Tour: Federal Parliamentary Building, Interim home of The Senate

One of Ottawa’s most recognized buildings is undergoing a restoration and transformation to become the interim home for The Senate of Canada. The grand, century-old former train station in Beaux-Arts style that became the Government Conference Centre in the 1960s will see its architectural features restored and public access return when it opens in 2018.

Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with KWC Architects will reintroduce the processional route through the building while restoring the major public spaces including the finely detailed General Waiting Room and Concourse. The renewed spaces will house the Senate Chamber, Senate committee rooms and parliamentary offices and restore interior design features of columns, arches, large Diocletian windows and vaulted plaster ceilings. The building will house The Senate while the permanent Chamber in Parliament Hill’s Centre Block undergoes a decade-long renovation of its own.

As this tour will be on an active construction site, participants must provide their own safety gear, to include boots, vest, hat and glasses. Anyone not coming so equipped will not be allowed on the tour.

Tour groups of maximum ten people each will be led by Diamond Schmitt Architects’ Principal Martin Davidson and others from the design team on this 1.5-hour-long tour of the facility, which is located adjacent to the Festival hotel on the Rideau Canal.

Session Details

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Friday, May 26th, 2017: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
1.5 Self-directed learning hours
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Session Speaker(s)

Martin Davidson

In his twenty-five years with the firm, Martin Davidson has developed expertise in both historic renovation and new construction. From his early work on the Jerusalem City Hall and the Jewish Community Centre in Manhattan to his renovations to the Ontario Legislative Assembly building, he has distinguished himself on institutional buildings of varying scale and complexity. Recently, he was the project architect for Holy Blossom Temple and School in Toronto, a mixed-use tower in Buffalo, and the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building at Drexel University in Philadelphia, projects with a strong sustainable design focus.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

About Us

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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