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Delcan stimulates economy with new state-of-the-art convention centre

Client: GB Associates
Project: Ottawa Convention Centre
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Services Provided for this Project
  • transportation planning
  • traffic impact studies
  • environmental planning studies
  • municipal engineering
  • pre-design
  • consultation
  • development criteria
  • compliance review
  • stormwater management design
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Ron Jack, Vice President
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The new Ottawa Convention Centre, which overlooks the Rideau Canal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa, opened on time and on budget in April 2011. The Centre is steps away from major Ottawa attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping. The facility is directly linked to the Rideau Shopping Centre, the 495-room Westin Ottawa and offers ample indoor parking.

Delcan provided transportation planning, environmental planning and municipal engineering for the new $159 million, 400,000 square foot, LEED® Silver Ottawa Convention Centre. Delcan also provided pre-design consultation, review of site surveys and existing conditions, agency liaison, compliance review services and a feasibility report. 

The new Centre will stimulate the local tourism and hospitality industry, attracting thousands of visitors, generating thousands of jobs and millions in revenue. The new, modern Centre offers 30 meeting rooms and can accommodate as many as 6,000 guests.

Delcan prepared the transportation impact study that addressed the impacts and requirements of all travel modes, including pedestrians, cyclists, taxis, buses, trucks and garage traffic associated with the new Centre. Along with the City and project team, Delcan prepared an environmental screening report to meet the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. A Compliance Monitoring program was also developed and implemented over the course of the project.

Delcan was also responsible for preliminary and detailed engineering, site plan application drawings suitable for approvals, system design calculations and catchment area drawings showing overland flow routes, underground cistern for reuse of rainwater and Rideau Canal stormwater quality control measures. Key components of the design included implementation of a stormwater management and water quality treatment system, rainwater reuse system, cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) liner for an existing corrugated steel pipe, and watermain relocation as well as timely coordination of relevant approvals from the Ministry of Environment.

The Centre features an environmentally friendly design, sets new standards for sustainable practices, serves guests with advanced technology and provides a landmark setting for memorable, spacious meetings in a LEED® Silver Certified state-of-the-art building. Many aspects of the project used green components, such as low volatile organic compound products, recycled materials for construction and recycled building materials, such as the old Congress Centre trusses.

The Ottawa Convention Centre replaces the former Ottawa Congress Centre in the same landmark setting that now combines history and culture with innovation and green practices that contribute to a sustainability environment.

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Tags: transportation impact studytransportation planningplanningengineeringenvironmental planningmunicipal engineeringpre-designconsultationsite surveysliaisoncompliance reviewfeasibilitysustainableconvention centerworld heritage siteleed

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