War of 1812 Monument triggers ’round-the-clock work schedule

OTTAWA CITIZEN

War of 1812 Monument triggers ’round-the-clock work schedule

After a national competition, the government selected a design last year for the War of 1812 Monument by Toronto artist Adrienne Alison, who received an artist’s commission of $787,000.

Photograph by: Bruno Schlumberger , Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Hostilities in the War of 1812 ceased nearly two centuries ago, but contractors will have to work around the clock to complete a new Parliament Hill monument to the long-ago war by this fall.

The National Capital Commission invited bids this week for construction work associated with the War of 1812 Monument, slated to go in an area south of the East Block currently used for parking. Work must begin on July 28 and be completed by Oct. 31 “without the possibility of extension,” the tender says.

During that three-month period, it specifies, work must not only be done within regular daytime hours, but also between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. weekdays and on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.

Not to worry, says Canadian Heritage, the sponsoring department: the project is on schedule. The ’round-the-clock work timetable is simply intended to minimize disruption on Parliament Hill — “standard practice” for construction on the Hill, it said in an email.

Though most work will proceed night and day, road closures and crane work will be restricted to overnight periods and weekends, the department said.

In addition, the contractor must consult with the NCC’s contract administrator “prior to any site disturbance to ensure that parliamentary operations are not negatively impacted.”

Things likely to cause a disturbance include “vibrations, impacts, noise, dust, fumes, road closures or unsightly conditions” — pretty much everything, in short, associated with a construction site.

The contractor must accommodate government-related activities, especially the work schedule of the House of Commons and the Senate, says the tender.

Any disturbances that prompt complaints could trigger “stop work orders,” for which the contractor would be compensated. The tender makes a cash allowance for 1,000 person-hours of stop work.

The unveiling of the memorial will cap three years of bicentennial celebrations of the War of 1812, which the government has described as a “seminal event” in Canada’s history.

It has spent upwards of $30 million to raise awareness of the war, which pitted Britain and its colonial subjects in British North America against the United States. (We won, eh.)

After a national competition, the government selected a design last year for the monument by Toronto artist Adrienne Alison, who received an artist’s commission of $787,000. Alison’s design shows a circle of seven bronze figures in dynamic poses on a central stone plinth flanked by two granite boats.

The NCC has already awarded a separate contract, worth $60,552, to HGH Granite of Dundas, Ont., for the delivery and installation of the bronze figures and granite plinths that make up the monument.

The artwork installation, which will be co-ordinated and supervised by the firm that wins the construction contract, is scheduled for October — days before the monument’s planned unveiling.

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