Confederation Building (Newfoundland and Labrador)
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Confederation Building East Block
|Alternative names||French: Édifice de la Confédération|
|Architectural style||Post-War Modern|
|Location||St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Address||100 Prince Philip Drive|
|Town or city||St. John's|
|Elevation||100 metres (330 ft)|
|Current tenants||Government of Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Renovated||1982 & presently|
|Client||Government of Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Owner||Government of Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Landlord||Government of Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Height||64 metres (210 ft)|
|Other dimensions||198 metres (650 ft) wide|
64 metres (210 ft) tall (East Block)
|Floor area||34,838 square metres (374,990 sq ft)|
The Confederation Building serves as the home of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. It is located on Confederation Hill overlooking Newfoundland and Labrador's capital city, St. John's. The brick- and concrete-clad building has 11 storeys and is 64 metres (210 ft) tall. It was completed in 1960 at a cost of $9 million to replace the Colonial Building. A lantern is located at the top of the copper roof of the central tower and acts as a beacon when turned on at night.
In 1982, construction began on the West Block extension, a modern 7-storey structure, which is a six-storey building, with a gross floor area of 34,838 square metres (374,990 sq ft). The original building is now considered the East Block of the Confederation Building. A third building on the legislature campus is the Service Building Annex a two-storey building housing a day care centre and garage for some provincial government vehicles.
The complex consists of two buildings that house most departments of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. It also contains the provincial legislature, and offices for elected members.
The original and tallest of the two buildings.
It is home to these provincial government departments, agencies, and offices:
- Office of the Premier
- Executive Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Department of Finance
- Department of Justice and Public Safety
- House of Assembly
- Office of the Official Opposition
- Office of the Third Party
- Government Members Office
- Protocol Office
- Cabinet Secretariat
- Communications and Consultation Branch
- Hansard Office
- House of Assembly Broadcast Centre
Opened in 1985, this building is to the west of the East Block and contains most other provincial government departments, and various offices and agencies:
- Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
- Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
- Department of Health and Community Services
- Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
- Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
- Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
- Department of Transportation and Works
- Service NL
- Office of Public Engagement
- Center for Learning and Development
- Policy Innovation and Accountability Office
- Women's Policy Office
- Disability Policy Office
Remaining departments of the provincial government are located in other offices in St. John's:
- 95 Elizabeth Avenue - Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
- Petten Building, Strawberry Marsh Road - Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
- Natural Resources Building, 50 Elizabeth Avenue - Department of Natural Resources
- Howley Building, Higgins Line - Department of Natural Resources, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
- 40 Higgins Line - Office of the Chief Information Officer
- Sir Brian Dunfield Building, Mundy Pond Rd - Public Service Commission
- Argyle Building, Portugal Cove Rd - Research and Development Corporation
- 25 Hallett Crescent - Fire and Emergency Services
- 34 Pippy Place - Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
Statues and landmarks at the Legislature
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A number of statues and landmarks are located near the building:
- Statue of Gaspar Corte-Real - located southeast of the building.
- Statue of John Cabot - located at the foot of the steps at the East Block.
- Statue of Sir Wilfred Grenfell
- An enamel-coated metal coat of arms of Newfoundland and Labrador donated by businessman Paul J. Hohnson in 2000 is surrounded by a Gothic Revival stone lookout located in front of the East Block.
- The Royal Union Flag, the flag of Newfoundland and Labrador and the flag of Canada fly in front of the building.
- About Newfoundland and Labrador – Seat of Government – Confederation Building, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, 8 October 2015, retrieved 2 March 2016
- "Departmental Executive Directory". Archived from the original on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010.