Deteriorating mortar leads to temporary repairs at Province House

Ryan Ross
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The Confederation Players in front of Province House.

Portico over one entrance needs stabilization system as safety precaution

Another part of Province House needed repairs last year after an investigation found problems with a portico over one of its entrances.

Susann Myers, a conservation architect with Public Service and Procurement Canada, said there was mortar deterioration in that area so the stabilization system was installed as a safety precaution.

"This was a precautionary measure that was recommended by the structural engineers during the investigation phase," she said.

Province House closed last year to address issues with the building that include foundations problems, a leaky roof and deteriorating masonry.

Temporary repairs have been done to the building over the years, including those needed to fix a large chunk of plaster that fell from the ceiling.

In the spring of 2015 work was started to identify priority areas, but tenders for that work haven't been issued.

All told, the work is expected to cost $30 million to $50 million.

Myers said the project is still expected to take about five years to finish.

"The project is on schedule and on budget," she said.

The priority areas are being identified after an investigation phase in the project.

Since that phase started, the only repair work done on Province House has been the temporary stabilization system.

That system is visible on the building's exterior from the Upper Great George Street side of Province House.

Myers said work is underway to determine the best approaches to the repairs that are needed for the entire building.

She didn't know when the work would go to tender.

Myers said the investigation confirmed what was already found, and the extent of problems that were already identified.

"Not really anything new," she said.

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: Province House, Public Service, Procurement Canada

Geographic location: Upper Great George Street

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  • junk it
    February 28, 2016 - 18:11

    This building would serve a better purpose as armour stone along the sea wall. Just junk it and build something with newer materials and modern construction standards in its place. Newfoundland didn't keep it's creaky old legislature when they entered confederation. They built the House of Assembly. PEI could learn a thing or two from that province.