1 Wellington St. LTVP construction work: Interior renovations to provide space for Parliamentary committee meetings. Construction began: 2007 Construction ended: Fall 2010 Cost: $23.6-million Permanent use: Right beside the Château Laurier, 1 Wellington St. was renovated to serve as long-term Parliamentary committee space, but is also a key interim space that was prepped to accommodate the closure of the West Block. La Promenade Building (151 Sparks St.): LTVP construction work: Interior fit-up to accommodate Parliamentary functions (offices, committee rooms). Construction began: 2007 Construction ended: December 2010 Cost: $72-million Interim purpose: Provides space for 62 Parliamentarians’ offices and three committee rooms during West Block renovations. It also has a cafeteria and printing and postal services. Permanent use: Will house administration employees for the House and the Library of Parliament. This was its previous function. While La Promenade serves as interim space for the West Block, these functions are in interim spaces in leased office buildings downtown. West Block: Construction began: February 2011. Current work: Exterior masonry work on the building continues, including in the West Block’s courtyard where masonry restoration has to be completed before excavation can begin for the construction of the glass-dome infill which will serve as the temporary House of Commons Chamber once the Centre Block goes under the hammer. Inside, mechanical and electrical systems are currently being updated. Overall work includes: A complete restoration of the building’s towers, the abatement of hazardous materials, interior demolition and renovation, repairs to exterior masonry, heritage restoration. Construction will end: 2017 Cost: Currently estimated at a total cost of $863-million, including a $115-million glass-dome infill. Contractors: The EllisDon Corporation is doing demolition work; PCL Constructors Canada was awarded the subsequent construction contracts for the building; a joint design venture of ARCOP/FGM Architects has also been contracted for work in the building and the construction of the infill. Interim functions: Once work is complete, the West Block will serve as interim space for House of Commons functions while Centre Block is under construction, with the courtyard infill set to serve as the interim House Chamber starting in 2018. Permanent use: When work on the Centre Block is complete, the West Block will return to its function of providing both office space and committee rooms. The courtyard infill will be used as additional committee space. Wellington Building (180 Wellington St.): Construction began: April 2010. Current work: After more than two years of extensive demolition work, the current focus is on interior reconstruction and updating mechanical and electrical systems. Overall work includes: The building required a full seismic upgrade, large-scale interior demolition, hazardous material abatement of abestos, and the restoration and renovation of the buildings exterior and interior, respectively. Construction will end: Late 2015 Cost: Currently estimated at a total of $425.2-million Contractors: PCL Constructors was awarded the contract for phase one work (abatement, interior demolition, seismic upgrade); the EllisDon Corporation was awarded the contract for phase 2 work (interior fit-up etc.). NORR Limited, Architects and Engineers was contracted to act as design consultant for the project. Interim functions: Will provide space for 69 Parliamentarians’ offices and 10 committee rooms for Senate and House of Commons functions when Centre Block goes under construction. Permanent use: Will be home to House of Commons Administration and is one of the spaces being used to consolidate the House Administration functions currently spread throughout the downtown core. East Block: Construction began: Work on the northwest tower began in August 2011, and is now complete. Exterior masonry restoration work for the rest of the East Block is currently being planned. Rehabilitation of the East Block is now slated to follow work on Centre Block, which won’t begin until 2018 and could take 10 years. Overall work includes: The building’s overall rehabilitation remains in the planning stage; Public Works has said as such, costs and timelines are not currently available. Plans for a courtyard infill to serve as the temporary Senate Chamber have been scrapped due to concerns over cost. Northwest Tower contract and cost: A $6.6-million contract for the tower’s rehabilitation was awarded to Lari Construction. Permanent use: Will house Parliamentarians’ offices and committee rooms of the Senate; the courtyard infill will be converted to committee rooms. Sir John A. Macdonald Building (144 Wellington St.): The Crown expropriated the former Bank of Montreal’s main Ottawa branch in 1973. On Jan. 11, 2012, the building was renamed the Sir John