A source of Canadian pride, the iconic Centre Block reflects our nation's people and history through awe-inspiring architecture, design and decor.
Transcript: Centre Block drone video
This video functions as a banner at the top of the web page and shows a view of the Centre Block of Parliament.
Captured using a flying drone, the footage begins with a flight around the Peace Tower and then pans back to show different views of the Centre Block.
The video ends showing the Canadian flag at the top of the Peace Tower.
Renovating the Centre Block
Built between 1916 and 1927, the Centre Block building is possibly Canada's most important national symbol. An icon of Canadian democracy, Centre Block has inspired millions upon millions of people who visit Parliament Hill.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is embarking on the largest heritage restoration project that Canada has ever seen. The objective: to preserve this majestic piece of our nation's history for generations to come.
As work begins on Centre Block, we invite you to follow its journey.
Rehabilitating a Canadian Icon
Transcript: Rehabilitating a Canadian Icon
At the heart of Canada’s democracy … is our Parliament … home to the two chambers, the House of Commons and the Senate.
Canadians know it as the backdrop for events and ceremonies …
It’s also where the issues of the day are debated and the laws of the country are made.
Hundreds of thousands of people tour inside every year.
But on February 3, 1916, some 100 years ago, fire stormed the Centre Block. Seven Canadians died. Only the Library of Parliament survived. Even as we fought in the First World War, the Centre Block was rebuilt.
The Peace Tower, with its Memorial Chamber and carillon, is our living memorial to over 60,000 Canadians who died for our country.
In April 1982, our Constitution was repatriated and its Charter of Rights and Freedoms was created. Our Charter keeps our freedoms alive.
Canadians come here to celebrate, hold rallies, and even exercise …
With the exception of the Library of Parliament, there has been no major rehabilitation of the Centre Block in over 100 years. Now, the Centre Block needs our help.
Our rehabilitation efforts will fully restore and modernize this iconic building while preserving its architectural heritage.
Many tradespeople and professionals will contribute their expertise.
Thousands of jobs for Canadians will be created.
This important building and the people who work here must be protected.
It will be the largest heritage rehabilitation project of its kind in Canada.
We want the Centre Block to remain at the heart ...... of our democracy ... as we build on our past for tomorrow.
For the first time since it was built, Centre Block will undergo major renovations, preserving a legacy for future generations.
Capitalizing on innovation
PSPC is working with Carleton University's Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) to develop a Building Information Model (BIM) of the Centre Block building. Watch this video to learn more about the ways in which this 3D digital model is helping to put Canada at the cutting edge of building information modeling for heritage conservation and architectural rehabilitation.
Transcript: Public Service and Procurement and Carleton Immersive Media Studio innovation of Centre Block
(Shot of Stephan Fai working at his computer)
Stephan Fai: I remember as a kid I grew up watching television and seeing this place called, you know, Parliament Hill (Close shot left side Stephan Fai's face) and thinking it was absolutely magical. (Shot focuses on CIMS business cards)
(Chest shot) Lara Chow: The project that we're working on here at CIMS is to develop a BIM of the Centre Block building.
(General shot of Centre Block CIMS research team working on computer) Stephan Fai: Building information modeling harnesses the power of three dimensional computer modelling. (Shot of screen showing Point Cloud data of the Senate Chamber). So the geometry, the accurate geometry, of a computer model. (Animated Building Information Model of Centreblock rotating showing detail). One of the machines we use sends out a signal at 1 million times per second. It does that a million times in 360 degrees. We take that information and we bring it into (Animated Building Information Model pans up the front of Centre Block building) the building information modeling software and we essentially trace in three dimensions from that metric data.
Lara Chow: What's innovative about BIM is that it also contains (chest shot of Stephan Fai) a lot of information that (wide shot of Stephan Fai presenting and CIMs researchers looking at screen) can be put into the building elements.
Stephan Fai: (Horizontal pan from left to right of CIMS researchers looking at TV screen) It can include the date something was made, (close up of Stephan Fai pointing to model on the screen) where it was manufactured, other information (Screen showing Centre Block BIM of the Senate Foyer) related to the geometry within that 3D model.
Samuel Dubois: (chest shot of Samuel Dubois) With BIM, we can integrate everything into one 3D model, (horizontal pan from right to left showing researchers working on computers) so that it makes collaboration between (close up of researcher working on computer) different project participants easier. (Close up of right side view of researcher face) (Screen showing user referencing multiple data sets including historic drawings.)
Lara Chow: We've been working on the project since the summer of two thousand fifteen. We've gathered point cloud data in collaboration with Heritage Conservation Services.
(chest shot of Stephan Fai) Stephan Fai: Our model will give the consultants, architects, and engineers an (close up of Stephan Fai) advantage of where they would have been if we hadn't prepared this model.
(Close up of researcher picking up virtual reality goggles) Stephan Fai: This project puts Canada (wide shot of CIMS researcher using virtual reality goggles) at the cutting edge of building (close up of CIMS wearing virtual reality goggles looking up and to the left) information modelling for heritage conservation and architectural rehabilitation.
Stephan Fai: This is the project of a lifetime.
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