The CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre is located in Ottawa, Canada and is home to the head office of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the CBC's various English and French language operations in the National Capital Region. Ottawa (ˈɒtəwə or sometimes /ˈɒtəwɑː/ is the Capital of Canada and the country's fourth largest municipality. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page The National Capital Region is an official federal designation for the Canadian capital of Ottawa, Ontario, the neighboring city of Gatineau, Quebec The building was opened in 2004, and contains approximately 37,700 square metres (270,000 square feet) of office space. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again "
Previously, the CBC operated out of various buildings throughout the city. The radio division occupied the sixth floor of the Château Laurier hotel, while the television division operated out of a building in the Westboro neighbourhood. The Fairmont Château Laurier is a landmark Hotel in downtown Ottawa, Ontario located near the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Westboro is a neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada, often referred to as Westboro Village. The CBC's Parliamentary Bureau operated out of the National Press Building on Wellington Street and the Booth Building on Sparks Street. The National Press Building in Ottawa, Canada is a building on Wellington Street, just across from the West Block of the Parliament Buildings Wellington Street is a name of a street in Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada Wellington Street Hong Kong Wellington Sparks Street is a street in downtown Ottawa, Canada that was converted into an outdoor Pedestrian street in 1966 making it the earliest such The CBC head office previously occupied the Edward Drake Building in Ottawa south, but budgetary cutbacks in the 1980s and 1990s led to the sale of that building and to a drastic downsizing of the head office staff. The Edward Drake Building represents one of the best examples of modernist architecture in Canada 's National Capital Region. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 Prior to the opening of the Broadcast Centre, the remaining head office staff shared space with the television operations in the Westboro building.
The Ottawa Broadcast Centre was built by and is owned by Morguard Investments. Not all of it is leased by the CBC, with the top floors occupied by the House of Commons administration (Information Services). It is located at 181 Queen Street, between Bank Street and O'Connor Street. Bank Street is the major north-south road in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The rear of the building backs out on the Sparks Street pedestrian mall. The site had been vacant for several years and had previously been home to a Woolworths department store. The F W Woolworth Company (often referred to as Woolworth's) was a retail company that was one of the original American five-and-dime stores
Several of the studios and the newsroom are located at ground level on Sparks Street, allowing the public to observe from outside through 4 metre high (more than 12 feet) windows. Eight different CBC news services, consisting of 200 editorial staff in the National Capital Region, operate in both English and French out of the main newsroom to produce content for radio, television and the internet.
The main design feature of the Broadcast Centre is that it appears as a typical multi-storey office building on the Queen Street frontage, whereas the Sparks Street frontage is consistent with the low-rise development on the pedestrian mall. Given the significant terracing of the building's Sparks Street façade above the fourth floor and the grade differential between Queen Street and Sparks Street, the building is 12 storeys on Queen Street, but appears to be only four storeys in height from ground level on Sparks Street.
Although the built-form treatment on Sparks Street has been widely acclaimed, the building has been criticized for the lack of a public entrance on Sparks Street. Visitors and non-CBC employees working on the building's upper floors must access the building from Queen Street, thus directing pedestrians away from the pedestrian mall. A pathway linking the Queen Street lobby to Sparks Street was cut from the original design to make room for a larger newsroom.