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Roof leaks put new Edmonton police campus behind schedule


August 2, 2019
By Staff

Edmonton’s new police station and operations facility won’t open as scheduled this year, after engineers discovered leaks in the roof, city officials told CBC on July 19.

Construction on the $107-million Edmonton Police Service Northwest Campus, which started in 2016, is complete but “issues” with the roof were discovered toward the end of construction, the city said in a news release.

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The building is on 127th Street north of Anthony Henday Drive. It is being built by PCL Construction Management.

It had been slated to go into service early this year but is now forecast to be open in the first half of 2020, pending results of an investigation that is underway.

Jesse Banford, the city’s director of facility infrastructure delivery, said the roof is being tested in a systematic approach to figure out what’s causing the leaks.

Police were supposed to start moving into the building the first part of this year.

Chad Tawfik, acting deputy EPS chief, said the delay will affect training as well as operations at the divisional station and the investigation management and approval centre.

“It does have some impacts but we have to be adjustable and flexible to make it work,” Tawfik said.

He said police will continue to do business as usual at other stations but the delay means the northwest division still doesn’t have a front counter for the public. There is not a front counter at the station currently used.

“It’d be much better once that facility is open for us.”

 

The campus would house approximately 250 staff members, according to the city, and provide training space for all EPS staff and up to 70 detainee cells.