Groundbreaking of new Archives Canada preservation facility
Once complete in 2022 it will be the first Net Zero Carbon archival centre in the Americas.
Construction on the new net-zero carbon 12,900 sq. m. preservation facility at the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Gatineau has begun.
The addition of the new building, which will be linked to the existing preservation centre, will allow LAC to consolidate its growing collection and guarantee the long-term preservation of analogue textual holdings and audiovisual materials, which require very special conditions.
The centre will provide 21,240 cubic metres, or the equivalent of about 8.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools, of collection storage capacity and will also be one of the world’s largest facilities equipped with an automated storage and retrieval system for archival collections.
The $330 million P3 contract for this project was awarded to Plenary Properties Gatineau — made up of Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd.; PCL Investments (Canada) Inc.; B+H Architects; PCL Constructors Eastern Inc.; and ENGIE Services Inc.
The facility is slated to be in operation by summer 2022.