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macgregor
Nov 25, 2009, 9:41 PM
DFO Minister Gail Shea will soon announce that a tender has been issued to design and construct a new Canadian Coast Guard regional headquarters building in Dartmouth at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. Construction is expected to begin in early 2010 with a completion date of summer 2011.

The new building will bring together Coast Guard Maritimes Region employees who are currently located at the CCG Base on Parker Street and the office on Portland Street in Dartmouth. This is one in a series of regional projects to support the planned divestiture of the Parker Street Base, which also involves the relocation of all fleet vessels to BIO.

I have heard from sources in the department that the building will be about 5 floors high and will be built to a LEED standard. The approximate location will be near: 1 Discovery Dr., Dartmouth, NS.

macgregor
Nov 25, 2009, 9:45 PM
Minister Shea Announces New CCG Maritimes Headquarters for Dartmouth

November 25, 2009

DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, is pleased to announce the tender call for companies interested in designing and building a new headquarters for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Maritimes Region.

“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,” Minister 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 metres 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 the use of recycled building materials.

A number of CCG activities, including fleet operations, have already 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.

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2009/mar16-eng.htm

spaustin
Nov 25, 2009, 10:09 PM
Hmm wonder if that means the existing coast guard base will be surplus in a few years.

Dmajackson
Nov 25, 2009, 10:13 PM
^Hopefully the current base could be a great spot for a mini waterfront area in Dartmouth.

I'ts nice to see it being built to LEED standards. That are right now could do with some improvments that something like this will bring.

sdm
Nov 26, 2009, 11:30 AM
^Hopefully the current base could be a great spot for a mini waterfront area in Dartmouth.

I'ts nice to see it being built to LEED standards. That are right now could do with some improvments that something like this will bring.

I wish more private developers would consider the benefits of building their buildings to LEED standards, as the majority of buildings built to those standards around here are only government owned buildings.

I believe the only private built building i know of is Park Place V in dartmouth.

Dmajackson
Apr 9, 2010, 6:45 PM
Does anybody know who received the tender or what the construction schedule is going to look like?

Jstaleness
Sep 9, 2010, 10:56 PM
By Me.

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG00209.jpg
http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG00210.jpg

Jstaleness
Sep 9, 2010, 10:57 PM
I guess this can be changed from Tender to U/C

spaustin
Sep 10, 2010, 12:41 AM
Wow, they moved quick! Less than a year from announcement to construction underway.

halifaxboyns
Sep 10, 2010, 4:21 AM
I guess this makes the crane count 11?

Jstaleness
Sep 10, 2010, 11:08 PM
I'll try to get some pics from Seaview Park once the building begins to grow. Seaview will be a good place to watch this go up.

Dmajackson
Sep 10, 2010, 11:30 PM
I'll try to get some pics from Seaview Park once the building begins to grow. Seaview will be a good place to watch this go up.

You can kill two updates with one stone by going to Bayview Condos site as well.

spaustin
Sep 12, 2010, 3:26 PM
From today's Herald:

Dartmouth company wins $14.5-million contract to build coast guard headquarters

By PAT LEE Staff Reporter
Sun, Sep 12 - 11:44 AM

(Artist's design / contributed)

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/8473/coastguardhqdartmouth.jpg


The Canadian Coast Guard is one step closer to moving into its long-awaited new headquarters with the announcement that the $14.5-million construction contract has been awarded.

The facility will be built at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography site in Dartmouth and is expected to open in November of next year.
The job of constructing the five-storey building goes to PCL Contractors Canada of Dartmouth, which also recently won the bid to build the new RCMP headquarters in Burnside.

The announcement was made Sunday at BIO by Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Gail Shea, minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

Standing dockside with flag-ship research vessel CCGS Hudson nearby, MacKay lauded the coast guard for its vital role in policing the country's waterways, search and rescue efforts as well as taking part in vital ocean research.

"They are a part of our culture, our history and economy and have an impact on the lives of all Canadians," he said.

Shea acknowledged that the new facility, which will replace a century-old base off Parker Street in Dartmouth, is long overdue.

