Ottawa telephone exchange, 30 Oct 1935
. GREAT PROGRAM FOR IMPROVING HERE Bell Telephone Starts on Work That Will Last Several Tears. PLAN EXPENSIVE . UNDERGROUND JOB It was learned today that th) purchase-arid clearing ol tha southwest corner of O'Connor and Albert streets as a site (or the main Ottawa building, and the conduit construction work now being done on O'Connor street is the start of a great program of improvements in the Capital by the Bell Tele-phone Company, which ultimately will involve expenditure of between $4,000,000 and J5.000.000. Tat whole project it hinged on the proposed introduction ot auto-, malic telephones In Ottawa. The first tUge of this will be effective Jbe UUer smrt t" 11JT when the Qaeca exchange and all Hall saber riser will be switched Ireas the anneal to the aatomalie telephone. This will Include about 15.000 instruments, practically all ot the Dominion Government departments, the largest -proportion of telephones In the butineaa and industrial area of the city. Seven-Year Pregraaa. Hie program of tha company for which the amount Indicated hss been set aside will cover a period ot six to seven years, it wit stated. It will take that lon to rearrange tha intricate cable and wire systems to provide for complete automatic telephones through the Cspi. al. The two main factors In the plan w' are ine new ouiunng ana ine ex- pensive automatic telephone equip ment, ine ouiiaing tor wnicn plans have been drawn by Barott and Blackader. Montreal architects, under supervision of the telephone company's own architectural department, will be four storeys in height at tha start but will be so erected as to take three additional storeys. A start will be made very soon on this structure, the sue having been cleared away by the contractors for tha demolition of tha old buildings which stood there. ll.oe.Soe Building. The building will Involve a cost of from (730.000 to S1.0O0.0OO and with automatic equipment which will occupy the largest port. on of the building the cost will run to 13.-000 MX). The change to automatic telephones will require a large amount Concluded an Page IS.