensure that it was completed fairly? Like all procurement activities undertaken by the City, the Southwest Quadrant Renewal Plan Request For Proposal (RFP) followed the same rigorous practices and policies mandated by its Purchasing Division. During the administration of this RFP, there was a “no contact” or “quiet” period where members of the public or potential respondents were not permitted to contact Council concerning details of the RFP. This critical step protects the integrity of the RFP process to ensure Council members (as decision-makers in the RFP process) are not subject to lobbying efforts on behalf of potential respondents or the public. This is normal business practice in the administration of any City RFP. The City retained the services of an independent process and fairness advisor, who participated throughout the RFP process and has provided an independent analysis verifying the RFP’s professionalism and integrityCan you provide more details about the use of competitive dialogue?When Council voted to proceed with the Southwest Quadrant RFP in June 2009, they directed staff to solicit responses from the private sector that harness its creativity and financial resources. Competitive dialogue has been successfully used in other international jurisdictions (most notably in Europe and the United Kingdom) for large infrastructure projects. It enables both the City and potential respondents to have a series of structured discussions to finalize the solution that offers the best value. Brampton is once again showing innovation as the first Canadian jurisdiction to take advantage of competitive dialogue to support the administration of the Southwest Quadrant Renewal Plan. Will there be opportunities for the public to learn more about this project?Throughout this project, the City will be holding several public information sessions to provide information and updates on the project. Please check the News and Events section of the website for public notices. Questions about the Construction ProcessWhat can you tell me about the design and construction of the new facilities? How can we be confident that they are built to last? Why is there so much glass in the design? The Council-approved proposal, submitted by Dominus Construction Group, requires the quality of materials and construction to be consistent with a “Class A” office building. Generally, buildings are classified either A, B or C. A “Class A” office building represents the highest quality building in a market. “Class A” buildings use the highest-quality commercial grade building materials, such as metal panels, stainless steel, polished concrete and stone floors. The design for the new facilities at 41 George Street, 33 Queen Street West and the connecting bridge, include approximately 40 – 50% glass – an important feature in the project’s quest for LEED Gold certification. What does LEED or LEED Gold certification mean? In addition to being a “Class A” office building, the design submitted by Dominus Construction Group will be built to achieve LEED Gold certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is an internationally-recognized building rating system that rates the design, construction and operation of sustainable, green buildings. The LEED system promotes an integrated building approach to sustainability by focusing on five main areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental control. LEED has four levels of ranking a project: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each level is progressively more difficult to attain through a point system. For a building to achieve LEED certification, they must meet stringent environmental standards that surpass local building code requirements. Currently, there are approximately 440 LEED-certified buildings across Canada with many more under construction or awaiting certification. For more information, visit the Canada Green Building Council at www.cagbc.org What can you tell me about Dominus Construction Group? Dominus Construction Group (Dominus) and its sister company Cityzen Development Group (Cityzen) form a multi-faceted real estate developer and builder team with more than 50 years of professional experience in the commercial and residential construction industry. Dominus-Cityzen are committed to excellence, dedicated to creating stunning developments, enhancing quality of life and place, while remaining sensitive to community and environmental concerns. What can you tell me about Zeidler Partnership Architects? Zeidler Partnership Architects has been established in Toronto for almost 60 years and today has twelve other offices worldwide. With more than 136 national and international design awards, the firm’s projects cover the entire range of architectural, urban and interior design. The scale of projects ranges from large, mixed-used complexes, office towers, healthcare projects, residential and hotel buildings to small renovations. The firm’s major body of work is located in Canada and the United States with a significant international presence developing in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For more information, visit www.zeidlerpartnership.com. When did this project start and when will it be completed? Demolition of 41 George Street and 33 Queen Street began in November to December 2011. Construction has been underway since early 2012. City staff began to move into the building in November 2014, while minor finishing work continues. The building is expected to be totally complete, including all landscaping, in fall 2015. How were the buildings of 41 George Street and 33 Queen Street West demolished? The demolition was undertaken in a careful and controlled fashion using an excavator to safely remove the building’s brick, concrete and steel to be recycled. During construction, the site has been strictly secured with hoarding to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists and minimize disruption. What impact does this project have on parking downtown? Street parking on George Street has been reduced during the demolition and construction phases. Public parking is available at these garages: City Hall, Nelson Square, John Street and Market Square Garages. Pedestrian and vehicle access may be temporarily reduced on George Street although the City will make every effort to minimize any re-routing. Will there be full access to businesses during construction? Construction activities will not prohibit access to businesses. We appreciate the public’s patience during the construction period and are trying to minimize interruptions and inconvenience to businesses and customers. What kind of support are you offering businesses during the construction period? To learn more about how you can promote your business during construction and beyond, Brampton small businesses are invited to contact Brampton’s Small Business Enterprise Centre at 905.874.2650. The Enterprise Centre offers a number of resources and services for small business owners, including free consultations with a qualified business consultant, business plan/marketing plan reviews, workshops and seminars, networking and professional development opportunities and a reference library. For information on economic development assistance to support your business venture or growth in Brampton, please contact City of Brampton’s Economic Development Office: email@example.com 905.874.2650How can I learn more about other retail opportunities in the downtown core and in Brampton overall? For information on Downtown Brampton as a potential location for your business, please contact the City of Brampton’s Economic Development Office at: o 905.874.2650 o firstname.lastname@example.org Where can I learn more about this project? Members of the public are invited to e-mail email@example.com, call 3-1-1 or check the News and Events link in the left column of this webpage for more information.