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Building Science - Building Condition Assessments & Reports

  • Centre Block & Library, Parliament HillOttawa, Ontario
  • East Block, Parliament HillOttawa, Ontario
  • National Art CentreOttawa, Ontario
  • The Duke of Devonshire Retirement ResidenceOttawa, Ontario
  • Confederation HeightsOttawa, Ontario
  • 340 Laurier Avenue Ottawa, Ontario
  • 20 Chesterton DriveOttawa, Ontario
  • 81 Metcalfe StreetOttawa, Ontario
  • 60/66 Queen Street Ottawa, Ontario

Project Case Studies

  • Centre Block & Library, Parliament Hill

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was retained by Public Works & Government Services Canada to carry out a detailed condition assessment of the Centre Block and Library of Parliament in Ottawa. The assessment covered all components on the site including:

    • Site related components
    • Architectural related components
    • Structural components
    • Horizontal and vertical transportation
    • Mechanical components
    • Electronic components

    The scope of work included:

    • Component condition and assessment of remaining life
    • Identifying equipment obsolescence
    • Identifying design problems and deficiencies that adversely affected operation and maintenance activities
    • Compliance with the latest edition/revision of all applicable standards & codes (including, but not limited to: Health, Fire, Life Safety Codes, National Building Code, Electrical Safety Program)
    • Identifying effective age and remaining economic life of building components
    • Preparation of a detailed report identifying a 30 year plan for maintaining the building
  • East Block, Parliament Hill

    Ottawa, Ontario



    Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was retained by Public Works & Government Services Canada to carry out a detailed condition assessment of the East Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The assessment covered all components on the site including:

    • Site related components
    • Architectural related components
    • Structural components
    • Horizontal and vertical transportation
    • Mechanical components
    • Electronic components

    The scope of work included

    • Component condition and assessment of remaining life
    • Identifying equipment obsolescence
    • Identifying design problems and deficiencies that adversely affected operation and maintenance activities
    • Compliance with the latest edition/revision of all applicable standards & codes (including, but not limited to: Health, Fire, Life Safety Codes, National Building Code, Electrical Safety Program)
    • Identifying effective age and remaining economic life of building components
    • Preparation of a detailed report identifying a 30 year plan for maintaining the building
  • National Art Centre

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was retained by Public Works & Government Services Canada to conduct a Building Condition Audit of the National Arts Centre facility located at 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario. The building opened in 1969 is located on a 6.5 acre property with a total building area of 1.158 million ft².

    The objective of the Building Condition Audit was to review and assess the current condition of the facility, as well as develop a plan for long term capital spending. The building assessment included a review of the building envelope, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, and elevating devices. Expected capital costs over the next 30 years were determined.

  • The Duke of Devonshire Retirement Residence

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Located at 1095 Carling Avenue, in Ottawa, the original building was constructed circa 1984 with 5 levels above grade accommodating medical offices and 5 levels of below grade parking. The building was fully gutted and renovated in 2008 to the current luxury retirement residence occupancy.

    The approximate gross floor area of the underground garage is 106,600 ft2 and the above grade retirement residence 73,000 ft2.

    Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was retained to perform a Building Condition Assessment of the facility. The purpose of the audit was to identify the present condition of the facility and capital cost requirements over 12 years. Items reviewed included:

    • Site work
    • Structure
    • Building envelope
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
  • Confederation Heights, Heating, Cooling and Power Plant

    Ottawa, Ontario

    The Confederation Heights Central Heating & Cooling Plant provides heating, cooling and power to the following 11 major building on the campus via a network of service tunnels:

    • National Revenue Building
    • Edward Drake Building (Old CBC Building)
Sir Charles Tilly Building
    • Sir Charles Tupper Building
    • R.A. Centre
    • Building C (Workshop)
    • Building B (Finance Building)
    • National Capital Commission Garage
    • Cafeteria Building
    • Radiation Protection Building
    • Insurance Building

    Originally constructed in 1959 has a coal fired plant, the plant has since been converted to natural gas. The plant also provides cooling through a series of cooling towers and chillers. Hot and cold pipe lines are distributed through underground tunnels that service the various buildings above.

    The scope of work included:

    • Component condition and assessment of remaining life
    • Identifying equipment obsolescence
    • Identifying design problems and deficiencies that adversely affected operation and maintenance activities
    • Compliance with the latest edition/revision of all applicable standards & codes (including, but not limited to: Health, Fire, Life Safety Codes, National Building Code, Electrical Safety Program)
    • dentifying effective age and remaining economic life of building components
    • Preparation of a detailed report identifying a 30 year plan for maintaining the building
  • 340 Laurier Avenue

    Ottawa, Ontario

    The project involved completing a Building Condition Assessment of the high-rise office building complex located at 340 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, owned by Morguard Investments. The building, constructed circa 1965, has thirteen (13) floors above grade and two (2) levels below grade.

    The objective of the Building Condition Assessment was to review and assess the current condition of the facility as well as identifying long term capital cost spending requirements. The building assessment included a review of the building envelope, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, and elevating devices. A detailed condition report was prepared which included expected capital costs associated with the renewal or replacement of these systems over the next twenty-five years.

  • 20 Chesterton Drive

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was retained by AMG Property Management, on behalf of Carleton Condominium Corporation No. 5, to perform a reserve fund study of 20 Chesterton Drive in Ottawa. The building, constructed circa 1970, consists of a 12 storey residential condominium building with a 2 storey underground garage and swimming pool.

    A comprehensive reserve fund study was carried out in accordance with the Ontario condominium act. All the main common building elements were reviewed including:

    • Exterior site work
    • Building structure
    • Balconies
    • Parking garage
    • Building envelope (cladding, roofing, windows and doors)
    • Pool
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • Life safety systems
    • Elevators
    • Common area finishes
  • 81 Metcalfe Street

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was retained by Bridgeport Realty Management to carry out a detailed Building Condition Assessment of their property located at 81 Metcalfe Street. The office tower, constructed circa 1982, has 58,000 ft2 of floor space over 12 floors and one level underground garage.

    Objective:

    The purpose of the assessment was to review all the major building elements including:

    • Site work
    • Structure
    • Building envelope
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • dentify the capital cost requirements to maintain the commercial building over the next 20 years
  • 60/66 Queen Street

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. was retained by Arnon Developments to perform a reserve fund study at the two office buildings located at 60-66 Queen Street. 60 Queen is a 14 storey building with an approximate total floor area of 125,000 square feet. Parking is provided via an underground garage located beneath the tower. 66 Queen is a 5 storey heritage structure with a restaurant on the ground floor level. The total approximate floor area is 10,000 square feet.

    The primary objective of the study was to review the major elements/systems of the building, assess their current condition and determine the remaining life expectancy and anticipated replacement costs over the next 25 years. This information was then utilized to project the capital cost expenditures anticipated for the property.