Recognized with an RAIC (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada) Gold Metal in 192 and FHBRO (Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office) “Classified” designation this unique modern Beaux Arts design with Art Deco ornamentation. MTBA designed the integration of new life safety systems (including exits, discrete fire safety equipment, etc.) into the heritage fabric of this 28,700 sq. ft. (2,666 sq. m.) facility, conducted conservation investigations and prepared a comprehensive asset integrity plan, in preparation for the adaptive reuse of this former bank into a major parliamentary conference centre.
The new fire safety systems were designed (Mark Brandt, Partner, TBA, 2001) to improve occupant safety up to modern codes and standards while maintaining the heritage integrity. For example, a new exit through a former service space, with new bronze doorway integrated into an existing window location is both harmonious with the heritage façade and clearly modern in its interior detailing to distinguish it as an intervention into the original composition. Alterations to the existing Wellington entry provided barrier-free access were legibly modern but deferential to the building’s heritage character.
The Asset Integrity Plan (MTBA, 2006) included intensive building and documentation reviews to establish the correct conservation philosophy; identification of root causes of building system issues; comprehensive recommendations for a full-scale project of preservation; costing and scheduling the maintenance and intervention projects proposed and a risk management review.
MTBA received the highest category of consultant review from PWGSC for this work.