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Renovating the Government Conference Centre, in pictures

By Laura Ryckewaert      
A recent picture of the Government Conference Centre concourse with construction underway to build an interim Senate Chamber, left, combined with an artist’s rendering of the future plan, right. The ceiling of the new Chamber space, which will be used beginning in 2018 after Centre Block is emptied for construction will include a lay light—somewhat mirroring the glass ceiling that will top the interim House of Commons Chamber being built in the West Block building courtyard also as temporary space while the Centre Block is under construction and renovation. Photograph courtesy of PSPC Photograph courtesy of PSPC
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Ottawa’s old train station, known as the Government Conference Centre, located at 2 Rideau St., has been under construction since 2014 and is being renovated to serve as an interim home for the Senate. It will have a temporary Senate Chamber, Senate leadership offices, and administration offices. The Senate will move into the space in 2018 and will remain in the building for roughly a decade while the Centre Block is being renovated. Originally built in 1912, the old train station was already

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