Ottawa Convention Centre

Ottawa Convention Centre

Development Manager and Advisor          |          Ottawa, Ontario, Canada         |          April 2007 – 2011        |          $159M Budget          |          400,000 sq ft

Today, the new Ottawa Convention Centre is a stunning, iconic building unlike anything Canada has ever seen. Ottawa’s downtown core was revitalized with the intricate installation of 1,084 glass panels to create a futuristic crystalline orb that redefined Canada’s most historic landscape. This building changes the urban landscape of the nation’s capital, combining form and function, unprecedented efficiency, and architectural ingenuity.

GBA led the Project Management Team through all phases of the redevelopment including funding approvals, business planning, competitive RFP management plans for the project, required design approvals from government agencies and compliance monitoring, and communications. GBA shaped the concept that provided the OCC an opportunity to demolish the existing facility and redevelop on the newly expanded site.

  • Managed the legal, financial/business teams in the drafting of a Plan of Redevelopment and Feasibility Study identifying the path to success
    for the redevelopment of the OCC
  • Managed the technical project teams, including the architects, engineers and specialty consultants, to create a Functional Program, Output
    Specifications and Illustrative Concept Design
  • Proposed and procured for the client a long-term facilities management contract with the global leader in the convention industry
  • Managed the procurement process to select a preferred partner to demolish/design/build and short-term finance the redevelopment project
  • Managed an over-arching communications strategy that mapped out all stakeholder relations from concept to opening of the new facility
  • Managed the drafting and execution of legal and funding agreements among OCC, PCL and various stakeholders
  • Represented the OCC before the City of Ottawa and National Capital Commission as well as the Federal, Provincial and Municipal funding partners
  • Managed and implemented the OCC’s redevelopment project strategic communication plan
  • Managed and co-ordinated the redevelopment in terms of technical requirements, budget and schedule through to commissioning and operation