Building permits surge in June

Major renovation projects in the parliamentary precinct, upgrades to two high schools and work at two major shopping malls helped give the construction industry a boost in June, municipal records show.

The City of Ottawa issued $273.9 million worth of building permits in the month, an increase of 39 per cent over the $196.5 million worth of permits issued in June 2013. The city awarded a total of 872 permits in June, down slightly from 903 the year before.

Among the major projects to gain city approval in June were alterations to the West Block of Parliament Hill, a four-storey addition to a retail building at the Rideau Centre and the construction of new ceilings and washrooms at the St. Laurent Centre.

The top permits by value are:


West Block, Parliament Hill

(111 Wellington St.)

Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada Ltd.

Description: Interior mechanical, electrical and food services alterations in a four-storey office building.

Value: $37,318,400


Rideau Centre

(50 Rideau St.)

Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada Ltd.

Description: Construct a four-storey addition with below-grade parking garage to a four-storey retail building.

Value: $35,719,567


Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School

(149 Berrigan Dr.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a three-storey addition at the rear of a two-storey school.

Value: $11,892,858


Earl of March Secondary School

(4 The Parkway)

Contractor: Thomas Fuller Construction Co. Ltd.

Description: Two-storey addition and relocation of existing administration office.

Value: $10,211,517


Centre Block, Parliament Hill

(111 Wellington St.)

Contractor: Atwill-Morin Inc.

Description: Interior/exterior alterations to the Centre Block ventilation towers.

Value: $6,943,700


St. Laurent Centre

(1200 St. Laurent Blvd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Interior alterations to a two-storey retail building (mall ceilings, washrooms and centre court).

Value: $6,581,460


Building A, Lansdowne Park redevelopment

(125 Marche Way)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Tenant fit-up on the ground and second floors of a two-storey retail building (Sporting Life)

Value: $3,621,667