Quebec is paying the high price to renovate the Treasury Department building

Quebec will provide $184 million for the renovation and restoration of the historic building that houses the Treasury Department.

The condition of the Gérard D. Lévesque building at 12 rue Saint-Louis in Old Quebec and its listed status explain the importance of the work required for the renovation. Walls, windows, roof and foundation as well as all mechanical, electrical and IT systems have to be renovated.

“The current facilities are outdated and the current spaces show general obsolescence and no longer meet current needs,” said Francis Martel, spokesman for the Société Québécoise des Infrastructures (SQI), which also owns the building.

The work is therefore aimed on the one hand at improving compliance with building safety standards. On the other hand, the project must ensure that the Treasury can accommodate more staff on site. Some departments located outside of the building may be relocated after the renovations, which will reduce the amount of rental space used by the department, Mr. Martel added.

Preparatory work to protect the listed elements is currently underway. “Several public tenders will be submitted shortly, covering both the exterior and interior design,” said the SQI spokesman.

The 375 Treasury officials who worked in the Gérard D. Lévesque building left the historic building in January 2020. They have since worked in the offices at 390 Boulevard Charest Est, pending the completion of the renovation of the building, which is scheduled for late 2025 is.

The Gérard D. Lévesque Building was constructed between 1883 and 1887 and served as the Quebec courthouse until 1979. Since 1987, the building at 12 rue Saint-Louis has been the seat of the Treasury and was once extensively renovated on two other occasions, between 1927 and 1934 and then between 1982 and 1987.

The historic building, which we owe to architect Eugène-Étienne Taché, is worth just over $13.1 million, along with the Houses of Parliament and the Armory, or $5.3 million for the land and $7.8 million for the building .

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