Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Webday Wednesdays - A Case Study in the Transformation and Rehabilitation of Two Landmark Commercial Buildings into New Facilities for the House of Commons

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For the month of March, the RAIC is pleased to present a weekly series on the subject of Adaptive Reuse.

Title: A Case Study in the Transformation and Rehabilitation of Two Landmark Commercial Buildings into New Facilities for the House of Commons
Date: March 27, 2019
Experience Level: General
Presenter: David Clusiau, B.E.S., B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP


This presentation will explore two related adaptive-reuse case studies: The preservation and restoration of the former Bank of Montreal (a “classified” heritage building) and its transformation into the Sir John A MacDonald Building, now a conference facility and room of state for the House of Commons, as well as the restoration and transformation of the “recognized” Wellington Building (previously the Canadian Headquarters of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.) into swing space for the House of Commons. They will be explored in terms of design excellence benefits and technical challenges.
Other areas to be covered:

  • The urban history and context of the two projects located on the same block across from Parliament Hill
  • Project significance from a heritage character point of view of the existing FHBRO “classified” and 1932 RAIC medal winning Bank of Montreal, and the FHBRO “recognized” Wellington Building
  • The program and overall design approach for both buildings, with consideration for:

     Its basis on an analysis of the underlying organization of the existing  
     The restoration of the heritage components
     The leveraging of their heritage qualities in the service of the new use
     The new interventions and their relationship to the existing

  • The resulting building designs, including the technical challenges and innovations related to:

     Seismic upgrades
     Mechanical systems
     Acoustical considerations   

At the completion of this session, the participant/learner will be able to:

1)    Explain the challenges and architectural rewards of rehabilitating significant historical buildings in the service of new government uses. 
2)    Summarize the technical challenges and innovative solutions used to bring these buildings up to contemporary standards and meet the requirements of the new use.  
3)    Recognize similarities and differences in the approaches taken for each case study. 

Continuing education learning hours: 1 credit

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 25, 2019, at 12 pm (ET).

$25 for RAIC members, plus applicable taxes.
$30 for non-members, plus applicable taxes.

SCHEDULE: The Webinar will take place at 1 p.m. ET in English.
The Canada-wide schedule by time zone is:









 10 a.m.

 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 2:30 p.m.


 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 3 p.m.

 3:30 p.m.

More information, including online access instructions and a PDF copy of the slides will be sent to you by email on the Monday prior to the Webday webinar. 

March 27, 2019 1:00 PM   through   2:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Event Fees (GST) $ 30.00 + $ 1.50 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Ontario) $ 30.00 + $ 3.90 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Quebec) $ 30.00 + $ 4.49 Sales Tax
Event Fees (HST) $ 30.00 + $ 4.50 Sales Tax

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