Chateau Laurier, Ottawa – Building Envelope Restoration

The beautiful Chateau Laurier is a piece of Canadian history, located in downtown Ottawa adjacent to the Parliament Buildings on the Rideau Canal, its style is French Gothic Châteauesque. Opened in 1912 with an official unveiling by Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier himself, no expense was spared when building this beautiful landmark. With granite blocks, white Italian marble, travertine staircases, and new copper roofing, the Chateau opened to widespread excitement.

When Fairmont, new owners of the hotel, decided it was time for a complete building envelope restoration and restoration of the copper roof back to its original appearance, Heather & Little was proud to take on this task.

Fairmont Chateau Laurier’s Building Envelope Restoration

When Heather & Little began the copper roofing project on the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, the existing roof required extensive repair work. We partnered with Lari Masonry Contractors in Ottawa to ensure the project went smoothly. The entire old copper roofing was removed from the hotel on five of the six total phases on the building before any restorative work could take place.

An entirely new air barrier membrane was installed, alongside new insulation and a new standing seam copper roofing system. New copper dormers were also replaced along with the new copper roof, to ensure a perfect aesthetic design. For these copper elements we used 20-ounce copper sheets, as they were the determined to be the best fit for the needs of this historic property.

To learn more about this building envelope restoration and copper roofing project, take a look at the images below.


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