Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre

Rank 2024


Image Credit: Government of Canada

Industry Sector: Buildings

Project Type: Public Spaces

Project Value: $580 million

Funding Source: P3

Federal Funding: $580 million

Province: Quebec

City / Region: Gatineau

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2022

Plenary Properties Gatineau (PPG) was chosen by the Government of Canada to design, build, finance, and maintain Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) new preservation facility to be constructed adjacent to its existing preservation centre. The new state-of-the-art preservation facility is a solution to LAC’s ongoing and future needs for special purpose infrastructure that provides appropriate preservation and access space for its analogue archival holdings. The new preservation centre will be the first net-zero carbon facility dedicated to archival preservation in the Americas, and the first federal building constructed to the requirements of Canada’s Greening Government Strategy. The building is being constructed across from the current facility, located in Gatineau, Quebec. The building, containing archival records, will include six vaults, each fitted with high-density shelving and an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). Each vault will require specific temperature and humidity set points as well as security and fire prevention and suppression systems.

Project Owner: Government of Canada

Engineer: Stantec (design)

P3 Team Members/Project Team: DBFOM Team: Plenary Partners Gatineau — B+H Architects; Group (Canada) Ltd.; PCL Constructors Eastern Inc.; PCL Investments Inc.; ENGIE Services Inc.

Other Key Players: Morrison Hershfield (BE/CLS work); EY (P3 advisor); Deloitte (financial advisor); Aon (risk advisor); Hanscomb (cost consultant); Tiree/Colliers Project Leaders Inc. (project management support services);

2022 Rank: 86

2021 Rank: 77

2020 Rank: 79