"It's been a work in progress for approximately 10 years, so it's good to see construction starting here," she said.

She said along with the new office building, a shipyard will be built to accommodate coast guard vessels.

About 160 coast guard employees currently work at two different sites.

The new 3,724-square-metre building will be built with environmentally friendly features such as a "green" roof, recycled materials and a cooling system using seawater from the Bedford Basin.

fenwick16
Sep 12, 2010, 4:10 PM
This looks quite decent.

Dmajackson
Sep 12, 2010, 5:22 PM
^That does look good. :tup:

One thing I'm wondering is why are they building their HQ at BIO if all of the Coast Guard facilities are down towards Woodside?

Does this mean when this building and shipyard are complete the current site will be up for redevelopment?

Jstaleness
Sep 12, 2010, 6:31 PM
I guess this makes the crane count 11?

One thing is for sure. Dartmouth will always have at least 1 crane thanks to the metal yard of Wright in Burnside. :tup:

beyeas
Sep 13, 2010, 11:28 AM
^That does look good. :tup:

One thing I'm wondering is why are they building their HQ at BIO if all of the Coast Guard facilities are down towards Woodside?

Does this mean when this building and shipyard are complete the current site will be up for redevelopment?

Yup. I read in AllNovaScotia today that the site will 1st be offered to other federal departments to see if they are interested, followed by the province, followed b the city. If none of them are interested in purchasing then it will go in the open market.

Apparently fleet operations have already moved to BIO, and all 160 employees of the CG will be at the new site once it is completed.

Jonovision
Sep 13, 2010, 1:04 PM
The new building looks great! And as much as I want to see that site on the Dartmouth Cove go up for redevelopment I think it was a bad move for the Coast Guard. I have a friend who works there and she hates that they are moving to Bedford. The site in Dartmouth Cove is a better location to serve the entire harbour in case of emergencies. It's more of a central location.

macgregor
Sep 24, 2010, 10:19 PM
From Sept 9. More to come.

http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af65/macgregor10/IMG_0038.jpg

http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af65/macgregor10/IMG_0037.jpg

Source: me

Wishblade
Sep 24, 2010, 10:23 PM
^Are they taking the crane down??? :shrug:

macgregor
Sep 24, 2010, 10:38 PM
^Are they taking the crane down??? :shrug:

This is it going up. Sorry I took this on Sept 9. Wrong date.

Dmajackson
Sep 28, 2010, 9:41 PM
Photo from the weekend;

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/5033895055_6317f8b777_z.jpg

Jstaleness
Sep 30, 2010, 6:05 PM
Just a few more from today from up on hill by me.
http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/DSCF8437.jpg
Some rebar being moved into base.
http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/DSCF8440.jpg

Dmajackson
Oct 11, 2010, 4:33 PM
From this weekend;

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/5072261824_90fbabc172_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/5072258040_5ac7b959a9_z.jpg

Dmajackson
Nov 15, 2010, 6:44 AM
These are more scenic than useful but one's from the top of the hill and the other is from the South Jetty in Bedford;

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4113/5175672833_80613e4a70_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4083/5176276404_f0f5604905_z.jpg

Oh and just a heads up to anyone visiting the site, use caution on the upper road. I have been through the area four times now and I've seen three seperate occassions of deer crossing the road.

Dmajackson
Nov 23, 2010, 3:37 AM
From today;

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5200530234_f26a142494_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5200528566_9ac1d3ff9a_z.jpg

Jstaleness
Dec 2, 2010, 3:47 PM
Took my video camera down there today and had already thought to myself about checking the battery. Didn't check it. Camera didn't even turn on. Second floor looks to be finished and the third floor is being framed.
There was also a large mobile crane at the Canada Food Agency site on Agency Dr. nearby. I don't think anything new is developing behind them so I assumed it was just for a new Heating/Cooling system.

