The Edward Drake Building

Ottawa, Ontario
PCL Constructors Canada
84,000 m2 | 775,000 ft2
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services
HDR Architecture (Associate Architect)
STUDIOS (Interiors)


Canadian Design-Build Institute, Design-Build Award of Excellence, Special Uses Category, 2016

ReNew Canada Magazine, Top 100 Biggest Infrastructure Projects in Canada, 2013

Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Innovation & Excellence in Project Financing Silver Award, 2011

Real Property Institute of Canada, Partnership (Group) Award, 2011

Project Finance Magazine, North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year, 2011

Situated within a forested property, this facility was designed around the unique needs of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) employees who analyze data as part of the Government of Canada’s security intelligence work. With its open interiors, access to daylight, and collaborative work environments and amenities, the building is designed to attract and retain the best and brightest Canadian mathematicians, computer programmers, language specialists and intelligence analysts. WZMH’s design also met the project requirements for a high-performance space that fulfills specialized technical requirements and  planning flexibility in support of CSEC’s dynamic mission.

The distinctive curving form of the “hub” —a multi-level communal space in the heart of the building —is inspired by the iconic maple key, subtly referencing the literal and symbolic importance of the maple to Canada. A series of pavilions surrounding the hub contain varied workplace functions, and offer ample views to the exterior. Fritted glass coding patterns on the curtain wall were the result of a design competition held by the building users.

The facility is LEED Gold certified and exceeds the highest standards for accessibility and life safety.