PRESS RELEASE: Proposed design for the Fairmont Château Laurier addition project

(Ottawa, November 17, 2016) During a Community Information Meeting held today in the Ballroom of the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, Art Phillips, director of development of Larco Investments LTD, along with Peter Clewes, principal at architectsAlliance unveiled the changes proposed for the two-wing addition, located at the rear of the hotel, and intended to replace the 5-storey existing parking structure. (Download the presentation here).

Since last September, our Team has been listening to members of the public and we feel the design has evolved based on this input and strikes a balance between community interests and the operating needs of the Château Laurier, stated Art Philips. We were gratified by the significant interests of the broader community and have benefited from it.

The proposed design from architectsAlliance follows the direction set forth by the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, a Federal Provincial and Territorial Collaboration. Standard 11 reads: Conserve the heritage value and character-defining elements when creating any new additions to an historic place or any related new construction. Make the new work physically and visually compatible with, subordinate to and distinguishable from the historic place.

Some of the changes featured in the revised design include an overall smaller footprint of the two wings. Setbacks have been increased on both the Mackenzie Avenue and Rideau Canal sides of the buildings. The roof elements on the east wing have been reduced and roof elements on the west wing have been re- arranged to improve the views.

The development project also features an underground parking garage to replace the aging structure which is larger than the existing parkade, a new interior courtyard that will open out from the majestic doors of the Château`s ballroom, water features along Mackenzie Avenue, green roofs and beautifully landscaped gardens. The materials proposed are reflective of the original building, using Indiana Stone with copper roof and bronze doors.

The Community Information Meeting was intended to present the design as well as collect feedback from participants. After this meeting, Larco Investments will begin preparing its site plan control application for submission to the City of Ottawa and to meet with the Board of the National Capital Commission. Construction could potentially begin in late fall 2017.