Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

October 06, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Redeveloping 90 Elgin Street Site Ottawa's Ceremonial Route to Get a New Jewel

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced that the Government of Canada is moving forward with the redevelopment of the 90 Elgin Street site.

"Today we have launched a request for qualification, the first step in redeveloping this key downtown site," said Minister Paradis. "Throughout the process we will be working with both the public and private sectors to put forward a project that takes full advantage of the building's location on Ottawa's Ceremonial Route."

The process will include a review by the Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty of the National Capital Commission. This open and transparent process once again underlines this Government's willingness to work with all stakeholders to provide the most cost-effective approach for Canadian taxpayers.

"As part of our greening government initiative this new building will be designed and constructed to meet LEED Gold certification as well as the National Capital Commission-approved urban design guidelines," added Minister Paradis.

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The Lorne Building, located at 90 Elgin Street in Ottawa, was completed in 1961 and until 1986 housed the National Gallery of Canada, including exhibition space and conservation and restoration laboratories.

The building is 48 years-old and has never undergone major renovations. The building has been used since 1990 for office space for a number of federal departments.

The site is prominently situated on Ottawa's Ceremonial Route, directly across the street from the National Arts Centre and Confederation Park and just south of the National War Memorial. The site has been designated by the National Capital Commission (NCC) as protected National Interest Land Mass (NILM) lands as it is considered essential to the realization of the "Vision for Canada's Capital".

The redevelopment project will be undertaken through a Lease-Purchase approach. Therefore a developer will lease the lands, deconstruct the existing building, design, finance and construct a new building. Upon completion the building will be leased to the Government for a period of 25 years. At the end of that lease ownership of the building will be transferred to the Crown at no cost.

In keeping with the government's Accommodation Strategy for the National Capital Area (NCA), PWGSC aims to address some key issues such as the need for swing space, the need to renovate some aging properties, the replacement of expiring leases, and to implement our latest standards for green buildings and accessibility in the proposed new office building.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
    Minister of Public Works and Government Services
    Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante
    Press Secretary
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations