2017 Conference Field Sessions October 11 - 14, 2017

2017 Conference Field Sessions October 11 - 14, 2017

CONFERENCE FIELD SESSIONS AND TOURS

The National Capital Region is rich with historic places waiting for you to discover. Projects from Parliament Hill to rural barns will be on-going for you to not only enjoy seeing these places but also in many instances, see the preservation work in-situ. We have fifteen (15)  different options for half-day or full-day field sessions and tours, many of which are walking distance from the conference hotels.

 

Field Sessions

Full Day = $190

Half Day = $75

 

FS1

**SOLD OUT** Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and Parks Canada Labs

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

8:00am - 12:00pm (EST)

Location:

Canadian Conservation Institute and Parks Canada Labs

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

Discover the fascinating world of heritage conservation and conservation science on a tour of the Canadian Conservation Institute’s (CCI) laboratories. Learn how CCI conserves Canada’s heritage collections by supporting Canadian museums, archives and historic sites.

 

The tour continues with a visit to Parks Canada’s collections, curatorial and conservation facility where you will see conservation and conservation science laboratories as well as laboratories for disciplines such as archaeology and collections management. Learn how Parks Canada’s experts support built heritage and interior restoration projects across Parks Canada’s network of national historic sites.

 

FS2

**SOLD OUT** Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS)

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

8:00am - 12:00pm (EST)

Location:

Carleton University

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

CIMS is a Carleton University research centre dedicated to the advanced study of innovative, hybrid forms of representation that can both reveal the invisible measures of architecture and animate the visible world of construction. This half-day tour will showcase digitalization, building information modelling, simulation and virtual reality as well as digitally-assisted fabrication and storytelling. Transportation will be provided from the Westin Ottawa.

  

FS3

**SOLD OUT** The Parliament Hill Landscape

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

8:00am - 12:00pm (EST)

Location:

Parliament Hill

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

This half-day walking tour – led by a Landscape Historian and a Conservation Landscape Architect – will shed light on the origins and evolution of the Parliament Hill cultural landscape.  This 19th century creation, characterized by the triad of Gothic Revival Parliament buildings creating a Forecourt lawn and picturesque Pleasure Grounds, is accentuated by its wild Escarpment perch above the Ottawa River.  Participants will experience the buildings as they move towards and around the Hill and gain a deeper appreciation of Queen Victoria’s deft decision to select Ottawa as Canada's capital.

 

FS4

**SOLD OUT** The Senate of Canada - Accommodating Modern Parliamentary Functions in Heritage Buildings

Date:

Wednesday, October 11

Time:

12:30pm - 4:30pm (EST)

Location:

Parliament Hill

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

This field session includes a visit to an active construction site – participants will be required to provide their own safety gear including construction boots with steel toes and steel plate, hard hat, protective safety glasses and safety vests. Participants will not be allowed to the Government Conference Centre site without this.

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

Starting on the front lawn of Parliament Hill, this half day guided tour will start with a brief overview of the history and Long Term Vision and Plan for the parliamentary functions in general and how the current construction program fits within the Plan.  This tour will explore the Senate side in the Gothic Revival Centre Block (1916-1927) and will then proceed via the East Block (1859-1866) to review the conservation plans for that building and its challenges.  The tour will end at the Government Conference Centre and former Union Station (1909-1912) currently being transformed to house the Senate Chamber during the upcoming Centre Block rehabilitation. Small tours will be organized to visit the construction site. The architects and heritage consultants will be present.

 

FS5

**SOLD OUT** Mid-Century Modern

Date:

Thursday, October 12

 

Time:

8:30am - 12:00pm (EST)

Location:

Ottawa Downtown

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

Ottawa's downtown was greatly transformed, for better or for worse, in the 60s and 70s. A guided half-day walking tour will be conducted, highlighting some of Ottawa’s modern heritage landmarks such as the National Arts Centre (1969), Bank of Canada Building (1979), National Library and Archives Building (1963-1967), and the Supreme Court Building (1938-1940). The tour will include a detailed building interior tour of the National Arts Centre which has been undergoing a major rehabilitation and additions. This tour will be conducted by a well-known architectural historian and will feature presentations led by the architectural team and heritage consultant for NAC.

