B+H Architects (Architect of Record), BBB Architects (Façade Concept Design)
Cadillac Fairview Corporation
50,159 m² (539,907 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
Targeting Certified Core and Shell
The Rideau Centre, located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, is undergoing a major revitalization and expansion to reinforce its status as the leading shopping destination in the city. A complete interior renovation of the existing Centre will provide a fresh, modern and contemporary look, premium finishes, modern amenities and a new 35,000 ft2 850 seat dining hall. The 370,000 ft2 expansion will provide for four new levels of retail as well as three levels of underground parking. The project includes a complete replacement of the existing façade that will reinvigorate the building and the area including a refurbished Ogilvy Building heritage façade. Currently one of Ottawa’s busiest bus transit hubs, the Rideau Centre, once completed, will incorporate two access points directly into Rideau Centre, an important stop along the new LRT Confederation Line. The revitalization has attracted many premium retail brands as tenants including Nordstrom and Simons.
Challenge: Originally planned as a three level mall with two levels of below grade parking, the project was subject to on-going revisions to accommodate the changing retail program. This included the addition of a fourth floor to accommodate a new anchor tenant which was accommodated during the construction period. The new tenant added escalators, stairs, and elevator requirements which required on-the-fly revisions as the construction was underway.
Solution: By maintaining a consistent team led by a hands-on Project Executive throughout the process including extending our design team through the construction period enabling them to make the changes to accommodate the demanding schedule. Working with a local engineering firm to supplement our service also aided in successfully overcoming the challenge of poorly documented existing conditions.