Construction Update: Letter 4 - February 2012

The Long-Term Accommodation (LTA) project is progressing as planned and will create approximately 4000 to 5000 jobs during its construction. The LTA is expected to be completed by fall 2014.

Mid-Term Accommodation Project

The construction of the Mid-Term Accommodation (MTA) was completed in late fall 2011. Approximately 200 employees moved to the new building in November. Employees working at MTA are enjoying the new facility and the amenities that the neighbourhood has to offer, such as restaurants, shops and easy access to public transit.

No impact has been noted from this influx of people on the neighbourhood streets as employees working at MTA have access to the new parkade located in the south-west corner of the site.

Long-Term Accommodation

In the next few months, work will begin on a new sidewalk along Bathgate Drive and on the expansion of the intersection on Ogilvie Road (between Montana’s and East Side Mario’s restaurants) heading north which will become the main access point to the CSE site. The intersection is expected to be completed in June 2012.

By the end of May 2012, there will be a decrease in the number of tower cranes on the site. A crawler crane will be brought in in the spring to help build a 55-foot glass wall.

Natural Elements

A distinguishing feature of the building will be the 16,000 square meter reflective roof. Construction of the roof has begun. Once completed, the building will resemble the shape of a maple key which was inspired by the maple grove at the rear of the site. The roof is not only visually appealing but it will also be a key element for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. The reflective roof will shield the building from the sun and decrease the amount of heat that penetrates the building, as well as the amount of power required to cool the facility. The slope of the roof will allow for rain water to be collected, treated and used for flushing toilets and for irrigation.

Landscaping of the south side of the construction site is expected to begin in spring 2012. The landscaping will improve the visual appeal of the site and complement the natural landscape of the neighbourhood and surrounding area.

Contact information

For any questions or concerns related to the construction, please contact PCL Constructors Canada Inc. at 613-228-5375.

All other inquiries can be directed to CSE Media Relations and Public Affairs, at 613-991-7248 or at media@cse-cst.gc.ca.