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Halifax Nova Scotia B3H 2R1
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Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Y8
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HALIFAX OFFICE
1046 Barrington Street, Suite 200
Halifax Nova Scotia B3H 2R1
T: 902.422.4493
F: 902.422.5066

TORONTO OFFICE
150 Bay Thorn Drive
Toronto Ontario L3T 3V3
T: 416.487.4113

Province House, Charlottetown, PEI

  • Historic architectural and structural engineering investigation and temporary stabilization of exterior stone masonry walls.

Client: Taylor Hazell Architects Limited/Parks Canada

Owner: Province of Prince Edward Island

Description of Services:

J.W. Cowie Engineering Limited was invited by Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd. to participate in a proposal call by Parks Canada to conduct an architectural and structural engineering investigation on the exterior stone masonry walls of Province House. Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd. (Prime Consultant from Toronto) in association with Spencer R. Higgins Architects Inc. of Toronto and J.W. Cowie Engineering Ltd. of Halifax were awarded the project.

Province House was constructed between 1843 and 1847. The exterior walls of the building are load bearing stone masonry supporting interior timber framed floors and timber roof trusses.

Province House houses the legislature of the province of Prince Edward Island and is a national historic site of Canada and is a designated provincial heritage place. The building is owed by the Province of Prince Edward Island and operated under joint management agreement between the Province and Parks Canada Agency.

Site investigative work began in the Fall of 2012. During the site investigative work, J.W. Cowie, M.Eng., P.Eng. discovered the mortar throughout portions of the exterior wall was in an advanced state of deterioration, isolated sections of the exterior walls had displaced and sections of timber were rotten. One area required immediate temporary stabilization which was designed by J.W. Cowie, M.Eng., P.Eng. and installed under the supervision of J.W. Cowie.

Subsequent to the completion of the site investigative work, restoration design drawings and specifications were prepared for temporary stabilizing isolated areas of the exterior masonry walls including, the stabilization of the capstones throughout the North and South elevations of the building. The construction contract was awarded to Clifford Restoration Ltd. of Toronto.

J.W. Cowie, M.Eng., P.Eng. also participated in the preparation of a report advising of the requirements for long term permanent restoration construction with associated restoration construction costs.