Video Series: Stonehands
Featured Project: West Block Rehabilitation Project
Role: Subcontractor for Stone Restoration
Architect / Consultant: Arcop / Fournier Gersovitz Moss
Project Manager: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Date Commenced: September 2012
Location: Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON, Canada
We are pleased to announce that RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons Inc. was recently awarded the contract for the stone restoration of the West Block of Canada's Parliament Buildings. This project is being completed for the Government of Canada under the leadership of PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Canada's leading construction management firm. The restoration work is one component of the complete rehabilitation of the West Block Building.
RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons Inc. is deeply honoured to be involved in this prestigious project. This will ultimately result in both the rehabilitation of the existing four-story West Block building and the construction of new elements. These new elements will include the infill and roofing of the central courtyard which will allow the West Block to host the future temporary home of the House of Commons.
The West Block is one of Canada's most significant heritage structures and is designated as "Classified" by the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office (FHBRO). The first phase of the building was designed in 1859 in the Victorian High Gothic Revival Style and officially opened in 1865. In 1878 the Mackenzie Wing and Tower were added followed by the Laurier Tower and building link in 1906. Over the ensuing period various building alterations were made to accommodate operational needs, the most recent of which occurred in 1965.
The West Block is entirely built of masonry elements, with load bearing masonry walls clad in various types of natural stone. In common with the other major buildings of the Parliamentary Precinct, the building also displays a large number of sculptural stone elements including colonnades, vaults, grotesques and friezes.
RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons Inc's. services for the West Block Rehabilitation Project include the restoration of historic masonry and sculptural elements, hand cutting and replacement of damaged stones, implementation of seismic reinforcement and cleaning of stonework.
In addition to the extensive work being completed using time honoured practices of historic masons, RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons Inc. uses a variety of cutting edge technologies in its operations. The implementation of one of Canada's first industrial laser cleaning systems serves as a prime example of such technologies.
Regardless of the approach and technology being employed, all of the work is being conducted to the very highest of standards befitting a building of such historic significance. Programs for quality control / quality assurance, waste management, environmental sustainability and health and safety are implemented in all facets of our work.
Please contact RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons Inc. regarding opportunities to join our dynamic team of heritage restoration masons.