Preservation Storage Facility Exterior

Library and Archives Canada Preservation Storage Facility

February 10, 2023

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) recently opened its new Preservation Storage Facility in Gatineau, Quebec. The multi-storey, state-of-the-art facility is built on Crown land adjacent to the existing LAC Preservation Centre. At approximately 13,000 sq. m., the facility will enhance the accessibility and long-term preservation of Canada’s documentary heritage and provide the capacity to support future growth.

The facility is one of the first Net-Zero carbon centres of its kind in the Americas. It’s also the largest automated archival facility in the world and the first Federal facility built to meet Canada’s Greening Government Strategy requirements. A key feature is the building’s six environmentally controlled vaults, equipped with an automated storage and retrieval system to ensure the safe storage and preservation of documents, motion picture films and microfilms.

Our team worked with Tiree – the lead project management services provider on this P3 project – through a subcontract to provide technical project management and oversight as the project progressed from planning, procurement, design and construction to its current facilities management phase.

Our team included a Senior Project Manager and Construction Manager who helped LAC and Public Services and Procurement Canada procure the Owner’s advocate consultant team to assist LAC in delivering this large and complex project.

This new Preservation Storage Facility is LEED® Gold Certified and has won two national awards:

  • 2022 Gold Award for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (P3) in the Infrastructure category
  • The Real Property Institute of Canada’s 2022 Design Excellence in Building and/or Infrastructure Projects award

To learn more about the project, click here.

Watch this video to see the new facility:

Preservation Storage Facility Exterior