 

FS6

**SOLD OUT** Wellington South: Reinventing Crown in Town

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

12:30 - 4:00pm (EST)

Location:

Wellington Street

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

Wellington Street has traditionally been the border between Town and Crown: parliamentary buildings to the north and residential and commercial buildings to the south. The migration of parliamentary offices and functions across the street has disrupted this clean border. This half day walking tour will examine the buildings along Wellington Street South starting at the Langevin Block (1884-1889) which houses the Prime Minister’s Office, the former U.S. Embassy by architect Cass Gilbert (1931), and visit two recently rehabilitated buildings with the architects and heritage consultants: the former Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Canadian headquarters (1924-1927) as well as the former Bank of Montreal (1930-32) and its modern annex (2013-15), now known as the Sir John A. Macdonald Building, House of Commons Hall of State.

 

FS7

**SOLD OUT** The House of Commons of Canada - Accommodating Modern Parliamentary Functions in Heritage Buildings

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

12:30pm - 4:30pm (EST)

Location:

Parliament Hill

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

This field session includes a visit to an active construction site – participants will be required to provide their own safety gear including construction boots with steel toes and steel plate, hard hat, protective safety glasses and safety vests. Participants will not be allowed to the West Block site without this.

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

Starting on the front lawn of Parliament Hill, participants will be presented with an overview of the Long Term Vision and Plan for the Parliamentary Precinct and how the current work fits within the Plan. This half day guided tour will explore the House of Commons side in the Gothic Revival Centre Block (1916-1927) of Parliament Hill and the ongoing rehabilitation of the West Block (1859-1866) which is to house the House of Commons during the upcoming Centre Block Rehabilitation. The un-insulated and unreinforced stone masonry buildings with its copper roof and tall spires and the impact of a1960s renovation presented numerous conservation challenges.  The architects of the current West Block rehabilitation project that includes a modern courtyard infill with a glass roof will present. 

 

FS8

**SOLD OUT** The Historic Chaudière Site

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)

Location:

Chaudière Island

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

From indigenous meeting place to post-industrial site, the historic Chaudière Falls site is now the location of a vast urban redevelopment scheme that will introduce a new mixed-use neighbourhood into the middle of the Ottawa River, at the foot of Parliament Hill. This half day walking tour will focus on the history of the site, the cultural landscape from pre-contact to post-industrial brownfield and the adaptive re-use challenges faced in the rehabilitation of the industrial buildings. The developer and heritage experts will take part in the tour. Transportation will be provided from the Westin Ottawa. 

 

FS9

**CANCELLED*  Town of Almonte

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

8:00am - 4:00pm (EST)

Location:

Almonte, ON

Fee:

$190

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

The town of Almonte is representative of many small communities that have developed from an industrial-based past to a commuter community with a thriving arts and culture-based economy. Once referred to as the "Manchester of Canada", Almonte’s numerous woolen and textile mills once harnessed the power of the Mississippi River, a tributary of the Ottawa River. Today Almonte, with three waterfalls as a backdrop, has re-purposed its former abandoned stone mills to create a strong mix of residential and commercial uses. After making the 40 minute trip to Almonte from downtown Ottawa, this full-day session will begin with an overview of the community’s history followed by a walking tour where participants will visit a number of adaptive re-use projects. Transportation will be provided from the Westin Ottawa. 

 

FS10

Rideau Canal World Heritage Site: the rural canal

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

8:00am - 4:00pm (EST)

Location:

Ottawa

Fee:

$190

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

The 202 km Rideau Canal was built between 1826 and 1832 as a defence work but was never used as such. It is the oldest continually operated canal system in North America. This full day bus tour will take participants south of Ottawa along the canal to communities such as Merrickville and Smiths Falls and will include an overview of the technical challenges to repair the canal’s massive stone masonry walls and to repair and keep the wooden lock gates operational. The tour will include a visit to two locks, one to be preserved, and one where preservation is just completed. There will also be a lecture at the Parks Canada offices in Smith falls, on the history of the locks. Transportation will be provided from the Westin Ottawa. 

