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Two Important Contracts Issued in Support of New RCMP Detachment
September 18, 2019
Council has authorized issuance of two important contracts for architectural and managing consultant services for the new integrated RCMP detachment:
- A contract with KMBR Architects Planners. Inc. for $1,053,000, plus GST, for architectural and managing consultant services, and
- A contract with Unitech Construction Ltd. For $875,000, plus GST, for pre-construction and trades construction management services.
“Designing and building a new RCMP detachment will be a multi-year process, and this is one big step that moves the project towards its end goal,” says Mayor Al Siebring. “These two firms, along with the Project Manager already hired by Council, will be the key members of the project design team.”
The next step in the RCMP detachment project is the release of requests for proposal this month for electrical design and trades and mechanical design and trades. Once the preliminary design and estimated costs are confirmed, North Cowichan will conduct an alternative approval process to seek elector assent to borrow the money to construct the building. Information about the project, costs, options, and elector assent will be distributed to North Cowichan residents in advance of the alternative approval process, which is currently anticipated to occur in early 2020.
On December 19, 2018, Council agreed, in principle, to build an integrated RCMP detachment to bring together the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment, Forensic Identification Services, South Island Traffic Services, and Shawnigan Lake detachment. In order to understand the financial implications of an integrated detachment, an architect was retained to provide space analysis and a cost estimate. Working with the RCMP, the space analysis provided an agreed gross floor area of 4,640 meters, costed at $41 million by a quantity surveyor. Staff have since been working with a Project Manager consultant to build an integrated design team to develop designs and construction budgets.
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan