An essential investment
No major renovations have been made to Centre Block in more than 100 years. Today, it is in great need of repairs.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has committed a budget to restoring and modernizing the building.
Investing today, for the future
Since 1927, only minor repairs have been made to the Centre Block. However, short-term fixes are no longer a cost-effective option for preserving the building.
The 2010 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada predicted Centre Block would experience "total failure" sometime between 2019 and 2025. PSPC wants to begin addressing these issues before 2019.
Centre Block currently has outdated systems and suffers from crumbling mortar, damaged sculpture and stained glass, and aging water pipes. Earthquake proofing and security are also issues that must be addressed.
Several systems are very old and need replacing. For example, the original electrical system cannot safely handle modern technology like computers.
The "Centre Block Restoration and Modernization project" is part of a group of other important reconstruction projects involving the triad (Centre Block, West Block, and East Block).
A complex undertaking
The Centre Block project will include:
- restoring the building's stonework, wood, plaster, frescos, stained glass and metalwork
- earthquake proofing
- replacing mechanical, electrical and fire safety systems
- installing new Information Technology (IT), multimedia and security systems
- creating more seating in the Senate and House of Commons
- building a Visitor Welcome Centre complex
- restoring the Peace Tower
PSPC is committed to finding ways to protect heritage features in the building.
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