Executive summary—The Long Term Vision and Plan Annual Report 2016 to 2017
About the Long Term Vision and Plan
The Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) is a comprehensive strategy to renew the Parliamentary Precinct by:
- modernizing accommodations, while preserving the heritage character of the buildings
- restoring and renewing the iconic heritage buildings, while ensuring that the investments are made responsibly, reducing their environmental impact, and providing good value and benefits for Canadians
- creating a safe and secure place to work, while ensuring that Parliament remains open and accessible for business and visitors
The LTVP sets out clear objectives and priorities, provides detailed planning and design guidance, and establishes a practical framework for implementation. Rolling 5-year programs of work establish shorter-term implementation objectives in the context of the longer-term vision.
To ensure that work is coordinated and integrated, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) established the following programs for the delivery of projects:
- Major Capital Program (MCP)
- Recapitalization Program (RECAP)
- Building Components and Connectivity Program (BCC)
- Planning Program
In the fiscal year from 2016 to 2017, the Security Infrastructure Program was created to address the growing number of security related projects being delivered under the LTVP.
As the LTVP advances, broader benefits are also realized:
- progressive sustainability and energy-efficiency improvements in buildings throughout the Precinct
- significant direct and indirect job creation in key sectors, such as manufacturing, engineering, design, construction, and various trades as well as opportunities for small, medium, and large companies across the country
- more efficient and accessible Parliament through modernized technology and communications systems
- advancement of innovative research and technology in the restoration and management of complex heritage facilities through key academic and private-sector partnerships
Fiscal year highlights
Total LTVP expenditures for fiscal year from 2016 to 2017 were $364.2 million. Major Capital Program expenditures accounted for 81% of total LTVP expenditures, reflecting the scale and concentration of major projects currently underway.
Figure 1: Long Term Vision and Plan expenditures in fiscal year 2016to 2017 (in millions of dollars)
The fiscal year 2016 to 2017 was a year of solid progress for all LTVP's. The MCP, BCC and RECAP achieved 100% on time, on budget, and on scope overall for the fiscal year. The Planning Program is not included here as it does not include any capital projects.
Key MCP achievements in fiscal year 2016 to 2017 were:
- The Wellington Building re-opened in 2016 after being completely rehabilitated over the last six years and earning a very high eco-rating of 4 Green Globes, demonstrating leadership in energy and environmental design practices. The building now provides accommodation for the House of Commons including parliamentary office units, committee rooms, and related amenities
- The project to rehabilitate Centre Block was successfully launched with the approval of project and policy authorities to proceed with the rehabilitation and the awarding of the contracts for the construction manager and the architectural and engineering services
- The West Block project progressed to 87% completion, with the completion of the exterior masonry work, the progression of construction work of the courtyard and the North Court, and the near completion of the installation of the glass Chamber roof
- The first phase of the East Block project reached 20% completion, with the design, construction planning, and preparation of construction documents moving forward on schedule
- The Government Conference Centre progressed to 57% completion, exceeding the target of 45%, with structural upgrades nearing completion, and the exterior and interior masonry, construction of an east addition and a loading dock, and the installation of mechanical and electrical systems well underway
- The first phase of the visitor welcome centre project advanced to 82 % completion with the completion of major excavation activities and work on the concrete structure continuing during the year
In the fiscal year 2016 to 2017, key RECAP achievements included the substantial completion of four major projects:
- The rehabilitation of the east pavilion envelope of Centre Block, which included the masonry, roof, window stabilization, and a partial seismic upgrade
- The rehabilitation of the ventilation towers of Centre Block, which included the masonry, roof, windows and louvers, and a full seismic upgrade
- The first phase of the window and sash repair project at the Confederation Building, which included the rehabilitation of sashes in 447 window units to address health and safety concerns
- The rehabilitation of the north perimeter wall on the parliament grounds, which included the masonry wall, iron fence, and pathway
BCC completed or nearly completed a series of precinct-wide communication and connectivity projects from 2016 to 2017, including:
- upgrading and modernizing computer networking and internet technologies as well as the deployment of Wi-Fi throughout the precinct
- upgrading the existing radio communication system and the integrated security systems
- building redundant cabling pathways on Parliament Hill to ensure uninterrupted connectivity within the campus
Figure 2: Long Term Vision and Plan budget and expenditures by program in fiscal year 2016 to 2017 (in millions of dollars)
Table equivalent of figure 2: Long Term Vision and Plan budget and expenditures by program in fiscal year 2016 to 2017 (in millions of dollars)
|Program||Expenditures fiscal year 2016 to 2017||Budget fiscal year 2016 to 2017|
|Major Capital Program||$293.1||$289.7|
|Building Components and Connectivity Program||$15.7||$17.6|
|Security Infrastructure Program||$12.6||$22.5|
The year ahead
Major LTVP advances will be made in the fiscal year 2017 to 2018 leading up to the full rehabilitation of the Centre Block beginning in 2018.
The rehabilitation of the West Block and the Government Conference Centre will continue, with both projects being completed for the opening session of Parliament in the fall of 2018.
With the approval of the authorities for the Centre Block rehabilitation, the LTVP will also be updated to shift focus in the Precinct from a building-by-building approach, which has been essential to getting to the Centre Block, to a campus approach that will better support the operations of Parliament, as well as the Prime Minister’s and Privy Council Offices and ensure that all buildings in the precinct are preserved and maintained for another 150 years.
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