of Canada Building
recently underwent a major transformation. For almost five
years, PCL Construction has performed expert historical
work at this 106-year-old former train station.
Originally built in 1912 as the Grand Trunk Central Station
and later named Union Station, the building was converted to the Government
Conference Centre in 1967, and classified as a Federal Heritage Building in
1988. Renamed the Senate of Canada Building in December 2018, it is now the interim home of the Senate while Parliament Hill’s
Centre Block receives its first major renovation since the building’s wholesale
destruction by fire in 1916.
Historical rehabilitation work
on the Senate of Canada Building included stabilizing and repairing vaulted
plaster ceilings and walls; repairing iron façades, wood doors, and windows;
replacing selective stonework; and refurbishing light fixtures. New additions
to the building included seismic upgrades, two new mechanical rooms, a new
loading dock, and an interior fit-up with new office spaces and meeting rooms.
During the restoration, the historical façade of the
building was kept intact to showcase its original glory. Complementary new
functional components to the building are modern with a historical, Canadian
theme including building the Senate Chamber.
The Senate of Canada Building is now complete. Tours of the
newly renovated building are available through the Parliament of Canada website.