Library and Archives Canada facility wins CCPPP silver award

Rendering Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

Designed by B+H Architects, Canada’s forthcoming national preservation facility has won silver in this year’s National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships. Once completed, the Library and Archives Canada facility will be the world’s largest automated storage and retrieval system for archival collections.

The awards are presented by The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) since 1998. They will be awarded at CCPPP’s 27th annual conference on November 18 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

“Congratulations to Library and Archives Canada’s Gatineau 2 Project team for winning the silver project development award in this year’s National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships,” said Mark Romoff, president and CEO of CCPPP.

The project is among five award recipients this year. The winning projects, located in the Northwest Territories, Québec, Alberta and Ontario, showcase the diversity of projects using P3s to deliver innovative infrastructure that best serves the economic and social needs of Canadians.

“We are quickly approaching the 30-year mark for the use of P3s in Canada and have 285 projects in operation or under construction, which is why it’s so exciting to see there are still new ways the public and private sectors and Indigenous communities can work together to find innovative and sustainable approaches to developing, financing and maintaining public infrastructure that achieves the best outcomes for Canadians,” said Romoff.

The partners involved in the Library and Archives Canada’s Gatineau 2 Project are Library and Archives Canada, Plenary Properties Gatineau, and B+H Architects.

This new flagship building will sit next to the IKOY-designed Preservation Centre in Gatineau, which will also undergo improvements under the current project. It will be the first “net-zero carbon” facility dedicated to archival preservation in the Americas and the first federal building constructed to the requirements of Canada’s Greening Government Strategy.

“From the beginning, we aimed at setting the bar high for federal P3 projects. This award is a testament to the outstanding work of the Gatineau 2 Project Team, which includes Public Services and Procurement Canada. Besides being the best approach to ensure that Canada’s treasures are safeguarded for future generations, it has become an excellent example of how infrastructure projects can be planned and delivered,” said Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada.