Ottawa Parliamentary Precinct Renewal Case Study
The buildings that comprise the Parliamentary Triad—the West Block, Centre Block, and East Block—are some of Canada’s most significant historic and cultural landmarks.
At the turn of the 21st century, leaders in the federal government recognized the need both to preserve and modernize these iconic symbols of Canadian democracy.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is managing the multi-decade effort to rehabilitate these heritage buildings while also meeting accommodation and accessibility requirements and maintaining a secure and welcoming environment for parliamentarians, staff, and visitors.
The Long Term Vision and Plan called for relocating Parliament from the Centre Block during the building’s renovation, which is expected to be the largest heritage restoration project of its kind in Canada. (There are approximately 25,000 heritage elements in the Centre Block alone, ranging from light fixtures to frescoes.)
This required planning to complete work on the the Government Conference Centre and the West Block first so these buildings could accommodate the Senate of Canada and the House of Commons respectively during Centre Block construction.
Restoration of the Government Conference Centre began in 2014. Project scope included complete rehabilitation of the building and accommodation of Senate functions.
Restoration of the West Block began in 2011. Project scope included complete rehabilitation of the West Block building and transformation of the central courtyard from an outdoor space into an interim House of Commons for the next 10 years.
PSPC's Comprehensive Project Management Approach
National Project Management System (NPMS). PSPC uses a project management framework that provides direction and tools and ensures critical knowledge capture.
Proven Practices. Sound project management practices for the project were affirmed by Canada’s Auditor General in 2010, and confirmed by a 2012 independent review.
Independent Reviews. Experts review all construction proposals from prime contractors, and evaluate cost estimates monthly.