Feds prepare fit-out of new Parliament Hill visitor centre, opening in 2018

Visitor centre
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After some two years of construction, work on a new $130 million visitor centre at Ottawa’s most iconic tourist attraction is entering one of its final phases.

Earlier this month, the federal government published a procurement notice for a handful of tables, sofas, storage units, desks and other workstation components for the four-storey underground visitor centre on Parliament Hill.

The federal government says the centre is slated to welcome its first visitors in time for the opening session of Parliament in the fall of 2018.

visitor centre
Rendering via Public Services and Procurement Canada

The new attraction for tourists will open just as the most recognizable landmark in the nation’s capital becomes shrouded in construction scaffolding.

Centre Block is slated to undergo a decade-long renovation starting in 2018. Local tourism officials have been pressing the federal government to install a full-sized display in front of construction work that shows visitors the building in its full grandeur, rather than a construction site.

The new visitor centre was designed by a partnership involving IBI Group and Ottawa-based Moriyama & Teshima Architects.