Victoria Memorial Museum Building

Role: Subcontractor
Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Architect / Consultant: PKG Joint Venture
Architect Reference: Paul Dolan
Date Completed: October 2009
Location: 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario

RJW Stonemasons participated in a massive reconstruction and rebuilding project to halt the movement of the foundation of this historic building.

The scope of work included:

  • Reconstruction and rebuilding of Gloucester limestone foundation walls
  • Cutting new openings in both underground walls and in the sandstone exterior walls above grade. Many openings had to be shored according to engineered drawings because of the massive loads being carried in these traditionally built walls.
  • Dismantling and rebuilding of the parapet walls, incorporating new stone as required in limestone and sandstone.
  • Various repair techniques were utilized including dutchman, pinning and fracture repairs, Jahn repairs, brickwork and terra cotta removal and rebuilding.
  • Anchoring with various types of stainless steel devices.

At the same time, Gem Campbell performed five years of historical restoration work on the interior of the building including the removal, reparation and reinstallation of marble, heritage mosaics reparation, restoration and replication, installation of new granite, tile, slate, limestone and terrazzo. Gem Campbell also supplied and installed new limestone and granite cladding to exterior portions of new building components.

This project, and the success of the end product with the two very different crews, was the impetus for the partnering of RJW Stonemasons and Gem Campbell into the company known today as RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons Inc.