 

FS11

**SOLD OUT** Rideau Canal World Heritage Site: the urban canal (half day)

Date/Time

Thursday, October 12

Time:

8:30am - 12:30pm (EST)

Location:

Ottawa

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

The 202 km Rideau Canal was built between 1826 and 1832 as a defence work but was never used as such. It is the oldest continually operated canal system in North America. This half day walking tour will begin at the Bytown Museum and the first flight of eight locks that connect the end of the canal to the Ottawa River 24.4 metres below. Participants will then walk along the canal through the city to the Cartier Square Drill Hall which was constructed as a Military Training Facility in 1879 and rehabilitated in the 1990s and, finally to the newly redeveloped Lansdowne Park where two important Ottawa landmarks have been conserved: the Victorian-style Aberdeen Pavilion (1898) and the Prairie-style Horticulture Building (1914) both used for agricultural exhibits and shows during the Central Canada Exhibition (1888 - 2010).  Return trip transportation from the session ending point to the Westin Hotel.

  

FS12

Ottawa River Boat Tour

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)

Location:

Ottawa

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

This afternoon boat tour will focus on the cultural landscape of Parliament Hill and surroundings as viewed from the river. The tour will start with a brief overview of the landscape of the PPB grounds before heading down to the docks.  The two hour cruise will cover from Chaudière Island to the west to the Rideau Falls to the east as participants gain an understanding of history and development along the shores of the Ottawa River: the spectacular Parliament Buildings, official residences, embassies and museums as well as paper mills, government buildings and a working class neighbourhood and 24 Sussex, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Canada.

 

FS13

**SOLD OUT** The West Block Rehabilitation Project 

Date:

Wednesday, October 11

Time:

12:30pm - 4:30pm

Location:

Ottawa

Fee:

$75

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Participants will be required to provide their own safety gear including construction boots with steel toes and steel plate, hard hat, protective safety glasses and safety vests. Participants will not be allowed to the West Block site without this.

CEUs:

TBD

Description:

This project is in its final stages. The result of decades of planning by multiple stakeholders, it encompasses work ranging from the grandest of new architectural gestures to the minutest of restoration details. This half day field session will start with presentations and discussions by some of the people closest to the work and will dig deep into the technical details. The presentation will be followed by a site visit.Some of the general topics to be presented include: 

  • A New House for the House (of Commons): Making a Grand Federal Government Vision Become a Reality
  • Traditional and Forward-Thinking Approaches to Restoration, Conservation, and Protection of a Major Mass Masonry Structure.
  • Roofing, Iron Cresting, and What Is Hiding Underneath.
  • Original Spaces; Original Systems; Original Components; Original Materials: Little Remaining – Tough Decisions.
  • Just How Complicated Can Windows Be, Anyway?

This field session includes a visit to an active construction site – participants will be required to provide their own safety gear including construction boots with steel toes and steel plate, hard hat, protective safety glasses and safety vests. Participants will not be allowed to the West Block site without this.

 

 

 

Tours
*Tours are not eligible for Continuing Education (CE) or Learning Units (LU).

 

Tour 1

(T1)

Gatineau Park and Strutt House

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

8:00am - 12:00pm (EST)

Location:

Gatineau Park

Fee:

$45

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

*N/A

Description:

Gatineau Park was created in embryonic form in 1938 and later expanded as part of the Greber Plan for the Nation's Capital (1946-1950). The park has an area of 361 sq. km and is just minutes away from the city. This half day bus tour will begin with a stop at the Gatineau Park visitor centre for an introduction to modernist architecture in the Capital as a prelude to a guided visit of the iconic Strutt House (1956) by architect James Strutt. Time permitting, the tour will take participants to earlier sites in the park such as the summer estates of an entrepreneur and a former Prime Minister. Transportation will be provided from the Westin Ottawa.

