New federal building in Shawinigan: construction project
From: Public Services and Procurement Canada
Learn about the construction of a new building on the current site of the National Verification and Collections Centre of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in Shawinigan.
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- 4695 Shawinigan-Sud Boulevard, Shawinigan, Quebec
- Type of project
- Construction of a new building that meets sustainable development requirements
Dismantling of the existing building and construction of the parking lot
- Lead department
- Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
- Firms responsible
Gagnon, Letellier, Cyr, Ricard, Mathieu et associés, architectes, S.E.N.C., Coarchitecture Inc., en consortium
- Roughly $149 million (taxes included) in contracts for architecture and engineering services, and construction management
- Project status
- In progress
- Next step
- Demolition of the current building and construction of the parking lot will take place after the construction of the new building.
PSPC will be this building’s owner. This 4-storey construction will provide total usable space of 18,054 square metres.
The project will be carried out in project-management mode, which means there will be a collaboration between PSPC, the architecture and engineering consultant and the managing construction contractor.
This approach makes it possible to create efficiencies and begin the construction before the design work is completed.
Adaptation to federal employee needs
Given the new reality of telework, this new building will provide a modern workplace that is better aligned with the current and future space needs identified by the federal departments housed on-site to optimize space occupancy. It will provide flexibility in the event of an unexpected staff increase, thanks to the application of the activity-based workplace.
Approximately 2,100 employees will work in the new building:
- approximately 1,600 CRA employees
- 500 Employment and Social Development Canada employees
- a few Shared Services Canada employees
Sustainable development and energy efficiency
In order to meet the government’s new sustainable development requirements, the new building will be constructed for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and BOMA BEST Gold certifications.
The building will:
- be carbon neutral and emit no greenhouse gases (GHG) during operations
- use 100% clean electricity
- use less water than the current building
- include modern building-construction and maintenance technologies
- be resilient to climate change
We expect the building to be 25% more efficient than National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings requirements. Major construction materials will be selected using those with the lowest impact on GHG emissions. We will reduce the environmental impact of construction waste by 90% during the construction of the new building and demolition of the current building.
This project will be completed in compliance with sustainable development principles:
- existing green spaces will be protected and maintained
- landscaping will allow rainwater to seep into the ground so that less water is discharged into municipal sewers
- a light-emitting diode (LED) lighting system with occupancy sensors will reduce light pollution
- On February 4, 2019, the Government of Canada announced the construction of a new federal building in Shawinigan
- Following fair, open and transparent tendering processes, we have awarded:
- a contract valued at approximately $12 million (taxes included) to Gagnon, Letellier, Cyr, Ricard, Mathieu et associés, architectes, S.E.N.C., Coarchitecture Inc., en consortium for architecture and engineering services
- a contract for construction management services valued at approximately $136.8 million (taxes included) to Pomerleau Inc. for the:
- construction of the building
- dismantling of the existing building
- construction of a parking lot
- On July 23, 2021, the Government of Canada unveiled the new building’s architectural design
- On June 3, 2022, we held a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction work of the new building
- The construction of the new building, which will replace the existing building, has begun in spring 2022 and should be completed at the end of 2024
Follow the progress of this project with the on-site camera.
New federal building in Shawinigan—A modern and eco-efficient design
This animation shows what the new building will look like when it is completed in 2024.
New federal building in Shawinigan—Environmental features
This infographic represents the sketch of the new federal building in Shawinigan.
Infographic presenting the non-definitive sketch of the new federal building in Shawinigan and its main environmental features
LEED Gold certification objective
Carbon neutral building
- No GHG emissions
High energy performance
- 25% more efficient than a similar building
- Triple glazing and quality exterior walls to increase insulation
- Maximized natural lighting
Efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment
- Refrigerants with a smaller impact on climate warming
- Over 90% of heat recovered
Management of construction materials
- Materials chosen to reduce the environmental impact
- 90% reduction in construction waste
- Protection of existing green spaces and tree planting
- Reduced consumption of drinking water
Latest news about this project
June 3, 2022: New federal building in Shawinigan: the construction has begun!
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