Wrap around build­ing cost gov­ern­ment $555K

Canada Tax­pay­ers crit­i­cize funds spent on Cen­tre Block cov­er­ing

StarMetro Halifax - - CANADA - Ryan Tu­milty metro | Ot­tawa

A plas­tic wrap around an of­fice build­ing cost the fed­eral gov­ern­ment $555,000.

The Cana­dian Tax­pay­ers Fed­er­a­tion dis­cov­ered through ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion, that the Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment Canada spent $555,272.10 on the wrap of the Postal B build­ing in down­town Ot­tawa.

Aaron Wu­drick, the fed­er­a­tion’s di­rec­tor, said they passed the gi­ant build­ing wrap on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and sim­ply won­dered what it might have cost.

He said they were pretty stunned by the num­ber.

“It’s half a mil­lion dol­lars just to cover up a build­ing ba­si­cally.”

The ma­jor­ity of the cost was for in­stal­la­tion of the wrap around the struc­ture, which cost $330,409.91. That price also in­cludes re­moval.

De­sign work for the wrap cost $82,520 and cre­at­ing it cost $110,730.30.

Mayor Jim Wat­son has pre­vi­ously called for the gov­ern­ment to do a sim­i­lar wrap around Par­lia­ment’s Cen­tre Block when that build­ing goes un­der con­struc­tion next year, for what could be more than a decade of work.

Wat­son said he would like to see the gov­ern­ment do a wrap around the scaf­fold­ing with an image of Cen­tre Block, so tourists could con­tinue to get that iconic Ot­tawa photo.

Wu­drick said given how much this one wrap cost, he can’t see jus­ti­fy­ing the ex­pense for Cen­tre Block.

“Peo­ple who come to see par­lia­ment come to see the build­ing, they don’t come to see a pic­ture of the build­ing,” he said.

Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment Canada (PSPC) spokesper­son Pierre-alain Bu­jold said the de­ci­sion to use a branded tarp was based on con­cern from the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Com­mis­sion, City of Ot­tawa and Sparks Street Busi­ness and it might have a sec­ond life.

“PSPC is ex­plor­ing op­tions to re­use the tarp once con­struc­tion is com­pleted. We are look­ing for ways to part­ner with com­mu­ni­ty­based or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

He said the tarp was needed and even a plain white one would have cost over $200,000.

He said no de­ci­sions have been made on Cen­tre Block.

Ryan Tu­milty/metro

The Postal B build­ing in Down­town Ot­tawa is un­der­go­ing sig­nif­i­cant ren­o­va­tions. Tax­pay­ers are de­cry­ing the cost of the Canada 150 cov­er­ing, while the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has yet to de­cide what the fu­ture holds for Cen­tre Block.

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