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PSPC moves forward with West Memorial Building rehabilitation

A heritage building is set to become more energy-efficient.


July 2, 2019
By Peter Saunders
Peter Saunders
West Memorial Building, Ottawa.Photo courtesy PSPC.

July 2, 2019 – Following design concept approval, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is moving forward with the rehabilitation and ‘greening’ of Ottawa’s West Memorial Building, which will make it more energy-efficient.

Last week, the National Capital Commission (NCC) approved designs for the heritage facility’s new visitor entrance, landscaping and exterior lighting. This milestone now allows PSPC to proceed with detailed design and construction.

Plans include triple-glazed windows, increased insulation in the walls and roof and high-efficiency heating, cooling and lighting systems. These measures are expected to reduce the energy consumption of the federal building—which was built between 1954 and 1958—by 45%.

“The rehabilitation of the West Memorial Building is incorporating ‘greening’ measures while preserving the historical significance of the building,” says Carla Qualtrough, minister of public services and procurement and accessibility. “It will reinforce our commitment to reducing energy consumption within our operations.”

The construction work is scheduled to begin this fall.