New Wabash Community Centre For: Provision of all architectural, engineering and administrative services for the design and construction and contract administration to construct the New Wabash Community Centre (Proposed Net Zero Energy Building)


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The city intends to construct a new community centre on the site, bordered by Sorauren Park to the west and north, Wabash Avenue to the south and the CPR railway corridor to the east.

Capital funding for the design and construction of the new Community Centre has been approved by Council in the amount of $40 million.

The site was purchased by the City of Toronto in 2000 and includes two buildings and a hardscape plaza (town square). The two story masonry office at 50 Wabash Avenue was renovated and converted into the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse and the larger two and three story masonry building at 40 Wabash Avenue. The existing building at 40 Wabash Avenue, was originally constructed in 1910 and was once home to the Canadian Linseed Oil Mills Ltd. company. Shortly after the turn of the 20th Century, this area along Sorauren Avenue, south of Dundas Street was considered a lucrative manufacturing area well connected with all of southern Ontario by rail.

In 2005, partial remediation work was conducted at 40 and 50 Wabash Avenue and their immediate surrounding areas. Designated substance abatement work was carried out in the buildings and soil removed and replaced with clean fill.

In 2014, the Sorauren Park Town Square was constructed between the 50 and 40 Wabash buildings. Presently, all mechanical and electrical services in the existing 40 Wabash Building have been removed and all fenestrations have been blocked up and secured. The building is not accessible to the public and the 40 Wabash site is fenced off with a locked gate.


The project site is located at 40-50 Wabash Avenue, in a predominantly residential area in the west end of Toronto. It is 6,734 square metres in size, irregular in shape and is relatively flat with some undulations. The project site is bounded by Wabash Avenue to the south, Sorauren Park to the north and the West Toronto Railway corridor to the east, and includes an old linseed oil building. Public transit access is available on major surrounding streets including Queen, Dundas, Roncesvalles and Lansdowne. The project site includes two buildings and a hardscape plaza/square.


3.1 Description of Work

The scope of work for this RFP includes the design of a new community centre and related site development for the site noted under Section 2.4.1 and in Appendix F. The scope of work will include community consultation, program confirmation, investigation, schematic design, design development, contract documents, tender, and construction contract administration services (including warrantee period services) for the new Wabash Community Centre, as required by the Capital Projects Unit of the Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PF&R) Division of the City of Toronto on behalf of the Recreation and Aquatics units of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. The design of the new community centre and related site development will need to consider the existing project site in its entirety (as bounded by red line in aerial photo – Appendix F), and the final design may include either one or both of the existing buildings on the project site, in whole or in part.

The design must comply with all applicable requirements from Authorities Having Jurisdiction and RFP requirements, including, but not limited to Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) Design – Design & Feasibility Study Requirements.$file/9118-19-5018%20Viewing%20Copy.pdf

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