Net Zero Carbon Archival Facility Launched in Gatineau

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Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has launched a new archival facility behind and physically connected to LAC’s existing Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

The new Preservation Storage Facility features an automated storage and retrieval system for archival collections, offering 21,500 cubic meters of storage across six highly controlled vaults, equivalent to about 8.5 Olympic swimming pools. Plenary Properties Gatineau will handle facility maintenance, lifecycle, energy retrofitting, and shelving optimization at the existing Preservation Centre. The vaults are elevated to prevent flooding, surrounded by a "buffer zone," and equipped with roof drainage to mitigate water damage. It also includes shelving optimization and energy efficiency initiatives to maximize storage space and reduce the environmental impact of LAC’s operations. 

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