A global engineering firm and a Quebec architect are joining forces to renovate the exterior of one of the country’s largest federal office complexes.
The consortium of Montreal-based Provencher-Roy and NORR, which has a local presence, has been awarded a $3.9-million contract to design and manage the recladding of Terraces de la Chaudiere in Gatineau, Public Services and Procurement Canada announced recently.
The agency said the complex’s brick facade is cracking prematurely, posing a safety hazard. Workers have been inspecting and repairing bricks for more than a decade and installed an overhead protection system to keep pedestrians safe.
The recladding is part of a bigger project to rehabilitate the full building envelope system – including windows, curtain wall, pre-cast panels, mechanical/electrical interface, roofing, penthouse cladding and interior finishes affected by the envelope work. Dillon Construction is currently developing the overall master plan for the Les Terrasses de la Chaudière site and surrounding area.
The total estimated construction cost, according to procurement documents, is $175 million. The complex will remain occupied throughout construction.
Built in 1978, the 30-storey downtown Gatineau complex is home to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
About 6,000 civil servants work at the complex, which contains 1.53 million square feet of rentable space – an area more than four times the size of the Performance Court office tower at 150 Elgin St.
The recladding project is expected to start in the spring of 2019 and be completed by the spring of 2023, pending the National Capital Commission’s final approval of the design next summer.