Jan 08 2013
SURREY - The B.C. RCMP is getting ready to move into its new $1 billion headquarters in Surrey, federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced on Tuesday.
"We are excited to be at this stage in the development of a new headquarters building for the RCMP's E Division," said Toews. "This new facility will create operational efficiencies for E Division and will better support the RCMP in serving the public safety and security needs of British Columbians."
About 2,700 RCMP employees from 25 different E Division units will start moving into the new facility this month according B.C.'s Commanding Officer, Craig Callens.
"A move of this magnitude requires significant planning and coordination," said Callens. "We need to remain fully operational while in the process of moving. Our staff has been preparing for our move for a long time and we are excited to take occupancy of this purpose-built space that will serve us well for many years to come."
The new headquarters is located at 14200 Green Timbers Way in Surrey, in an area commonly referred to as Green Timbers.
Set adjacent to the Green Timbers forest, the new 76,162 square-metre facility has been designed and built to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification and incorporates a number of green building elements.
It was built as a public-private partnership by the federal government and a consortium led by Bouygues Building Canada, which will maintain and operate the facility for 25 years, as part of the fixed-price contract worth $966 million.
Additionally, the government will pay $8.9 million in insurance costs over the 25-year period, for a total cost of $975 million.