A young boy’s eyes trail from the seat in front of him to
the car window; he speaks excitedly.
is the Canadian War Museum. We have arrived in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital Region.”
Grandpa’s eyes lock onto the building. Despite his 30
years spent with PCL managing projects, he is still able to study the building’s
features as if he has never seen them.. . . His eyes follow the aluminum-framed
glazed entrances to meet with the tall copper fin emerging from the roof top.
From the side of the building he recognizes “Lest we forget” printed by tiny
windows in Morse code in English, then in French. He feels a presence of
strength and remembrance.
was built to honor and remember. The Canadian War Museum recognizes and highlights
defining moments in Canada’s history. Our history not only symbolizes the past,
but it also helps us to understand what has shaped today and what will shape
The man and his grandson continue in
the car. The young boy’s eyes wander furiously and meet with a passing
“What about this
building, Grandpa, does it pay tribute too?”
“Indeed it does, but in a different way. This is The National Arts Centre, a home that celebrates our Canadian artists through theatre, dance, and
performing arts. It also showcases arts from around the world!”
He too begins to study the new hexagonal tower of glass
and steel emerging from the NAC design. Sunlight is reflected from the top of
the tower back to him and his grandson.
“Grandpa, did you build these?”
alone, Michael. PCL has built and rejuvenated these buildings, but they are
much more than brick and plaster. They are designed to be used by and for the
communities that make up our home here in Canada. If there is one thing I
remember from my time working at PCL, it is our spirit to give back to the
community that continues to give us so much."
“So you build the
community to help build Canada?”
To be continued . . .