18 April, 2018 – Work on the new Maison de Radio-Canada is moving ahead at a feverish pace! The Central Equipment Room should be delivered by summer, while the main studio and building are starting to take shape.
Central Equipment Room
The building that will house the Central Equipment Room (CER), along Viger St., is now fully enclosed. Going forward, workers will focus on completing the building interior by the summer so that Radio-Canada technical crews can start installing and testing the broadcast technologies that, as we all know, must be up and running in time for the 2020 move.
The completion of the CER exterior means that Viger St. can now be fully reopened to traffic. Although the right lane may still be closed from time to time as needed, for the most part, things are back to normal on Viger.
Main studio taking shape
Located along the extension of Alexandre-De-Sève St., across from the current MRC, the main studio is also starting to take shape. This production space will take over from Studio 42, home to Tout le monde en parle, Les enfants de la télé and other popular shows. With the studio’s exterior steel structure now complete, the electromechanical work can get underway.
All floors in North and South blocks to be up by the summer
The main building is going up slowly but surely at the corner of Papineau and René-Lévesque East. By the summer, all floors in the North and South blocks should be up.
Note that for safety reasons, a covered pedestrian walkway has been set up on the René-Lévesque side to protect sidewalk and bike path users. The tunnel will be extended slightly over the coming weeks and will remain in place throughout the construction of the North Block.
All in all, work is progressing as planned so that CBC/Radio-Canada employees can move into their new address at 1000 Papineau Ave. by early 2020.