Fonds BEA - Jacques C. Beauchamp fonds

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Jacques C. Beauchamp fonds

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CA ON00419 BEA

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  • 1893-1990, 2014 (Creation)
    Beauchamp, Jacques C., 1928-

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3.72 linear metres of textual records and other material

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(1928-06-08 -)

Biographical history

Jacques C. Beauchamp was born in Ottawa on 8 June 1928. He received a bilingual education in Ottawa schools and then went to McGill University in Montreal. He graduated with a bachelors in civil engineering in 1952. He started with the Department of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources on the restoration of historical sites and bridge designs for the National Parks Branch. Beauchamp moved to the federal Department of Public Works (later Public Works Canada) in 1955 where he worked on the design of structures for the Trans-Canada Highway through the Rockies and bridges in the north.

Beauchamp was a District Engineer in Quebec 1960-1967, where he was responsible for the Trans-Canada Highway in Quebec, Roads to Resources, and other civil engineering work. In 1970 Beauchamp became the Director of Bridge Engineering for Public Works Canada (PWC) in Ottawa and the Director General of Structures in 1987. He oversaw the design, assessment and repair of interprovincial bridges. He had oversight of the skating oval, ski jump and bob sled/luge tracks for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. Beauchamp’s most important project was the preliminary work on the Confederation Bridge linking Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick across the Northumberland Strait. He was one of the key people in overseeing the preparation of engineering feasibility studies and the first round of tender proposals for the construction of the Confederation Bridge. Beauchamp retired from PWC in 1990.

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Jacques C. Beauchamp donated his material to CMST in 2015.

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Fonds consists of the professional papers of Jacques C. Beauchamp, a bridge engineer and later head of Structures for Public Works Canada. Fonds also includes Beauchamp’s articles and reports on bridge design, construction and appraisal plus articles and reports produced by his staff. There are files on the creation of the federal Place du Portage complex in Gatineau, Québec, 1958-1975, and federal bridges crossing the Ottawa River.

There are numerous files on the role of Public Works Canada in overseeing the feasibility and the bidding competition for a crossing of the Northumberland Strait between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick which resulted in the Confederation Bridge. Included is historical material from previous designs and the role of the federal government in building a crossing as well as feasibility studies by consultants and the first round of technical proposals for building a crossing.

Fonds also contains Beauchamp’s subject files on bridge types (cable-stayed, concrete, box girder etc.). Other subject files cover construction standards, environmental assessments, seismic events etc. There are prints and slides of interprovincial bridges, the construction of Olympic facilities in Calgary and specific bridge types.

The material is organized into six series: Personal; Public Works Canada; Northumberland Crossing Project; Bridge Subject Files; General Subject Files; and Photographs and Slides.

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A Memorandum to Cabinet in file 037 series 003 Northumberland Crossing Project: Historical is restricted until it is declassified by the concerned Government of Canada departments.

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The fonds for the Department of Public Works/Public Works Canada is at Library and Archives Canada.

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Related material: Trade literature found in the fonds has been transferred to the library of the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

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Includes 3.72 linear metres of textual records, 413 photographs, 617 slides, 135 negatives, and 6 transparencies.

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Archival description by Larry McNally and Tony Rybczynski, May 2017. Slight revisions, draft French translation, and entry into Archeion by Adele Torrance, June 2018. French proof-reading by Céline Mongeau, Linda Linguistic Services June 2018.

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