Selective Demolition: Summer 2005

Menuiserie Pouliot was hired to do selective demolition work, which took place in August and September. This work revealed many surprises hidden beneath the planks, including some intriguing bones! The archaeologists have been called in and are on the case. The pink carpeting was removed from the library floor, exposing a beautiful red pine floor that will enhance the reading room’s warmth with a little sanding and varnishing. The work completed this summer gives us important information about the building’s condition, enabling the architects (Boudreau-Fortier-Ramoisy-Tremblay) and engineers (CIMA+, Génivar) to better plan their interventions on the site.

Moving, Engineers and Core Requirements

The Society has been busy over the last few months. This culminating in a series of moves to empty out our historic building. The engineering firms CIMA+ and Génivar were hired to oversee structural and mechanical planning. The preliminary plan for meeting fire code and accessibility requirements aroused considerable discussion that led to inventive solutions. We are trying hard to ensure that the introduction of modern equipment does not compromise the eloquence of the building’s heritage values.

Choosing the Architects

The architectural consortium of Boudreau Fortier Ramoisy Tremblay was hired to oversee restoration work. Michel Boudreau knows the building inside-out, having worked on exterior restoration in 1992-93. He will head the project. We now have enough money to complete the first phase of our project. This includes bringing the building up to fire, safety and accessibility code, restoring the library rooms, the College Hall, the Classics classroom, and the main entrance hall. We are still looking for money for a subsequent phase that will allow us to restore our two cellblocks and open them up for visits. Architects and engineers will be working on plans for the next few months. Most of our books, archives, and artefacts are now packed.