440 Albert Street Administrative Centre
Ottawa Tech is short for Ottawa Technical High School and is the current location of Space Simulation. Located at 440 Albert Street, the facility served as a high school offering vocational and trade related courses throughout the 50s and 60s. It was finally closed in 1992 due to declining enrollment and the decreasing demand for tradesmen. The school is still maintained by OCDSB and is used partly as a daycare, storage facility, and most importantly, a residence for the OCESS. Despite the property being valued at $10 million, the school board plans to hold onto the building, hoping to re-open the high school at a later time. Thus, the future of Spacesim's home is secure for the moment.
OCESS moved into Ottawa Tech in 1993, but was forced to leave in 1998 due to the fact that the OCDSB was preparing to sell the school. It was allowed back in 2001 after the closing of their Media Centre facilities.
Ottawa Tech graciously allowed the OCESS to make use of their auto garage, which was transformed into our location for many years. Ottawa Tech is where OCESS housed its Mission Control, Habitat, planetary surface and Simulators stations; as well as being the location for EEPs.
Currently, the organization is being moved to another room where a new Habitat will be built, with Mission Control perhaps being moved to none other than the Sim Office at Lisgar. This may postpone the Mission until after the usual date. At the end of November (2008) the construction of the New Habitat and deconstruction of the old Habitat began.