Dmajackson
Dec 2, 2010, 11:56 PM
Took my video camera down there today and had already thought to myself about checking the battery. Didn't check it. Camera didn't even turn on. Second floor looks to be finished and the third floor is being framed.
There was also a large mobile crane at the Canada Food Agency site on Agency Dr. nearby. I don't think anything new is developing behind them so I assumed it was just for a new Heating/Cooling system.

Good to see I might of inspried some people. :P

Just make sure you don't focus to hard on the video or else you might walk into one of the deer ... sadly I'm not joking those animals are way too tame for living in the woods ... luckily they are smarter than local drivers so they don't get all that often (except on Magazine Hill).

One thing I am wondering about is the parking for the building. I didn't see anything shown in the renderings and if it truly is on the third floor than it means there will be no underground structure. I really hope they don't pave all of the land in back of the building. Or at least if they do make it big enough to close the parking lot on top of the cliff (its usually empty anyways).

Jstaleness
Dec 3, 2010, 2:04 PM
The land behind the building looks like it might be groomed for surface parking. It would be a small lot though so I guess we will wait and see what they do. The Overflow parking was full yesterday.

Dmajackson
Dec 5, 2010, 5:24 AM
Coast Guard HQ - 2010/12/04:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5282/5232660785_0aa827678c_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5232664771_e11d3db884_z.jpg

BTW spotted seven deer on or right off the road tonight.

fenwick16
Dec 5, 2010, 6:05 AM
Coast Guard HQ - 2010/12/04:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5232664771_e11d3db884_z.jpg

BTW spotted seven deer on or right off the road tonight.

That is wild! It looks like a scene from the Marineland near Niagara Falls, Ontario that has a deer petting pin. Will they take food from your hand?

Dmajackson
Dec 5, 2010, 6:11 AM
^Don't know haven't tried that in Halifax yet. The last time I tried to feed deer food out of my hand (in Marineland of all places) one of them got smart and put the entire backside of my t-shirt in its mouth.

I saw a lady stading right next to them a couple of weeks ago taking some close-up shots.

Jstaleness
Dec 5, 2010, 5:39 PM
Yes, the dear in the area will take food from peoples hands. I know someone who lives in the area and sends me pictures of the deer all the time being fed.

fenwick16
Dec 5, 2010, 11:52 PM
It is right to assume that hunting deer isn't permitted in the HRM urban area. I hope so, for the sake of these deer.

Northend Guy
Dec 6, 2010, 5:56 PM
It is right to assume that hunting deer isn't permitted in the HRM urban area. I hope so, for the sake of these deer.

Nah, the deer are fine - it is the people who need to watch their back...:koko:

fenwick16
Dec 6, 2010, 7:14 PM
Nah, the deer are fine - it is the people who need to watch thier back...:koko:

Yes, it seems as though people are being shot at unusually high numbers in the Halifax area. Probably the deer are safer than people, as you pointed out.

Dmajackson
Dec 19, 2010, 4:25 AM
Photos for a quiet day;

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5170/5273113276_b7c05a8d10_z.jpg

Dmajackson
Jan 9, 2011, 2:50 PM
Some more photos;

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5204/5338505928_91474971c2_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/5337899861_73e120af47_z.jpg

Jstaleness
Jan 20, 2011, 8:31 PM
From Today

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/PIC_0067.jpg
http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/PIC_0068.jpg

Jstaleness
Jan 20, 2011, 8:39 PM
Took this while there. Not much happening.

idC-wNlyhkI

Dmajackson
Jan 30, 2011, 1:48 AM
... And from my commute home;

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5018/5399815480_5756846261_z.jpg

DigitalNinja
Jan 30, 2011, 4:12 AM
I thought the building would be a bit bigger, but it looks great! Do you know if there will be a warf that they are going to build there? Or will they use the old ones later.

