July 5, 2010

Kasian to Design the Largest RCMP Divisional Headquarters in Canada

New Sustainable Complex Will Consolidate Police Personnel in One Centralized Location
For Immediate Release

Vancouver, BC –July 5th, 2010 – Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., (Kasian), will design the new Royal Canadian Mounted Police, (RCMP), E Division Headquarters in Surrey, BC. This integrated, purpose-built complex will provide consolidated office and support space for 2,700 police personnel, currently housed in 25 separate locations throughout the BC Lower Mainland. The new 76,162 sq. m. facility will enhance the RCMP’s ability to provide integrated, intelligence-based policing, and will improve overall communications and response times. This building is the largest federal accommodation project in the Pacific Region for Public Works and Government Services Canada, (PWGSC).

This landmark project is a public-private partnership, (P3), between the Government of Canada and Green Timbers Accommodation Partners, a consortium formed by Bouygues Batiment International, HSBC Infrastructure and ETDE FM Canada. Kasian was appointed by the Design and Build Joint Venture between Bouygues Building Canada and Bird Design-Build to lead the design of the facility. ETDE Facility Management Canada will provide all management services. A fixed price of $966 million has been agreed upon to design, build, finance and maintain the new headquarters for a term ending 25 years after construction.

Located on a 14 hectare site in the historic Green Timbers Urban Forest, this state-of-the-art headquarters is being built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold specifications.  LEED® is a voluntary, consensus-based building rating that supports the design, construction and operation of high-performance sustainable buildings and reduces their environmental impact. The site plan permits a 30 per cent expansion of all buildings to accommodate any future growth of RCMP operations and the project will meet current safety and security standards. Stringent efforts by the design team will ensure that the spectacular natural forest setting is carefully preserved.

Kasian Principal Michael McDonald will over-see the design for the new headquarters: “This modernist, clean and dignified facility will capture the stability and legacy of a distinctly Canadian institution, incorporating a careful balance between the natural beauty of the Green Timbers site with the need to create a highly functional, flexible and secure police environment. Our aim is to create an open and welcoming space that the personnel of RCMP E Division will be proud to call home.”

Full building construction on the RCMP E Division Headquarters will begin in July, 2010. The estimated date of completion for the project is December 2012.

ABOUT KASIAN

Kasian is one of the top 100 architecture, interior design and planning firms in the world. Over the past 25 years we have earned global recognition for our collaborative approach to design. Our goal is to harness the collective expertise and imagination of our international team of professionals to answer the complex questions asked by our clients. The result is award-winning spaces and sustainable environments for people everywhere. In particular, Kasian has an established track record in the delivery of P3 projects. Our landmark buildings in this sector include the patient-centred Surrey Outpatient Facility and the historic Calgary Courts Centre, one of the largest and most unique courthouses in North America