A. Macdonald Building. Construction began: April 2012 Current work: Focused on exterior masonry restoration, interior refurbishment and finishing construction of an annex addition. Overall work includes: Rehabilitating exterior masonry and windows, a structural seismic upgrading, replacing the mechanical and electrical systems, removing hazardous substances (ex: asbestos), and an interior fit-up of the space to meet the functional requirements of the former Confederation Room 200. An addition will also be constructed to house support functions, and will also include committee space. Construction will end: 2015. Cost: Estimated at a total cost of $99-million Contractors: The EllisDon Corporation was awarded the contract for the building’s full rehabilitation. The building is being designed by prime contractor NORR Limited Architects and Engineers, a Toronto firm. Permanent use: Will replace West Block’s Confederation Room to accommodate special Parliamentary events, and the new annex addition will also have a space for committee meetings. Government Conference Centre: Construction begins: 2014 Overall work includes: Overall rehabilitation of the building, as well as refitting the space to accommodate interim Senate functions, including the Senate Chamber and a number of offices. Construction will end: To be ready for 2018. Cost: An estimated total cost of $190-million Contractors: Prime consultant and construction management contracts are expected to be awarded in early 2014. Interim function: Part of the building will serve as the interim Senate Chamber, rather than an infill being built in the East Block’s courtyard (as was the original plan, which was intended to mirror temporary House Chamber in West Block’s courtyard). Along with the interim Senate Chamber, the GCC will also house 21 related offices, three committee rooms and other support spaces. Permanent use: When Centre Block is complete, the building will return to its regular function as the Government Conference Centre. Centre Block: Construction begins: 2018. Current stage: At the end of April 2012, Public Works said planning for the building’s rehabilitation was “being initiated,” and as a result timelines and costs are not yet available. Interim space it will use: The building’s House of Commons and Senate functions will be temporarily relocated to the West Block and Government Conference Centre, respectively. Security Perimeter Project: Construction began: October 2012 Work completed: Retractable bollards and security cameras were installed at the Bank Street, South Drive and Elgin Street entrances. The Vaux Wall, the historic wall lining the precinct, was “restored” at the West and East gate vehicle entrances, which flank either side of the Queen’s gate, and four pedestrian access points with iron gates were put in place. The green Parliamentary buses, which previously entered through the East gate, now enter through the Elgin Street gate. Total cost: The design service contract, awarded to Dessau Inc., cost approximately $1.5-million; the construction services contract, awarded to EllisDon Corporation, costs approximately $8.3-million. Construction ended: June 2013 Visitor’s Welcome Centre: Proposed location: The Welcome Centre would be built underground in three phases as part of West Block, East Block, and Centre Block renovations, respectively. Once complete, all three sections will function as one Welcome Centre for all three buildings. Proposed function: To provide visitor welcoming and screening services, and shipping and receiving facilities. Current stage: This project is currently in its planning phase; Public Works said it was not scheduled to be part of this first, five-year plan of the LTVP for the Parliament precinct. Planned timeline: Construction of the centre will be conducted in three phases. Work on the first phase is set to begin in 2014 and finish in 2017. Justice Building/Confederation Building Infill: (Proposed) Proposed location: As the name suggests, this infill would be constructed between the Justice and Confederation buildings, with the three ultimately being linked together. Proposed function: To provide additional office space required for core Parliamentary functions. Current stage: This project is currently in its planning phase; it was not scheduled to be part of the current, five-year plan of the LTVP for the Parliament precinct. West Terrace Pavilion: (Proposed) Proposed location: Between the West Block and Confederation building at the top of Bank St. It’s intended location has led the building to be dubbed the Bank Street Building. Proposed function: To provide space for large committee rooms for the House of Commons and offices for Senators. Current stage: This project is currently in its planning phase; it was not scheduled to be part of the current, five-year plan of the LTVP for the Parliament precinct. —Compiled by Laura Ryckewaert on Jan. 10, 2014.