At the leading edge of Archival preservation
In 2015, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) received approval to plan and develop a new preservation facility to be constructed adjacent to the existing Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec.
The project was identified as one of the priorities in LAC's Three-Year Plan 2016-2019: "We will implement our Long-Term Infrastructure Strategy, with a view to building a new state-of-the-art facility for preserving and providing access to our textual records."
The Gatineau 2 Preservation Facility (referred to as "Gatineau 2") is a solution to Library and Archives Canada's ongoing and future needs for special purpose infrastructure that provides appropriate preservation and access space for LAC's analogue archival holdings.
LAC has already started to plan this exciting project for which the land was purchased in 1989. The facility, to be built behind the existing Preservation Centre in Gatineau, is expected to be fully operational in 2020.
To construct the Gatineau 2 Preservation Facility, Library and Archives Canada is exploring the possibility of entering into a Public-Private Partnership (P3) based on a design, build, finance, operate, maintain (DBFOM) model.
Our Guiding Principles
- Capacity: Provide Library and Archives Canada (LAC) with appropriate, secure, state-of-the-art archival preservation and access capacity.
- Centre of Excellence: Build on Library and Archives Canada as a centre of excellence that reinforces its role as a leader in the archival community.
- Flexibility: Provide flexible spaces that may be easily altered to meet future Library and Archives Canada needs and challenges.
- Sustainability: Maximize building sustainability while respecting collection and access requirements.
- Innovation: Improve program delivery and facility performance through creative, yet tested, solutions in design, construction and operation.
- Long-term Real Property Plan (LTRPP)
- Construction of Gatineau 2 will allow LAC to further consolidate its archival holdings at its Gatineau campus while expanding its capacity for meeting future needs. It will also provide LAC with a renewed, state-of-the-art, sustainable real property portfolio for the foreseeable future.
- Support the storage and long-term preservation of LAC's existing and future analogue textual holdings
- Gatineau 2 will be designed to modern standards, using state-of-the-art technology to provide optimum conditions to facilitate the long-term preservation of LAC's textual archival holdings.
- Linking Gatineau 2 with LAC's existing Preservation Centre in Gatineau will reduce the risk posed by moving holdings between two buildings, while achieving operational efficiencies and minimizing duplication of infrastructure support.
- Promote Economic Growth
- Strengthen the economy through local and regional job creation during construction of the facility.
- Provide Value for Money for Canadians
- Provide a long-lasting asset that meets advanced preservation standards
- Obtain and maintain the high quality asset at the lowest life cycle cost possible
- Foster Sustainable Development and Urban Integration
- Build a facility that contributes to Gatineau's landscape by providing architectural quality and features that complement existing infrastructure
- Support the federal government's sustainable development goals with a building design that meets the LEED standard, is suitable for the building's functions and provides the best possible compromise between sustainability goals and cost.
- Plan and construct a project that protects the surrounding natural environment through environmental monitoring and mitigation measures
Gatineau 2 Letter of Interest
Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec