Pomerleau to build $42M Parks Canada artifact storage facility in Gatineau

Parks Canada facility
Ottawa’s Moriyama and Teshima Architects and NFOE Architects of Montreal are jointly designing the new building. Image courtesy CNW Group/Parks Canada

Quebec-based construction firm Pomerleau has won its second major contract in the National Capital Region in the last two months ​– this one a $42-million deal to build Parks Canada’s new artifact collection facility in Gatineau.

Ottawa’s Moriyama and Teshima Architects and NFOE Architects of Montreal are jointly designing the new building, which will house about 25 million historical and archeological objects.

According to a federal government news release, the 88,000-square-foot storage facility will be specially designed to allow for the “protection and conservation of the collection under optimal storage and environmental conditions.”

Indigenous peoples, researchers, institutions and community groups from across the country will have access to the collection. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023.

“It is a privilege to construct a culturally significant piece of infrastructure that will help preserve Canada's rich and storied history,” Patrick Hebert, Pomerleau’s regional vice-president for Ottawa, said in a statement. 

“As a company that has strong and deep Canadian roots, we are proud to work with Parks Canada and our partners to deliver a facility that will reflect the environmental and security demands for preserving our cultural heritage." 

Last month, Pomerleau landed the contract to construct what’s being billed as the “greenest” British High Commission building in the world on Sussex Drive. The firm will be in charge of the $35-million project to replace the existing High Commission building at 80 Elgin St.

The Parks Canada project is the second major archival facility planned in Gatineau. Last year, a consortium formed of Plenary Group, PCL Constructors and Engie Services kicked off construction of a $330-million preservation centre for Library and Archives Canada.

PCL, Pomerleau and EllisDon are also in the running to construct Ottawa’s new central library.