PSPC selects architectural and design firms for West Memorial Building renovation project

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West Memorial Building in Ottawa
West Memorial Building in Ottawa

The Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded a $14.2-million contract to a joint venture of Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. to design the West Memorial Building in Ottawa.

The seven-story West Memorial Building, located at 334 Wellington Street, is currently unoccupied. The federal government wants to turn it into a modern workplace that meets today’s health, safety and environmental standards. Rehabilitating the building is an important project that will serve to preserve this memorial that honors Canadians who served the country during the Second World War, PSPC said in a statement.

The project is designed to update the building to accommodate the daily operations of all occupants of the Supreme Court of Canada Building, who will occupy the West Memorial Building from 2023 to 2028. It includes:

– The major rehabilitation of heritage fabric, including exterior walls, windows and interior finishes

– The major rehabilitation of mechanical, electrical and life safety systems

– The modernization of information technology, multimedia and security systems

– The seismic upgrading to current building code requirements

– The interior fit-up for occupants of the Supreme Court of Canada Building

Once the Supreme Court of Canada Building is rehabilitated, the interior of the West Memorial Building will be fit-up as long-term office space for future federal government occupants. It will be a modern workplace that meets today’s health, safety and environmental standards.

A request for proposal to select a construction management firm will be launched in summer 2018.

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