Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

December 16, 2011 18:53 ET

Renovations to Key Parliament Buildings Continue

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2011) -

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Public Works and Government Services Canada announced today the awarding of a contract that will advance the renovation of the Wellington Building, one of the key projects that facilitate the rehabilitation of the core Parliament Buildings.

The Wellington Building, located at 180 Wellington Street, is a heritage building at the end of its life expectancy. The building is being renovated to extend its lifecycle by upgrading its infrastructure and safety systems.

The complete renovation and modernization of the building will transform it from an administrative office space into parliamentary accommodations so that the East Block and the Centre Block can be emptied and fully restored.

The renovation of the Wellington Building is part of the Parliamentary Precinct. The modernization of structures within the Parliamentary Precinct will ensure that they continue to serve at the heart of Canada's democratic system well into the 21st century.

The work is being completed in two phases to expedite the project delivery. The first phase of the project began in 2010 and focused on interior demolition, structural seismic upgrades and exterior restoration. This construction management contract will continue the next phase of the project and consists of the major fit-up of the interior space, including 69 parliamentary offices and 10 committee rooms, and new mechanical, electrical and control systems. The work is scheduled to begin in January 2012.

The awarding of the construction management contract was based on a best-value, competitive approach that was carried out in two stages. In the first stage, seven firms qualified to bid; five of the pre-qualified firms submitted bids in the second stage.

The entire process was observed by an independent Fairness Monitor to verify that it was carried out in a fair, open and transparent manner.

Public Works and Government Services Canada awarded the construction management contract, as the second part of the two-phase project, to EllisDon Corporation, of Ottawa, Ontario. The total cost of the contract for the major interior fit-up and systems upgrade is valued at $143 million. Through the rehabilitation of the buildings of the Parliamentary Precinct, the Government of Canada is stimulating the economy and creating jobs, particularly within the specialized labour force.

The completion date for the full renovation of the Wellington Building is 2015.

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Wellington Building Renovation

To ensure that our parliamentary heritage is preserved, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and its parliamentary partners (the House of Commons, the Senate and the Library of Parliament) established a coordinated approach to the restoration and modernization of the Parliamentary Precinct. The Wellington Building is an integral part of that approach.

The Wellington Building will be fully renovated to provide critical accommodation space for parliamentarians so that the East Block and Centre Block can be fully restored.

Architectural History

The Wellington Building was constructed in 1925-1927 for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. In 1959, a six-storey addition was built to the east and two storeys were added to the existing building. Over time, progressive interior and exterior adaptations have had an impact on its original design.

In 1986, the building was recognized as a national heritage asset, a fine example of the neoclassical beaux-arts style in Canada's Capital.

The Renovation Work

The Wellington Building requires renovation to restore its heritage elements, such as the elevators, canopy and ground floor lobby. The building's exterior will be cleaned and repaired, the windows replaced with units that closely match the original design, the ground floor of the Sparks Street facade will be reconstructed to the original design, and commercial rental space will be restored.

The Wellington Building will be fully renovated throughout its six floors and two basement levels to provide 69 parliamentary offices and 10 committee rooms.

As part of the renovation, an atrium will be created in the core of the building. The upper portion of the atrium will house a resource library; the mid-portion will house large, column-free committee rooms; and the lower portion will house the main entrance lobby and escalators to the committee room floors. A glazed skylight will allow natural light to fill the space.

Contracting process

A construction management contract to oversee the next phase of the Wellington Building Renovation project was awarded. The main reason for hiring a construction management firm on this large-scale and complex project is to enable multiple construction firms to work on the building simultaneously.

The tender process for selecting contractors was a two-stage process.

The first stage consisted of the pre-qualification of interested firms. This was based on having undertaken projects of similar dollar value, health and safety record, financial capacity, as well as capacity to provide a bond and to insure the project.

The second stage of the process consisted of a Request for Proposal to all pre-qualified firms.

The winning firm had the best combination of technical score and price, which determined the best proposal.

As with all major contracts on Parliament Hill, an independent Fairness Monitor oversaw the entire competitive process and confirmed that the process was completed in a fair, open, competitive and transparent manner.

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