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Macdonald Block Reconstruction Project

Project Type:
DBFM - Design Build Finance Maintain
Infrastructure Type:
Contract Value:
$1.536 billion
Estimated Value for Money:
$369.7 million

About the Project

The Macdonald Block Complex is the administrative hub of Ontario government operations and has a total gross building area of approximately 1.7 million square feet.  The complex consists of five buildings: four office towers (Hearst, Hepburn, Mowat and Ferguson Towers) ranging from 10 to 24-storeys, connected by a 2-storey podium (Macdonald Block) with two floors of underground parking.

Completed in 1971, the Macdonald Block Complex has never undergone a major renovation. The reconstruction project will update all core building systems, including electrical, water, cooling and heating, which have reached the end of their useful life and must be replaced. It will also update office accommodations to meet modern accessibility standards.  

Each building in the complex will be taken back to its original building core, remediated and rebuilt using modern technologies, systems and materials while preserving the integrity of its many heritage features. The newly reconstructed complex will meet current building, health, safety, and accessibility standards and will accommodate significantly more employees through more efficient use of this government-owned office space.

The project is being delivered through Infrastructure Ontario's design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) Public-Private Partnership (P3) model, which transfers appropriate risks associated with design, construction, maintenance and financing of the project to the private sector. Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services are working together to reconstruct the Macdonald Block Complex, which will continue to be publicly owned.


  • Request for Qualifications
    Aug 17, 2017
  • Short-list Bidders Selected
    Jan 15, 2018
  • Request for Proposals
    Feb 22, 2018
  • Winning Bidder Selected
    Aug 09, 2019
  • Construction Begins
    Aug 09, 2019
  • Construction Ends

Latest News

Winning Bidder

Fengate PCL Progress Partners (FP3) - Developers: Fengate Asset Management and PCL Investments Canada Inc.; Design-Builder: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.; Design Architect: WZMH Architects; Facilities Management: Johnson Controls Canada; Financial Advisor: National Bank Financial 


  • The reconstruction will lower operating costs in the complex, allow for significantly more workers to be accommodated, improve accessibility, and reduce the need for approximately 586,000 square feet of expensive third-party leased space.
  • The reconstructed Macdonald Block Complex will meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver standard.
  • The Macdonald Block Complex is a Provincial Heritage Property of Provincial Significance. The complex has heritage value for its history, urban design, architecture, landscape, and public art. The government is committed to preserving its many heritage elements throughout the reconstruction process.

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