An 11,000-year-old arrowhead makes its way to Gatineau

An 11,000-year-old spearhead is one of the oldest artifacts to be stored in Parks Canada’s brand new Parks Canada facility, which will be erected along Autoroute 50 in Gatineau and whose architectural concept was unveiled on Tuesday.
C zero carbon ertified, the new national conservation center of 8200 square meters will house the collection of some 25 million archaeological and historical objects that are currently scattered in five buildings that no longer meet conservation standards, Ottawa, Quebec, Cornwall and Winnipeg. Ultimately, only facilities in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia will remain open.

The storage of these artifacts under one roof had become necessary, it is said, because about 60% of the Parks Canada collection is in danger due to inappropriate storage conditions and environmental security measures.

“Gatineau has developed a very interesting niche in the conservation and preservation of our national treasures. It creates good paying jobs here. […] We follow the advice of experts, given to the government long ago, that our collections of Parks Canada artifacts are in danger because they are housed in places that do not conform to modern standards. for preservation and preservation, “said Gatineau MLA Steve MacKinnon.

Parks Canada to move to Gatineau

Dozens of jobs will be created with the opening of this national center, said the elected.

The state-of-the-art building will cost tens of millions of dollars – the federal government did not want to be more specific about not influencing the bidding process – at 555 Avenue the large parking lot in front of a building owned by Libraries and Archives Canada. Last year, the bill was estimated at $ 45 million.

The construction of the new facilities is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020 and will be completed in 2022, according to the current schedule. The collection will be moved once the installation is in use.

The design of the future building, of which a quarter of the area will be dedicated to a workspace for the researchers as well as places of reception, meeting and ceremony, was carried out jointly by the firms Moriyama and Teshima Architects as well as NFOE Architects.

The Bellevue District Councilor and Gatineau Deputy Mayor Pierre Lanthier is delighted that such a national center is emerging.

“This is great news for Gatineau and for my own district. It’s a zero carbon building and it’s going to create jobs for both construction and the people who will be working there. I see it very favorably, “he said.

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