Video: Meet the engineer in charge of Centre Block assessments

Meet Yueshuang Zhu, an engineer who was in charge of the work we did to assess the condition of the Centre Block. By testing everything from the acoustics in the chambers to how much weight the floors could support, Yueshuang ensured the structure was ready to undergo the restoration and modernization work.

Transcript of Meet the engineer in charge of Centre Block assessments

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[Music plays]

(A man and a woman wearing safety gear talking together.)

(Text on screen: Our People at Work)

(Images of the Centre Block building.)

(Image of a man smiling and standing in front of Centre Block.)

Working at Canada’s parliamentary buildings … I never thought it would be possible for me.

(Text on screen: Yueshuang Zhu, Project Manager, Public Services and Procurement Canada.)

(Yueshuang speaks.)

My name is Yueshuang Zhu, I work as a project manager with PSPC under the Centre Block Rehabilitation program with the assessments.

(Image of Yueshuang and a woman in the basement of Centre Block.)

Assessment, in more descriptive terms, is generally we’re poking holes in the building, making small openings to find out, for example, if a steel beam is exactly the detail that we expected.

(Image of Yueshuang in a military outfit.)

I’m a civil engineer. I was trained at the University of Toronto. I was a combat engineer officer with the Canadian Forces. As a combat engineer officer, I would have been in charge of safeguarding the general national security.

(Image of Centre Block’s ceiling.)

As a project manager for the Centre Block Rehabilitation Program, I feel like it also impacts Canadians.

(Images of the roof of Centre Block.)

The thing that I like most about my job is that it’s quite challenging. I’ve also seen a little bit of everything from all the other engineering disciplines and also conservation architecture. I’ve been able to learn a lot.

(Image of two men standing in front of the Peace Tower.)

This rehabilitation is probably the most important one in Canada because of the nature of the building that we’re rehabilitating. It is the seat of power in Canada and the efficiency of the building use when it’s actually completed … rehabilitation will affect the democratic process.

(Public Services and Procurement Canada signature)

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