Michele Comeau Learning Centre

DESCRIPTION: Full consulting services were provided for the award-winning adaptive re-use of the former Nutrition Building (Building 59) which houses the Michele Comeau Learning Centre, a fully accessible training centre.


The design mandate was to preserve the existing heritage character of the building’s exterior while satisfying the complex requirements of the new program. Exterior heritage preservation involved the restoration of the existing wood detailing, masonry restoration and repointing. The restored exterior fabric offset the new entrance and interior spaces which were designed in a sympathetic, modern vocabulary.

YEAR: 2002

ADDRESS: Bldg 59, Central Experimental Farm, 960 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

CLIENT: Public Services and Procurement Canada

AREA: 1,300 m²

AWARDS: Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards Certificate of Merit; City of Ottawa, Accessibility by Design Award of Excellence