Executive summary—The Long Term Vision and Plan Annual Report 2014–15
Parliament Hill is a place of national significance for Canadians. It symbolizes the country's history and sense of identity through its majestic setting and iconic heritage buildings, and it represents the country's future through the continuing work of Canada's Parliament and the public gathering spaces it offers for national celebrations and democratic expression. It is essential, therefore, that the buildings and grounds of the Precinct be preserved and enhanced to support the ongoing work of the country and for future generations of Canadians to appreciate.
The Long Term Vision and Plan
Planning in the Parliamentary Precinct is an ongoing activity that assesses site and building conditions and evaluates how best to accommodate evolving parliamentary requirements. In 2007, the Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) was updated, confirming the vision and guiding principles—the values and principles for careful stewardship of the Precinct—and the first priority to rehabilitate the Parliamentary Triad, the three main Parliament Buildings (West Block, Centre Block and East Block).
Delivering the Long Term Vision and Plan
Working in collaboration with its Parliamentary Partners— the Senate of Canada, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament—and with other key stakeholders, the Parliamentary Precinct Branch (PPB) has established a successful track record of providing consistent, high quality accommodations and services for Parliament and the delivery of a legacy, for all Canadians, through the preservation and modernization of Canada's Parliament Buildings. To reinforce this commitment, PPB continuously seeks ways to strengthen the organization and its governance to ensure delivery of the LTVP effectively, efficiently and with sound accountability and oversight. Additionally, the integration of industry leading practices, partnering with universities, leveraging lessons learned and an active outreach program with international governments ensures continued success in the delivery of a challenging and complex program of work.
The LTVP is implemented through five-year programs of work. To ensure coordination, integration, and alignment with the overarching LTVP vision and guiding principles, PPB has four programs for the delivery of projects:
- Planning Program – includes strategic master plans, development plans, and enabling studies to guide investment decisions and the prioritization of future projects,
- Major Capital Program (MCP) – includes primary construction of new and rehabilitation projects to advance the priority of restoring the key heritage buildings,
- Recapitalization Program (RECAP) – includes necessary repairs and upgrades in buildings that are occupied and operational but have not yet been fully rehabilitated, and
- Building Components and Connectivity program (BCC) – includes the delivery of building fixtures, furnishings and equipment, and Precinct-wide modernization of multimedia communications and information technology (IT).
Balancing the need for a safe and secure workplace for Parliamentarians, while ensuring that Parliament remains open and accessible for business and visitors, is becoming more difficult within the changing global security environment and new security challenges in Canada. Rapidly evolving security requirements continue to influence technological, operational and infrastructure change. The span of these requirements is so broad that security has become a major LTVP Program component.
Long Term Vision and Plan accomplishments in fiscal year 2014–15
Fiscal year 2014–15 was an outstanding year in the delivery of Long Term Vision Plan (LTVP) projects. All programs exceeded their targets for the year—the MCP and BCC programs achieved 100% on-time/on-scope/on-budget in all four quarters, and the Recapitalization program achieved 94% overall for the year. With the exception of one project that was delayed due to severe winter weather, every project met or exceeded its performance targets for the year.
Total LTVP expenditures for fiscal year 2014–15 were $355.9 million (M), an increase of 25% over fiscal year 2013–14. This upward trend, which began in 2010, reflects the increasing maturity of the LTVP program and the concentration of large-scale rehabilitation and construction work currently underway in the Precinct, with many projects at peak implementation. Major Capital Program expenditures accounted for 86.2% of total LTVP expenditures, again reflecting the scope and concentration of major projects. Two significant milestones in fiscal year 2014–15 were the completion of the Sir John A. Macdonald Building rehabilitation and the advancement of the Centre Block Rehabilitation project.
Delivered on time and on budget, the Sir John A. Macdonald Building is an outstanding heritage restoration and adaptive reuse combined with a sensitive, modern addition. This facility, which replaces the West Block's Confederation Room 200, is an impressive contribution to the Capital's ceremonial route and an excellent example of PPB's capable project management and sound stewardship.
To ensure that the Centre Block rehabilitation project is ready to commence in 2018, PPB completed an extensive pre-planning program of work in fiscal year 2014–15. This includes several key technical studies, a full inventory of the vast art and artifact collection, and comprehensive preparatory work required for the early establishment of a multidisciplinary project design and delivery team.
For the major rehabilitation work of Centre Block to commence, the building must be vacated, which requires all interim accommodation facilities be in place before 2018. In fiscal year 2014–15, the Wellington Building progressed ahead of target and is 75% complete. This project will be completed in 2016, followed in 2017 by the West Block, and Visitor Welcome Centre phase I, and then the Government Conference Centre in 2018, at which point Centre Block will be vacated.
In fiscal year 2014–15, projects in the Recapitalization Program focused largely on repairs and upgrades to the Confederation Building and Centre Block, including preparations to modify the House of Commons Chamber to accommodate 30 additional Members of Parliament following the general election in Fall 2015. The Building Components and Connectivity program (BCC) advanced several Precinct-wide IT upgrading projects, which will be implemented over several years in more than 30 buildings throughout the Precinct. The Planning Program continued to look forward, evaluating the broader and longer-term infrastructure needs within the Precinct, and assessing the planning and development issues in the West Sector Area of the Precinct and the south side of Wellington Street.
Figure 0.01 – Long Term Vision and Plan expenditures in fiscal year 2014–15
|Planned expenditures – fiscal year 2014–15
(in millions of dollars)
|Actual expenditures – fiscal year 2014–15
(in millions of dollars)
Figure 0.02 – Long Term Vision and Plan expenditures in fiscal year 2014–15 (in millions of dollars)
Table equivalent of Figure 0.02 – Long Term Vision and Plan expenditures in fiscal year 2014–15 (in millions of dollars)
|Major Capital Program||$306.94|
|Building Components and Connectivity program||$19.44|
The first priority—to rehabilitate the three main Parliament Buildings—is now in sight. Work on the West Block will be completed within the next two years, preliminary work has begun on the East Block, and the stage has been set for the full rehabilitation of the Centre Block to begin in 2018.
Getting to this point required the planning and delivery of a complex sequence of numerous inter-dependent projects throughout the Parliamentary Precinct over many years. At every step, PPB has worked with their Parliamentary Partners to develop strategies to accelerate the program of work and to deliver projects in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
There is much work ahead and PPB is committed to building on the successes and lessons learned to date to ensure that Parliament has the accommodations it needs to do its work, and that the Parliamentary Precinct continues as a proud symbol of the values treasured and celebrated by all Canadians.
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