Library and Archives Canada has begun construction on its new 12,900 square-metre preservation facility in Gatineau.
The centre will provide 21,240 cubic metres of collection storage capacity and will also be among the worlds largest facilities equipped with an automated storage and retrieval system for archival collections.
The addition of this new building, which will be linked to the existing state-of-the-art Preservation Centre, allows LAC to consolidate a growing collection and guarantee the long-term preservation of analogue textual holdings and audiovisual materials.
Plenary Properties Gatineau, a consortium consisting of ENGIE Services Inc., Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd., PCL Investments Inc., PCL Constructors Eastern Inc. and B+H Architects closed a 33-year public-private partnership contract with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) to design, build, finance, maintain and operate the new preservation facility.
The facility will be the first net-zero carbon centre dedicated to archival preservation in the Americas when it goes into operation by summer 2022.