The federal government announced today a $40-million investment for a new Atlantic region headquarters base to be built in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The new facility is designed for increased functionality in the modern workplace with the required codes and standards for occupational health and safety, and improved security. In support of government initiatives for green and energy efficient operations, tidal energy will be used to heat and cool the building.
Other energy saving devices, such as lighting, low-E windows, and low water usage fixtures, will also be installed to further increase building efficiency.
The tender for site preparation will be awarded in May 2015, with construction of the new facility starting later in the year. The new building is scheduled for completion in 2018. Once the new building is in place, the old structure will be demolished.
The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region has 1,900 employees; 634 are shore-based. About 200 employees work from the existing building in St. John’s and will continue to be based at the new headquarters building. The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region operates 19 large vessels, 23 small vessels including 15 search and rescue lifeboats, and nine helicopters.