Transportation and Works
November 5, 2010
Work to Continue on
Confederation Building Renovation
The Williams Government’s unprecedented
provincial infrastructure strategy is continuing to create and sustain
employment and improve public infrastructure throughout the province.
Included in this strategy are ongoing exterior renovations to the
Confederation Building, East Block in St. John’s.
“This is an important public building
that is home to the House of Assembly and public employees who help to
develop and deliver many important policies, programs and services that
serve the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said the Honourable Tom
Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works. “The renovations to be
carried out at this building will improve the comfort and safety of both
visitors and staff and help to prolong the life of the building itself.”
In 2008, the Department of Transportation
and Works engaged outside architectural and engineering consultants to
evaluate the condition of the building’s exterior. These consultants
identified significant deterioration to window systems and brickwork and
recommended replacement of all window systems and repair of the masonry.
Phase I of the project, which began last
fall and was completed last winter, saw the replacement of five vertical
columns of windows and spandrel panels on a section of the north face of
the East Block’s west wing, along with cleaning of the masonry and any
necessary repairs. During investigations carried out during the first
phase of work, it was determined that all sections of flat roof on the
building were also in need of replacement and that more extensive work
is required to repair some of the masonry.
In September of this year, a contract
valued at $34.3 million was awarded to Olympic Construction Limited for
Phase II of the exterior renovations. This contract calls for the
replacement of all remaining window systems and all flat roof sections.
Also under this contract, all remaining brickwork will be cleaned, and
repaired as necessary. This work will help to modernize and improve the
building and, at the same time, make it more energy efficient and
provide increased comfort and safety for occupants. Work is expected to
start in the coming weeks and to be completed before the end of 2013.
“Once renovations have been completed,
the Confederation Building, East Block, will be revitalized and ready to
serve the people of the province for many years to come,” said Minister
Hedderson. “This major renovation project is just one part of our
aggressive infrastructure strategy which is helping to create and
sustain employment and strengthen the province’s economy.”
Budget 2010: The Right Investments –
For Our Children and Our Future allocated a record $1 billion for
provincial infrastructure investments, for a total infrastructure
strategy valued at more than $5 billion over the next several years.
This investment is expected to generate 7,740 person years of employment
in the 2010-11 fiscal year and builds upon the more than $2 billion that
has been invested in provincial infrastructure over the past six years.
- 30 -
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
2010 11 05