Delivering results for Canadians—The Long Term Vision and Plan Annual Report 2016 to 2017

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The Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) continues to contribute to the local and national economy generating lasting economic, social, and environmental benefits for all Canadians. Parliamentary Precinct Branch (PPB) continues to review and build on existing performance measures to ensure their alignment with strategic goals and overall relevance to the evolving program and to enhance their overall effectiveness as results-based indicators (see Annex A for some of the key indicators being measured by PPB).

Greening the seat of government

Sustainability is a top priority for the Government of Canada and PPB contributes to the advancement of the federal environmental sustainability agenda in several ways. In 2016, the Branch established an Environmental Sustainability Office to help develop and implement an integrated sustainability strategy that is aligned with the government’s vision, goals and targets.

Through the LTVP, PPB continues to make strides toward reducing the environmental footprint of Parliament Hill and its surroundings. Major projects target a 25% reduction in energy consumption over and above the National Energy Code. The precinct’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are already 28% lower than the baseline established in the fiscal year 2005 to 2006. All heritage rehabilitation projects in the Precinct target ratings of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver or equivalent, with the recently completed Sir John A. Macdonald Building exceeding this target by achieving a rating of Five Green Globes such as the equivalent of LEED Gold.

Through its rehabilitation projects, the LTVP has implemented a number of greening measures, such as:

Moreover, in an effort to increase the declining urban bee population, an urban apiculture (beekeeping) initiative was launched in partnership with the Senate, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. Beehives designed by students from the Azrieli School will be installed on the roof of the Government Conference Centre by 2018.

With the government’s transition to clean electricity, the impending modernization of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)’s district heating and cooling system in the National Capital Region and the LTVP’s ongoing implementation of energy improvements, the precinct is in a position to achieve an 80% reduction in GHG emissions from the 2005 to 2006 baseline by 2030.  Future rehabilitation projects present a new opportunity for the seat of Canadian democracy to lead by exploring innovative technologies and practices and by striving for excellence in environmental sustainability. These projects are also a chance to implement design choices that could substantially improve building performance and eventually enable PPB to achieve its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality for the precinct. Ultimately, these rehabilitations will be a source of pride for Canadians who will see their Parliament as a symbol of their values and of the Government of Canada’s commitment to the future. 

Innovation and youth

The LTVP offers unique opportunities for young Canadians to contribute to historic projects, gain invaluable experience and build industry capacity.

In restoring and modernizing the Parliamentary Precinct, PPB has established partnerships with Canadian universities and colleges, including the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, Carleton, Manitoba and Montréal, as well as Algonquin College. These partnerships are enabling PPB to leverage unique research capacity and expertise to strengthen the 19st century heritage buildings to meet the needs of 21st century users and building codes such as seismic reinforcement. PPB is now using building information modeling to improve the design, construction and operations of the Parliament Buildings, and new technology, such as 3D printing and robotic stone cutting, to restore them.

These partnerships are providing multiple benefits for government, universities and students. They create opportunities for hundreds of students to hone their skills and develop the practical experience they need to succeed.

PPB also makes extensive use of student programs to support the rehabilitation of the Parliament Buildings. Over the past five years, the branch has directly hired approximately 200 students; some of whom have since become permanent employees. 

Economic benefits and opportunities for Canadians

The LTVP is labour intensive. On any given day there are more than 1,000 Canadians working on construction sites throughout the Parliamentary Precinct. It is expected that the five Major Capital Projects (Sir John A. Macdonald, Wellington, West Block, Visitor Welcome Centre Phase 1, and Government Conference Centre) will generate over 25,000 person-years of employment over the course of the work.

Most of the jobs being generated are through contracts with small, medium and large companies from across Canada, representing a broad cross section of the economy from manufacturing, architecture and engineering to construction and skilled trades.

In 2017, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton concluded a gender based analysis that indicated PPB is leveraging procurement strategies to encourage widespread inclusion of Canadians, specifically increasing the participation of youth, and indigenous people in the completion of our projects.

Indigenous provisions are being implemented in the procurement of major work. For the rehabilitation of the Wellington Building, provisions were included for the contracting of environmental consulting services and custom millwork and furniture. Indigenous set-aside criteria were also applied for the provision of project management support services for the Centre Block project.

Improving accessibility in the precinct

PPB is committed to making the Parliamentary Precinct more accessible to all. All projects meet the requirements established in the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Accessibility Standard for Real Property and the National Building Code. Examples include barrier-free entrances, exits and amenities (such as washrooms) and elevators sized to accommodate power assisted wheelchairs. 

