West Memorial Building: Rehabilitation
From: Public Services and Procurement Canada
Learn about the project to restore the West Memorial Building, a classified heritage building.
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- Project overview
- Project description
- Benefits to Canadians
- Project background
- Latest news about this project
- Related links
- More information
- 334 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
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- Type of project
- Lead department
- Public Services and Procurement Canada
- Construction firms
- A construction manager will be hired through a competitive procurement process (tentatively planned to be launched in summer 2018).
- A budget of over $1 billion has been identified for the entire project. This overall budget is not limited to the rehabilitation of the West Memorial Building, but includes the rehabilitation of the Supreme Court of Canada Building.
- Project status
- Design stage
- Next steps
- Launch of a request for proposal for a construction management firm.
This project will revitalize a memorial building the government built to honour Canadians who served their country during the Second World War. The project will update the building to accommodate the daily operations of all occupants of the Supreme Court of Canada Building, who will occupy the West Memorial Building from 2023 to 2028. The project includes:
- the major rehabilitation of heritage fabric, including exterior walls, windows and interior finishes
- the major rehabilitation of mechanical, electrical and life safety systems
- the modernization of information technology, multimedia and security systems
- the seismic upgrading to current building code requirements
- the interior fit-up for occupants of the Supreme Court of Canada Building
Once the Supreme Court of Canada Building is rehabilitated, the interior of the West Memorial Building will be fit-up as long-term office space for future federal government occupants. It will be a modern workplace that meets today's health, safety and environmental standards.
A key objective of the project is meeting commitments that align with green initiatives such as the Energy Service Acquisitions Program and the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.
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Benefits to Canadians
The West Memorial Building’s location, prominence, and size of 20,000 square metres of useable space, make it a suitable building to host the occupants and visitors of the Supreme Court of Canada Building during this temporary period.
This project provides the opportunity to add new green standards to the heritage building. In the long term, this Canadian Second World War memorial could consolidate government operations and reduce the amount of office space leased by the Government of Canada for its employees.
The project will bring local and national economic benefits. Many jobs will be created in the construction materials, manufacturing and professional services industries.
- The West Memorial Building, part of Canada’s primary Second World War memorial, was constructed between 1954 and 1958
- The building has been vacant since 2008 because of its current overall poor condition and related health and safety issues
- A preliminary integrity project has started in August 2017, consisting of removing hazardous material, minor demolition work, flat roof replacement and the protection of heritage finishes (anticipated completion: summer 2018)
Latest news about this project
- February 23, 2018: Government of Canada moving forward with rejuvenation of West Memorial Building
- July 17, 2017: Government of Canada to rehabilitate Supreme Court of Canada Building
- Supreme Court of Canada Building: Rehabilitation
- Tender Award for the West Memorial Building Rehabilitation Project
- Directory of Federal Real Property: West Memorial
- Directory of Federal Heritage Designations: West Memorial Building
- Low carbon in the National Capital Region's buildings (Energy Services Acquisition Program)
- Greening government operations (Federal Sustainable Development Strategy)
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