PCL : Government Conference Centre Rehabilitation





This construction management services contract serves to preserve, rehabilitate, and fit-up the Government Conference Centre for Public Works and Government Services Canada. The two-stage project, adjacent to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel and the Rideau Canal, will transform the 100-year-old structure, designated a Classified Federal Heritage Building, into the interim Senate accommodation as the Centre Block of Parliament is renovated.

The project includes abatement and selective demolition, major structural upgrades to existing masonry, steel frame and floors, seismic upgrades, base building systems replacement, IT infrastructure and equipment, security infrastructure and devices, new vertical circulation throughout, new loading dock, interior fit-up, and landscaping work. Historical rehabilitation includes the stabilization and repair of vaulted plaster ceilings, iron facade and iron window repairs, selective marble salvage and reuse, and wood window and door repairs.

From its completion in 1912 until mid-1966, the station served railway passengers in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Initially known as the Grand Trunk Central Station and later as Union Station, the building was acquired by the Crown in 1967 and repurposed for centenary celebrations that year, saving it from imminent demolition. After several years of disuse, the building was sanctioned as a “temporary” conference centre and continued to function as such until the present day.