PCL is part of a public-private-partnership team named Plenary Properties Gatineau (PPG), selected by the Government of Canada and Library and Archives (LAC), to build the new preservation facility in Gatineau, Quebec. The facility, intended to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada, supports the LAC’s 500-year archival preservation objective and 100-year building lifespan. It will be the first net zero carbon building dedicated to the preservation of archives in the Americas, the first federal building built to the requirements of Canada’s Greening Government Strategy, and the world’s largest preservation facility equipped with the advanced technology of an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) for archival materials. The vaults within the existing Preservation Centre will also be reconfigured as part of the project, to further optimize LAC’s collection storage capacity.
The design, build, finance, and maintain (DBFM) delivery of this purpose-built, 11,920-square-meter preservation facility will be linked to the LAC’s existing Preservation Centre (also built by PCL). In addition to the building envelope and connection, the facility will contain six vaults containing archival records, fitted with high-density shelving and each including an ASRS. Each vault will require specific temperature and humidity set points as well as security and fire prevention and suppression systems. The project is set to achieve LEED Silver at a minimum.