Lester B. Pearson Rehabilitation

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  • Client

    Public Works & Government Services Canada

  • Region

    Ottawa, ON

  • City


  • Budget

    $69 Million

  • Year Completed


  • Size

    1,037,447 sq. ft.

  • Sector


  • Sub-Sector

    Public & Government

The Story

The Lester B. Pearson Rehabilitation project involved modifying the Lester B. Pearson Building (“LBPB”), which houses the headquarters of Global Affairs Canada. This project included a complete building retrofit inclusive of base building, fit-up and information technology requirements. In addition, building elements such as plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems were updated to improve the environmental performance of the building. While conserving LBPB’s heritage character, the project modernized a workplace adhering to the latest GCworkplace fit-up standard and incorporating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) Gold certification.

The fully accessible workspace provides:

• Accessible washrooms and gender-neutral universal washrooms;
• A ramp at the building entrance;
• Modernized elevators;
• Electric height adjustable work surfaces and ergonomic furniture; and
• Power actuated doors and tactile signage for people with visual and physical disabilities.

The project also included exterior work such as:

• Landscaping to the grounds, courtyards and roof terraces;
• Building exterior upgrades and window replacement, contributing to an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared to 2005);
• Sustainability features including vegetated roofs and solar panels; and
• Exterior building illumination.