Lester B. Pearson Building Ottawa
The challenge presented, was to design and construct a flagpole to be situated atop the Lester B. Pearson Building – home of the Canadian Department of External Affairs.
The problem faced, is that access to the pole, for purpose of raising, lowering or changing the flag may not be done from the rooftop. Without guardrails, the rooftop could be extremely hazardous in winter or during periods of inclement weather.
The solution arrived at, was to design a flagpole whose bottom end rests in a top floor utility room, through a grated entryway in the roof, and is secured by brackets to the walls of this room. A custom-designed halyard system consisting of an opening in the pole, just below mid point and a patented pulley and brake system allows the flag to be lowered and tucked into the pole through that opening and may then be changed through an access door at the base.
This project was completed on time and the flagpole was raised to the roof by helicopter amid much fanfare.