PPB has already implemented several improvements, including the lowering of curbs, and the installation of hydraulic doors, hand rails and accessible ramps at building entrances such as the recently completed Wellington Building and Sir John A Macdonald Building. The Wellington Building has also been outfitted with accessible committee rooms and parliamentary offices. Braille signage and stairs with contrasting edge stripes have also been installed to help the visually impaired.

Major projects, such as the West Block and Government Conference Centre, will provide a barrier-free access and path of travel on all floors, including in the chambers. PPB is also constructing a Universal Accessibility route on the Parliament Hill grounds so that a barrier-free path is clearly identified both during and after renovations.

The visitor experience and Canada 150

As the LTVP projects continue to progress, PPB is developing more visitor experiences to showcase and explain the work being done in the Precinct. The Wellington Building participated in the 2016 and 2017 Doors Open Ottawa, allowing access to the newly rehabilitated space. The rehabilitation of West Block was featured in a segment on the Rick Mercer Report with the installation of the first glass tile in the new roof over the courtyard. The Prime Minister of Canada also helped to celebrate the putting in place of the final piece of masonry in the West Block.

In 2017, Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It is a milestone anniversary year in which Canadians want to celebrate, participate and strengthen their connection to Canada and their communities.

Canadian Heritage (PCH) is leading the federal approach for Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation celebrations and other federal departments and agencies are contributing by undertaking their own initiatives throughout 2017.

PSPC is playing a leading federal role by implementing several high profile Canada 150 initiatives in addition to facilitating the events and activities of stakeholders, and providing federal coordination in areas such as translation and procurement. PPB has been identified as the single point of contact for Canada 150 initiatives for the department and is leading the strategic planning, coordination, and governance of departmental initiatives as well and implementing several key projects.

PSPC has identified over 35 initiatives, some of which have already been completed, for development under 4 major categories: Implementing Legacy Initiatives, Highlighting our Achievements and Assets, Facilitating Stakeholder/Partner Events Coordination and Supporting Federal Coordination. One of the initiatives developed to help highlight the work in the Precinct was the installation of a virtual reality experience at 90 Wellington. Participants were able to see a 3D image of the Centre Block and gain a better understanding of the planned rehabilitation project.

Postal Station B

  • PPB committed to reduce the visible construction downtown by finding innovative ways to minimize visible construction and enhance the visitor experience
  • To help reduce the visible construction downtown by finding innovative ways to minimize visible construction and enhance the visitor experience, PPB created a unique design for Postal Station B using the Canada 150 logo and colour palette
  • The objective was to create awareness of PSPC’s national role and mandate by the example of PPB’s work in the Parliamentary Precinct and to celebrate the renewal of our heritage buildings

Red Bull Crashed Ice

PPB provided facilitation of various federal departments (PSPC, Parks Canada, National Capital Commission (NCC), Parliamentary Protective Service (PPS), Senate, House) for this televised international athletic event

  • Lighting coordination of East Block, Centre Block and Postal Station B for night time presence and experience
  • Coordination of media trailers and compound on Parliament Hill for international broadcast
  • Gifted repurposed copper to the City of Ottawa for the Red Bull Crashed Ice trophy design

90 Wellington

  • PPB created and provided Canadians an opportunity to explore and interact a multimedia virtual reality kiosk and exhibit to showcase some of the renovation and modernization work underway on Parliament Hill and its surroundings
  • The exhibit highlights the department’s Long Term Vision and Plan via a high definition (HD) presentation and features original artifacts on display and provides an overview of the combinations of traditional crafts and new technologies that go into restoring and modernizing Parliament Hill
  • The virtual reality (VR) kiosk was developed in partnership with Carleton University’s Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) who developed the VR programming, and Canadian Heritage, whose information guides provide daily operational support
  • To date, thousands of people have visited the exhibit and participated in the virtual reality experience

Sparks Street window displays

  • PPB facilitated and coordinated a graphic exhibit installation along Sparks Street storefronts to highlight some of PSPC’s initiatives including the Long Term Vision and Plan and its role in stewardship and preservation of the precinct’s symbolic primacy, visual integrity and heritage value as an icon of Canadian democracy for over 150 years and to create an engaging experience that educates visitors about PSPC’s role in the preservation and rehabilitation of the buildings and sites
  • Displays also include information on the Canada Gazette, Canada Flag Standards and the building of the Intercolonial Railway

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