PCL : Victoria Memorial Museum Building Rehabilitation
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Victoria Memorial Museum Building Rehabilitation

Project Overview

The historic Victoria Memorial Museum Building was constructed between 1906 and 1911, and housed Parliament from 1916 to 1920. Designated in 1986 as “Classified” by the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office (FHBRO), the building is ranked as the third most important in the fabric of Canada’s heritage. Restoration of the building, which currently houses the Canadian Museum of Nature, required extensive structural demolition and removal of major sections of floor and most of the existing interior finishes. Also included in the project: a complete conversion of mechanical and electrical systems, major heritage masonry restoration, and the installation of a new structural steel endoskeleton frame. A centerpiece design-build hanging structural glass lantern supported on a truss frame and 120’ steel pipe columns atop piers/raft slab was installed – all built within the existing building tower footprint.

This 203,492-square-foot load-bearing stone structure was renovated in phases to facilitate the client’s goal of continuous operation of the museum throughout the entire construction period. PCL worked closely with the client and consultants in solving large change volumes with the least possible impact to the construction schedule. This was achieved by assisting with design solutions and expedient resolution of trade contract changes.

DETAILS

CLIENT:
Canadian Museum of Nature
PROJECT LOCATION:
Ottawa, ON
PCL OFFICE:
Ottawa – Buildings & Civil Construction
COMPANY:
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
SECTOR:
Buildings
MARKETS:
Historical Restorations, Sports and Entertainment
DELIVERY METHOD:
Construction Management

Awards

Award of Excellence – Urban Infill (mid- to high-rise) (2011) - City of Ottawa Urban Design Awards

International Architecture Award - Best New Global Design (2011) - European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies

Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Design Excellence Award (2011) - Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)

GCAO Award of Excellence - Buildings $15 Million and Over (2011) - General Contractors Association of Ottawa (GCAO)