Shea announces new CCG Maritimes headquarters for Dartmouth

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Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, has announced the tender call for companies interested in designing and building a new headquarters for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Maritimes Region in Dartmouth, N.S. “Our Government is committed to ensuring Canadian Coast Guard employees have the facilities they need to carry out their important work on behalf of Canadians,” Shea said. “This project is one of a series of activities being undertaken to consolidate CCG operations in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO), which will lead to more effective program delivery in the region.”

A tender call has been issued on behalf of the department by Public Works and Government Services Canada. The tender closes in January 2010.

A contract is expected to be awarded early in 2010 with construction completed by summer 2011.

The new 3,724 square-metre headquarters will be located on the campus of the world-renowned BIO and will incorporate environmentally sustainable design features such as a “green” roof, optimal use of sunlight exposure to the site, and use of recycled building materials.

A number of CCG activities, including fleet operations, have already been moved to BIO from the current Dartmouth base.

The move will create efficiencies by bringing together Fisheries and Oceans Canada and CCG functions as well as better linking CCG with its Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre at Shannon Hill, near BIO.

More than 160 CCG employees currently working at two locations in Dartmouth will move to the new building.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Public Works and Government Services Canada Fisheries and Oceans Canada Marine Communications Traffic Services Centre

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Shannon Hill

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