A few days after the National Capital Commission approved final designs for the revitalization of a prominent public-sector workplace in Gatineau, the federal government has awarded a massive contract for the renovations to PCL Constructor Eastern Inc.
Public Services and Procurement Canada awarded PCL a $217.6-million contract on Monday to replace the exterior of Les Terrasses de la Chaudière, the federal government workplace at 10 Wellington St., 15/25 Eddy St. and 1 Promenade du Portage in Gatineau.
The contractor will undertake a recladding project that will see the roofs, exterior brick wall and windows of the 41-year-old complex replaced. When finished, the four towers will feature a facade of glass and aluminum with wood elements inside the windows.
The recladding project’s designs, developed by architects Provencher-Roy and NORR in a joint venture, received the NCC’s sign-off at the Crown corporation’s board of directors meeting on April 11. The interior of Les Terrasses de la Chaudière will be renovated in separate projects, including changes to workplace offices and the complex’s parking garage.
These projects will lay the groundwork for a massive expansion of employees in the complex, which PSPC purchased in 2013. According to NCC and PSPC documents, new office layouts and the feds’ new open workspace initiatives could see Les Terrasses de la Chaudière eventually host some 9,000 workers, compared with 6,400 today.
A release states that the 1.53-million-square-foot complex, which currently represents roughly four per cent of the feds’ office space in the National Capital Region, is key to maintaining the feds’ commitment to a three-to-one Ottawa-Gatineau employee ratio.
Federal departments and agencies in the complex – including Canadian Heritage, Indigenous Services Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission – will maintain operations throughout the renovations, which are expected to begin later this fall and wrap up by winter 2024.