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Pomerleau awarded Parliamentary Precinct redevelopment contract

By Adam Freill   

Construction Institutional

Pomerleau Inc. wins $2.8-million construction management services contract for the first phase of the Block 2 Redevelopment Project.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded Pomerleau Inc. a $2.8-million construction management services contract for the first phase of the Block 2 Redevelopment Project. This redevelopment calls for the transformation of aging buildings into an innovative complex that creates a new fourth wall to parliament square, in a way that respects our past and embraces our future.

The renewal of Block 2 is part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to restore and modernize Canada’s Parliamentary Precinct. The ministry explained that extensive work is underway within the Parliamentary Precinct to meet the needs of a 21st-century parliamentary democracy and to provide engaging spaces for all Canadians.

Block 2 is the city block immediately south of Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa, facing the Centre Block and Peace Tower to the north, and bounded by Metcalfe, Wellington, O’Connor and Sparks streets.


“The selection of a construction manager for Block 2 is a key step in bringing our collective vision to reality to ensure the Parliamentary Precinct is a space that works for and inspires not just Parliamentarians, but all Canadians for many generations to come,” stated the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

“This exciting project will complete the parliamentary square and will contribute to the revitalization of our downtown core. With an innovative concept, people-first spaces, and sustainable features, this project will bring a renewed vibrancy to Wellington Street and the Parliamentary Precinct,” added Yasir Naqvi, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Centre.

The scope of the contract includes advisory services, as well as services for pre-construction, construction and post-construction. Construction work for the project will include the decommissioning of old building systems, demolition and abatement of hazardous material, heritage protection and restoration, excavation, structural reinforcement and seismic upgrades of existing buildings, new building construction, new mechanical and electrical systems, and landscape work.

Once complete, the redesigned Block 2 will provide office space for the Senate and the House of Commons and will allow for the future consolidation of parliamentary accommodations, including space for the Library of Parliament. It will also include renovated retail space in the Sparks Street Mall.




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