Transcript of the Take a guided tour of the Government Conference Centre video

(General shot of the Government Conference Centre before construction)

Text on screen: Ottawa’s former Union station escaped demolition in the 1960’s.

Later, it hosted conferences that impacted Canada and the world.

The refurbished jewel will house the Senate while much-needed work is done on Parliament Hill.

(Chest shot of a representative of Public Services and Procurement Canada)

Thierry Montpetit: I am Thierry Montpetit with the Parliamentary Precinct Branch of Public Services and Procurement Canada. We’re standing in the concourse of the Government Conference Centre. (Horizontal pan towards the left of the future Senate Chamber in construction) This magnificent space will be housing the Senate Chamber. Workers are starting to install the superstructure that will be supporting the viewing gallery and the (chest shot of Thierry Montpetit) concourse is accommodating the Chamber because of the large space that is available (pan shot of heritage ceiling) and the very beautiful heritage ceiling above us that will be restored.

Thierry Montpetit (chest shot): (diagonal pan from top to bottom of former ticketing block) We’re now standing in the ticketing block. The amount of work is substantial. You can’t really appreciate (diagonal pan from bottom to top of construction area) this work as you’re passing by outside the building. (horizontal pan from right to left of construction area) But this is obviously a very old building and (chest shot of Thierry Montpetit) to bring it up to current building codes, to bring it up to current seismic codes, takes a lot of work. (horizontal pan from left to right of construction work) You can see workers have removed floor slabs. (diagonal pan from top to bottom of steel structure) We’re re-structuring the building, putting in new staircases to make the building (chest shot of Thierry Montpetit) absolutely serviceable for the years to come.

Thierry Montpetit (medium shot): The building sits in a very very prominent location (view of National War Memorial) right next to the National War Memorial. (view of Government Conference Centre in construction) The building is also completely scaffolded right now. (medium shot of Thierry Montpetit) This will allow us to do much needed masonry repair and masonry cleaning while at the same time addressing, repairing and stripping all the corroded cast iron windows.

Thierry Montpetit (chest shot): What’s special about this building is its Beaux Arts (pan from left to right of the former train station) classical style. It’s actually a quarter scale replica of (zoom out of historical picture of the Pennsylvania train station in New York City) Pennsylvania train station in New York City, which was demolished in 1966 and (chest shot of Thierry Montpetit) we’re very lucky here in Ottawa to have one (diagonal pan from top to bottom of interior of building) of the last surviving original train stations of that particular vintage.

(Rendering of Government Conference Centre)

Text on screen: Work will completed in 2018.

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