Feds gear up for $30.6M East Block rehabilitation in Ottawa

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More cranes, scaffolding and construction workers are scheduled to head to Parliament Hill later this year as the federal government tackles “deteriorated” sections of East Block.

This week, Public Services and Procurement Canada said it’s looking for a construction manager to oversee the $30.6-million project.

Work is slated to include rehabilitating the building envelope and masonry envelope, replacing the southwest and southeast tower copper roofs, seismic upgrades and “minor” security enhancements.

The East Block is one of the surviving original triad of buildings on Parliament Hill, the federal government said in its request for proposals, adding that major renovations and rehabilitation work were carried out in the late 1970s and 1990s.

Work on the current project is expected to last until late 2020.

The search for East Block contractors comes as the federal government gears up for an even larger construction project on Parliament Hill.

A decade-long rehabilitation of Centre Block is expected to begin in earnest in 2018.