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This talk should help the Whitecaps bid, I would think:

BC Place should be Major League Soccer-ready for 2011 season: PavCo

By Bruce Constantineau

December 3, 2008 9:01 PM

VANCOUVER — Don't worry, Vancouver Whitecaps.

Recession or no recession, BC Place stadium should be Major League Soccer-ready by the start of the 2011 season, retractable roof and all.

That was the word Wednesday from PavCo chair David Podmore, who expects to know the final price tag of the roof project by mid-January, with provincial cabinet approval expected soon after.

An upgraded BC Place stadium is crucial to the Whitecaps' bid for an MLS franchise to begin play in 2011.

A $65 million improvement to the stadium's interior is due for completion by November 2009, while work on an estimated $200 million-plus retractable roof, if approved, would begin in April 2010 and finish by the spring of 2011.

Questions about the viability of the roof project have arisen as the project's business plan calls for more than $100 million to be recovered through the sale and lease of development sites near the stadium.

However, the economic slowdown has clearly affected development activity throughout Metro Vancouver, with work halted or delayed on several projects.

Podmore said he's not worried about the impact of a recession, noting PavCo can delay the sale or lease of the development sites until the market recovers.

"I'm not concerned because we're talking about a program that's going to refurbish this stadium for 40 years," Podmore said. "If we take the land to the market in 24 months instead of six months, it doesn't kill the business proposition.

"I'm very optimistic we'll have strong [government] support for this."

Development plans for two major land parcels near the stadium call for up to 1.4 million square feet of new residential and commercial space to be built, including a maximum of 700,000 square feet of residential space.

"We would have mixed retail and entertainment uses on the rest of the site," Podmore said. "We want to get uses in that enliven and bring activity to the stadium area."

The stadium's interior renovation project already approved by the province includes improved access for disabled people, 35 refurbished suites and seven new suites and renovated concessions, washrooms, dressing rooms and general public areas.

Podmore said PavCo will soon award a separate contract for seismic upgrading and other work to prepare the stadium to receive the new roof.

He said design work on the roof project should be finished by January, after which PavCo will put out a tender for all the roof components - including steel, cables, castings, fittings and mechanisms for opening and closing the roof.

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Found this on bcbid.bc.ca. Looks like PCL Construction won a contract:

Michael Keane

PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. - Estimator

BC Pavilion Corporation

777 Pacific Boulevard

Vancouver, British Columbia

V6B 4Y8


Solicitation Number: 2008-12-645

Original Publish Date: 2008/12/24

Close Date & Time: 2009/01/15 15:00

Time Zone: Pacific Time

Approx. Time Left:

All dates are yyyy/mm/dd

Summary Details:

PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., acting as Construction Managers for The BC Pavilion

Corporation (PAVCO), will be replacing the existing air supported roof and providing other

associated improvements at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC.

PCL invites all interested subcontractors and suppliers to submit expressions of interest

to pre-qualify to bid for the following work:

- Landscaping

- Demolition Including Removal Of Existing Roof

- Micropile Installation

- Asphalt

- Reinforcing Steel

- Concrete Formwork

- Carbon Fibre Wrap

- Masonry

- Steel Structure

- Miscellaneous Metals

- Lockstrand Cable

- Fixed Roof Fabric

- Retractable Tenara Roof Fabric

- ETFE Fabric On Facade

- Mechanized Retractable Roof System

- Sound System (Including Hoisting)

- Architectural Cladding

- Glass And Glazing

- Roofing

- Interior Finishes

- Mechanical

- Electrical

- Sprinklers

- Building Controls

- Acoustic Abatement

- Exterior Building Maintenance

- Elevator Upgrades

- Arena Seating

- Traffic Deck Coatings

- Amphitheatre Production Rigging

All interested parties are required to submit the following information:

1. The scope of work your firm is interested in

2. Completed CCDC 11 -1996 (R2006) Contractor's Qualification Statement. The CCDC -

11 document is expected to demonstrate that your firm has completed projects of similar

scope, size and complexity to those being applied for

3. A copy of your firms Health, Safety and Environmental policy

4. A copy of your firm's Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures and

details of recent performance achievement and accreditation awarded

5. Authorization to PCL to obtain financial information and conduct reference checks

as necessary to satisfy bonding and security requirements.

6. Submit a current WorkSafe BC Clearance Certificate

Submissions must be received before 3:00 p.m. local time on: Thursday, January 15, 2009.

Original submissions must be submitted to the undersigned in a sealed envelope. Clearly

indicate on envelope: GENERAL PREQUALIFICATION CALL BC Place Roof Replacement. Facsimile

transmissions or incomplete submissions will not be considered. PCL and/or PAVCO reserve

the right to amend this list at any time.

Questions may be addressed to Michael Keane, PCL Estimator

Pre-qualification submissions shall be addressed to:

Chris Beaton, Project Manager

BC Pavilion Corporation (PAVCO)

777 Pacific Boulevard

Vancouver, BC V6B 4Y8

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And I think the timing of this announcement is being purposefully done now to reinforce the Whitecaps bid.

Getting the word out now that they're calling for submissions for work is an indication to the MLS that the Whitecaps and BC Place are serious.

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