GATINEAU, QUE. — A $14.2-million contract has been awarded to the joint venture of Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. to design and architectural services for the West Memorial Building in Ottawa.
The contract is the result of a competitive tendering process initiated last summer. A Request for Proposals to select a construction management firm will be launched in summer 2018.
According to a release issued by Public Services and Procurement Canada, the building, which is currently unused, will become an accessible and modern workplace that meets today’s health, safety and environmental standards.
In the interim, the heritage asset will serve as temporary accommodation for all occupants of the Supreme Court of Canada Building during the future rehabilitation work on that building.
The West Memorial Building was constructed between 1954 and 1958 and rehabilitating the building will serve to preserve the memorial that honours Canadians who served the country during the Second World War. The West Memorial Building, the East Memorial Building and the connecting Commemorative Memorial Archway form Canada’s primary Second World War memorial.
“We are pleased to announce the first milestone in this important project and also honoured to be part of the rejuvenation of this heritage building. Revitalizing this memorial is another way for us to honour our Canadian veterans,” said Minister of Public Services and Procurement Carla Qualtrough in a statement.
The objective is to make the West Memorial Building as green as possible while respecting its heritage character, adds the release.