Series GR-3267 - Parliament buildings renovation photographic record

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Parliament buildings renovation photographic record

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  • graphic material
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  • 1978-1979 (Creation)
    British Columbia Buildings Corporation

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57 cm of graphic material (ca. 3920 photographs) and 13 cm of textual records

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The British Columbia Buildings Corporation was established as a Crown corporation on June 30 1976 in accordance with the British Columbia Buildings Corporation Act. The Corporation was frequently referred to as the province’s largest landlord. Its mandate was to “identify the…accommodation…service requirements of the British Columbia Government, and to satisfy those needs in a responsive and cost-effective manner” as well as to provide a “system of accountabilities for the planning and providing of accommodation.” The first President and Chief Executive Officer was appointed May 1977 and official operations commenced on April 1, 1978. The fiscal agent of the corporation was the Minister of Finance.

The BCBC was to consist of no more than nine directors appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The President reported to the Board of Directors, who in turn reported to the relevant Minister. By 1992, five groups (Marketing and Client Services, Project Development, Real Estate, Property Management, and Administration) reported to the President. These groups developed from the four established in 1988 (Planning and Client Services, Development, Real Estate, and Administration)

The BCBC operated several regional offices across the province with a head office in Victoria. The original regional offices were located in Burnaby, Kamloops, and Prince George, although by 1983 the duties of the Kamloops office had been transferred to the Prince George location. At the same time, two of twenty Building Management Units were eliminated, which was followed by a further three the following year when Cranbrook combined with Nelson, Dawson Creek with Prince George, and Tranquille with Kamloops.

By 1997, the organization had grown to include eight administrative districts with 70 service centres and remote offices. The administrative districts included Victoria, Vancouver Island/North, Vancouver, Burnaby/New Westminster/Tri Cities, Fraser, Thompson/Okanagan/Cariboo, Kootenay/Columbia Boundary, Skeena/Central Interior/Peace.

By the early 1990s, BCBC chaired the Crown Management Group’s Environment Committee and was a member of the Capital Regional District Round Table on the Environment. By 1994, the BCBC had a portfolio of more than 3,400 buildings.

The Corporation was dissolved in 2006 under section 9 of the Public Agency Accommodation Act. Its assets, properties, and rights were transferred to the provincial government and as of 2016 they were administered by Accommodation and Real Estate Services within the Ministry of Technology, Innovation, and Citizens’ Services.

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The series consists of photographs taken by the British Columbia Buildings Corporation to document projects 0490 and 0490B (0946). These two projects managed the restoration of the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, BC in 1978-1979. Photographs were taken before, during and after restoration and consist of colour and black and white negatives for project 0490; and colour negatives, colour prints, contact sheets and floor plans for project 0490B. The negatives were filed in a metal cabinet by project and negative number. The contact sheets were filed in a binder which included floor plans of the buildings. Each floor plan was annotated with arrows and notes recording negative numbers and the direction photographs were taken. There are negative lists for both projects, but only those for project 0490B are filled in. The negative lists note where each photograph was taken and can be compared against the contact sheets, the colour prints and the floor plans. Similar lists, contact sheets and floor plans existed for project 0490 but BCBC was unable to locate them at the time of transfer. Colour prints for project 0490 have subsequently been found in GR-3339, Deputy Minister photographs.

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Transferred from British Columbia Buildings Corporation in 1983.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records
Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage is inaccessible.

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Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.

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No further accruals expected.

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Accession number(s): 198310-017


Graphic material may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.

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Includes ca. 907 photographs : col., ca. 3000 photographs : col. negatives and 13 photographs : b&w negatives.

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  • Box: 000922-0001
  • Box: 000922-0002
  • Box: 000922-0003
  • Box: 000922-0004