Search opens for Lansdowne 'urban park' builder

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By Neco Cockburn, Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — The city is starting to look for someone to build the large "urban park" planned for the eastern and southern parts of a redeveloped Lansdowne Park.

It seeks to qualify companies that "are most capable of undertaking the construction of the urban park proper and meeting the high-quality design intent of the landscape architect," according to tender documents published on Thursday.

The park is a major part of the plans for the redeveloped Glebe site, which is also to feature a renovated Frank Clair Stadium along with residential space, stores and restaurants.

The company that's eventually chosen will work with Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, the Vancouver-based firm that won a design competition for the park.

Park uses will range from recreation and leisure to community events and concerts, the listing states.

"The overall design of the park reflects this multi-faceted approach, and anticipates the various needs and requirements of the area depending on what the community and the city uses the space for, at any given time of the year."

The park's design team is led by Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and includes Stantec Engineering (civil, mechanical and electrical consultants), Jill Anholt (public art consultant) and Julian Smith & Associates, Architects (Horticulture Building architect), the documents state.

The tender closing date is March 4.

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