The Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa, originally built in 1932 as the Bank of Montreal, is considered one of Canada’s foremost heritage structures. It was given a second lease on life in 2015 when it was transformed into a new conference and meeting facility for Canada’s House of Commons.
The design team restored the building’s art deco facade and ornamented interior, transforming the former grand banking hall into a new ceremonial space for events of state. At the same time, the team modernized all infrastructure systems for optimum energy efficiency, safety, security and new seismic standards. A contemporary addition supports the conference facility while also filling a gap in this important streetscape across from Parliament Hill. The Sir John A. Macdonald Building achieves a perfect balance of historic context and contemporary functionality, and supports the long-term revitalization of Canada’s iconic Parliamentary Precinct.
NORR is an employee-owned, fully integrated A&E firm. Our professional team of 800 architects, engineers, planners and interior designers work collaboratively across 12 market sectors from offices located in Canada, the US, UK and UAE.
Our mission is to create socially aware, environmentally responsible, and financially viable architecture and engineering design solutions to ensure our clients achieve their business goals while contributing to healthier and sustainable spaces and places across the globe.
- 2018 World Architecture Community WA Awards 10+5+X (27th Cycle), Realized Project Award
- 2018 World Architecture Community WA Awards 10+5+X (27th Cycle), Community Selected Award
- 2017 Canada Green Building Council/SABMag – Award of Excellence for Existing Building Upgrade
- 2017 City of Ottawa, Architectural Conservation Awards – Award of Excellence, Adaptive Re-Use
- 2016 Green Globes Building Performance Assessment – Awarded Five Globes Rating
- 2016 Canadian Association of Heritage Professional Award of Excellence, Conservation Architecture
- 2015 National Trust for Canada Cornerstone Awards for Building Heritage Adaptive Reuse/Rehabilitation
- 2015 City of Ottawa, Award of Excellence: Urban Infill Low Rise
- 2015 Real Property Institute of Canada Award of Excellence in Heritage Conservation, Federal Heritage Buildings
- 2014 Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, Award of Excellence, Heritage Planning – Adaptive Reuse
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