La Cité was the first French language college of applied arts and technology in Ontario, hosting approximately 3,000 students. The work of this fasttrack, sequentially tendered, construction-management contract consisted of the demolition of several existing buildings and the construction of seven new buildings, three floors in height, with a total floor area of 452,000 square feet, as well as the renovation of a single existing building with a floor area of 8,000 square feet. Site work on the 58 acres included access roads, 1,600 parking spaces, 16,800 lineal feet of trenching for site services, and lighting and landscaping. Structural work included three precast buildings and three cast-in-place concrete structures, with the gymnasium constructed of masonry and structural steel. The envelope consists of a combination of curtain wall and Tyndall stone on the exterior wall with a conventional built-up roof.
Relationship building was key to the success of this expansive project. PCL worked closely with the client to create an environment based on teamwork, a key element in overcoming challenges. Positive working relationships were also developed with adjacent properties, creating an open dialogue with neighbors and the public with respect to project activities. Owing to the magnitude of the new educational facility, PCL worked with numerous jurisdictional authorities and agencies, including the National Capital Commission, City of Ottawa, the (former) Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, and local transportation provider OC Transpo.
In keeping with the fundamental philosophy of the institution, PCL provided the owner with a complete construction management services package in the French language.