 

Tour 2

(T2)

**SOLD OUT** Ottawa Foodie and Rural Heritage Tour

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)

Location:

Rural Ottawa

Fee:

$45

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs

*N/A

Description:

The National Capital Region has over 120,000 hectares (almost 300,000 acres!) of fertile farmland within its limits, including 1300 farms (which even includes the national Central Experimental Farm). This provides a vast array of local delights, helping generate the recent "coming out" of Ottawa as a major "foodie" destination and maintains it as a significant "resilient, local food" Capital.

 

Tour 3

(T3)

**SOLD OUT** Lowertown and Byward Market

Date:

Thursday, October 12

Time:

1:00pm - 4:00pm (EST)

Location:

Lowertown and Byward Market

Fee:

$20

Capacity:

25

Dress Code:

Casual with comfortable walking shoes

CEUs:

*N/A

Description:

Established in 1826, Ottawa’s Byward Market area is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets and mixed-use neighbourhood. Designated as a Heritage Conservation District (HCD), the HCD Plan built upon the history of the community and its development, and deliberately embraced community-controlled chaos as an approach to managing future change and development. Today, the Market (as it is known locally) continues to evolve both culturally and in built form with the regular rehabilitation, renovation and replacement of the existing building stock. This half-day walking tour will focus on heritage-sensitive urban infill development.

 

 

HISTORY OF CHÂTEAU MONTEBELLO

In February of 1930, the site where Fairmont Le Château Montebello, Canada hotel now stands was a clearing in the woods. Just four months later, the massive cedar Château was complete: a building feat which captured the popular imagination of the time, inspiring newspaper features across North America and attracting crowds of onlookers.

 

This resort in the Outaouais region of Québec just outside Ottawa-Gatineau, was originally the dream of a Swiss-American named Hubert Saddlemire, who was inspired by the châteaux of the Swiss Alps, and dubbed the project "Lucerne-in-Québec." A Finnish master-builder named Victor Nymark supervised the construction and woodworking teams, who worked in overlapping shifts around the clock, using electric lighting at night.

 

The construction team started by building a spur line from the nearby Canadian Pacific rail tracks; a line that would transport in a total of 1,200 carloads of timber and building materials. Camps were built to house the construction workers, who were as many as 3,500 at the peak of construction. Craftsmen used 10,000 British Columbia red-cedar logs to build the resort's three main buildings, all cut and set by hand. The level of craft is unsurpassed and the hotel is known as the “Largest Log Building in the World”.

 

Le Château Montebello is built on the grounds of what was once a 17th century Seigniorial estate, acquired in 1674 from the West Indies Company by Bishop Laval, the first Bishop of Québec. In 1801, the land was purchased by Québec's prominent Papineau Family and the grand Manor House was built. It still stands on the property today, like the hotel, overlooking the historic Ottawa River. The Manoir-Papineau National Historic Site of Canada is open as a museum in the summer and autumn, and guests of the Château can easily stroll over for a look into the past.

 

For 40 years after its completion in 1930, the log château was the private retreat of the Seigniory Club, whose elite membership included reputed Canadian businessmen and politicians such as former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, and foreign dignitaries such as Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco. In 1970, the resort was taken over by Canadian Pacific Hotels, who re-named it Le Château Montebello, and opened its doors to the public for the first time. It swiftly became known as one of the prime luxury resorts in Quebec and throughout Eastern Canada.

 

Today, Fairmont Le Château Montebello luxury hotel and resort attracts visitors from around the world. The Outaouais resort has hosted a number of historic meetings, including a G-7 International Economic Summit, attended by political figures including Ronald Reagan, François Mitterand, Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Thatcher as well as NATO meetings. More recently, the Quebec luxury resort hosted the North American Leaders Summit welcoming President Bush, President Calderon and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.


 
Whether guests come to solve the problems of the world or attend an APT Workshop, or simply to seek a weekend's relaxation, Fairmont Le Château Montebello is an exceptional Quebec luxury hotel that offers a tranquil setting, excellent service and refined cuisine.

 

 

     

 

 




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