Public Works and Government Services Canada
The restoration of the West Block of Parliament is one of the largest rehabilitation projects in North America. The 19th-century building is being completely modernized with state-of-the-art facilities, while the heritage and character-defining elements are being preserved with the utmost respect and sensitivity. The project itself is of historic significance as it is the first time in 100 years that a new House of Commons is being built and the government is being relocated. The Parliament buildings are classified federal heritage buildings and are the finest examples of neo-Gothic architecture in North America. EVOQ, in joint venture with Architecture 49, was mandated to conduct a Heritage Structure Report, conduct two pilot projects on the Southeast and North Towers, restore and rehabilitate the exterior envelope, and design the contemporary addition of an interim House of Commons under a glass canopy roof.
Preservation of a Heritage Building Award for the Southeast Tower Restoration project at the West Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, awarded by the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP).
Minister’s Award from Public Works and Government Services Canada for the West Block Renovation project, Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
“From the sandstone exterior replenished from the fruits of three quarries, to the cabling infrastructure, to interior fit-ups, the restoration will marry 21st-century requirements and approaches with 19th century artisanship.”
Robert Wright, executive director of major Crown projects for the parliamentary precinct.