Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

October 25, 2010 08:00 ET

Voltigeurs de Quebec Armoury: The Government of Canada Launches a Call for Tenders to Obtain Architectural Concepts

QUÉBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2010) - The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister for La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Quebec City Region, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced that the Government of Canada is launching a call for tenders for the purpose of preparing architectural concepts and drawings for the rebuilding of Quebec City's Grande Allée Armoury.

A notice to that effect has just been posted on the government's electronic tendering service, commonly known as MERX™, for the purpose of awarding a contract to an architectural and engineering consulting firm. This contract will also include an option for the preparation of plans and specifications and future worksite monitoring. An independent firm specializing in fairness monitoring will be used to oversee the competitive process for the awarding of this contract.

"In June of this year, our government established a plan for the future of Québec City's Grande Allée Armoury as well as a schedule for its reconstruction," said Minister Verner. "The call for tenders announced today confirms our determination to stay on schedule. We are now at a new, crucial stage of the projects, and, with the development of architectural plans and specifications, this new Manège will begin to take definite shape for the people of Québec City."

In order to prepare the site for reconstruction of the Armoury, the work announced last June is progressing and will be completed by the end of the winter. Federal government environmental and architectural heritage experts have conducted surveys as well as drawn up plans and specifications for the work associated with the existing components of the building to be preserved or restored.

Finally, in consultation with Québec City organizations, a detailed program for optimum allocation of the Armoury's interior space is being implemented in order to determine the best use of space in the mixed-use building and to identify potential occupants.

This complex work must be completed before the reconstruction phase can begin. Every effort is being made to ensure that the heritage designation of this national historic site of Canada is preserved.

The 2010 Budget tabled in March confirms the Government of Canada's firm commitment to rebuilding the Armoury.

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Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury Reconstruction Project

The Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury was built in 1887 and declared a National Historic Site by the Government of Canada in 1986. This heritage building is considered the historical home of the Voltigeurs Regiment, the oldest French-speaking infantry unit in the Canadian Armed Forces.

On April 4, 2008, the Armoury was heavily damaged by a fire. A few days after this incident, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, and the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister responsible for the Quebec City Region, confirmed the Government of Canada's intention to study all options for rebuilding the Armoury, a proud symbol of Quebec City's military history.

To facilitate reconstruction of the building, one of the government's first actions was to have the site cleaned, starting in April 2008, and to preserve the remaining structure. This major task, carried out by the Department of National Defence and Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), was completed in October 2009 and included several technical analyses carried out by professionals.

The commitment made by the Prime Minister and Minister Verner was confirmed in the 2009 Budget, which allocated $2 million for the development of a future plan for the Armoury.

On April 4, 2009, Minister Verner announced that public consultations with Quebec City residents and interested partners would be held so that proposals for the building's future could be submitted. The consultations were held in May and June 2009 and included a public session as well as a questionnaire that could be mailed in or completed online on a website.

The report of the findings of the consultations was released on September 29, 2009. Overall, the report stated that the public was in favour of preserving the original appearance and heritage designation of the Armoury, safeguarding the site's historical and commemorative aspects, making the building accessible and developing multiple uses for the site.

The final report is available at

The Government of Canada then hired a firm specializing in real property to study the feasibility and cost effectiveness of proposals made during the public consultations. The firm submitted its report to PWGSC in late December 2009.

The future plan announced by Minister Verner in June 2010 proposed that the reconstructed building highlight the Armoury's military heritage and cultural importance while being accessible to the public, and that it also house federal government offices. The plan also proposed that Canadian Forces units continue to participate in ceremonies held at the Armoury, that the premises be used to commemorate the military history of the units associated with the site and that there be a multi-purpose room for holding cultural and community activities.

Once the overall purposes of the Armoury were defined, the processes leading up to the Armoury's reconstruction could get under way. A series of rehabilitation projects and technical analyses, at an estimated cost of $3.5 million, have begun and will be completed in 2011.

Federal government environmental and architectural heritage experts have conducted surveys and drawn up plans and specifications for the work associated with components to be preserved or restored. Some of the components have been sorted and stored outside the buildings on the site. Other projects for rehabilitating the existing structure include a cleanup of the interior of the fire-damaged building; an assessment of the masonry; a thorough cleaning and partial deconstruction and structural reinforcement of the building; and the installation of temporary heating and ventilation systems.

Lastly, once the results of the call for tenders are known, the concept and drawings will be unveiled for Quebec City residents.

Contact Information

  • Rebecca Thompson
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Ambrose
    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Jimmy Laforge
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs,
    President of the Queen's Privy
    Council for Canada and Minister for La Francophonie