January 11, 2012 by Andrew Snook
OTTAWA – The EllisDon Corporation has been awarded $209 million in contracts to help extend the life of two heritage buildings in Canada’s capital, the Wellington Building and the former Bank of Montreal Building.
The construction giant beat out six other firms to secure a $143-million contract for extensive work on the Wellington Building, located at 180 Wellington Street in Ottawa.
Public Works and Government Services Canada are hoping to extend the life of the heritage building by upgrading its infrastructure and safety systems. The project is designed to transform the building from an administrative office space into parliamentary accommodations, including 69 parliamentary offices and 10 committee rooms.
The first of two phases for the renovations, which began in 2010, concentrated on interior demolition, structural seismic upgrades and exterior restoration.
The second phase – which EllisDon was recently awarded – will focus on a major fit-up of the interior space, including the parliamentary offices and committee rooms, as well as new mechanical, electrical and control systems.
EllisDon’s work on the former Bank of Montreal Building, located at 144 Wellington Street, will include a full rehabilitation at a cost of $66 million.
The former bank will be transformed into the permanent location for the Confederation Room, which will host ceremonial events and large meetings for Parliament.
The work on both buildings is part of the Long-Term Vision and Plan (LTVP), designed to rehabilitate the core Parliament Buildings. Both projects are scheduled to begin this month and be completed by 2015.