In a press release issued yesterday Department of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea announced plans for a new central headquarters for the entire Canadian Coast Guard Maritimes Region.
Currently the CCG is spread between three locations in Dartmouth. Their main building is located on Parker Street along Dartmouth’s waterfront. They also have offices in downtown Dartmouth and at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.
“This is part of an overall plan put forward almost ten years ago,” says Communications Manager Steven Bornais. “This will take the Coast guard in three locations and put them into one.”
Both DFO employees and CCG employees will be able to work alongside each other in the new building. “It brings people together. It’s more about consolidation than building problems,” explains Bornais.
The new building is slated to be just under 4,000 square metres and tenders for the design will be accepted until January 2010.
The new location does not include increased dock access but Bornais says that there is already plenty at BIO.
Construction will begin right after the call for tenders closes and the building is should be complete within a year.
The old Parker Street complex will eventually be handed over to the Canada Lands Company, a Crown corporation that redistributes or disposes of crown properties no longer in use.
The Parker Street Coast Guard Maritimes Region headquarters.