Dmajackson
Feb 5, 2011, 12:53 AM
From today;

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5098/5416773333_6c808e9a2e_z.jpg

macgregor
Feb 9, 2011, 11:55 PM
http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af65/macgregor10/IMG_0248.jpg
Photo by myself

Dmajackson
Feb 16, 2011, 6:11 AM
From today;

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4109/5449677801_a646af5f03_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5019/5449662655_3c78afb1ae_z.jpg

Jstaleness
Feb 16, 2011, 11:58 AM
This is looking a bit different than the rendering. The rendering showed a ground level and then 3 full floors of office and what looked like a partial 4th floor of office totaling 5fl.
In the last picture the 5fl looks like it is full size compared to the rest. Am I right or am I just looking at it wrong.

Dmajackson
Mar 18, 2011, 2:39 AM
^It is a partial 5th floor. Unfortunately its not noticable from the backside where we normally take the photos. I took these two from the Bedford Waterfront so sorry about the blurry zoom but it does show what I'm talking about;

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5131/5536294954_2695a3906a_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5219/5536277036_c35ca74140_z.jpg

Dmajackson
Mar 22, 2011, 5:51 PM
A much higher quality photo;

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5100/5548665733_d60b207b9b_z.jpg

Jonovision
Mar 23, 2011, 3:30 AM
Thanks for the pics!

Jstaleness
Apr 2, 2011, 4:42 PM
2 from my cell today.

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG00345.jpg

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG00344.jpg

DigitalNinja
Apr 2, 2011, 6:03 PM
I wonder if the steel frame floor will be occupied or mechanical?

Dmajackson
Apr 10, 2011, 2:22 AM
No more crane :(

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5226/5604950074_82965a9018_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/5604354511_7a492757db_z.jpg

DigitalNinja
Apr 10, 2011, 9:08 PM
The Precast looks pretty good, at least it's white.

Jstaleness
Apr 11, 2011, 3:44 PM
by me.
http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG00360.jpg

If you are facing the building from the upper parking lot and turn 180 degrees this is what you'll look at. Red brick building is one of the townhouse buildings on Princess Margaret Blvd. Last night someone told me that some of these buildings were going to be knocked down as a road extension was needed to get traffic in and out of this new development. Right now it just looks like additional parking. Does anyone know if Princess Margaret is supposed to be lengthened to meet up with Hudson Way and Discovery Dr?

Jstaleness
May 6, 2011, 6:04 PM
By Me.
http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG_0423.jpg

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG_0421.jpg

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG_0422.jpg

Finally 2 shots of whatever is happening on the other side

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG_0424.jpg

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG_0425.jpg

Dmajackson
May 16, 2011, 1:49 AM
And more photos;

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5161/5724321805_1ca499e1d8_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5167/5724326003_7e1eeafdb2_z.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3126/5724329899_727c3a540e_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5052/5724891228_3139955a6d_z.jpg

Dmajackson
Jun 6, 2011, 5:00 AM
Update from this weekend:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2301/5803096066_0c296f5f95_z.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3505/5803099046_8535a86c2e_z.jpg

Dmajackson
Jul 3, 2011, 3:16 AM
Hard to believe I haven't been here for almost a month;

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6008/5895427165_e07bcb1126_z.jpg

Dmajackson
Aug 28, 2011, 5:01 AM
Some from today;

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6071/6087411313_93eaffbe81_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6189/6088027076_6d0b3139cf_z.jpg

Jstaleness
Aug 28, 2011, 1:43 PM
I'm not sure how I feel about the color panels. I'll make a final call when the exterior is done.

Jstaleness
Sep 12, 2011, 11:25 PM
Not a lot of change since the last update but here are 2 pictures anyway. by me.

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG_2280.jpg

http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu360/jstaleness/IMG_2281.jpg

Dmajackson
Jan 24, 2012, 8:53 PM
Some photos from Africville;

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7173/6756609487_1882a9d2a9_z.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7154/6756611003_a032e6167a_z.jpg

Dmajackson
Feb 19, 2012, 7:51 PM
From yesterday (Urban_Halifax @ flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/75563463@N02/))

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7070/6904499081_95ae0a9925_z.jpg

Jstaleness
Feb 20, 2012, 12:01 AM
Is this building complete now?

scooby074
Feb 20, 2012, 3:18 AM
multi-colouried facade is ugly and IMHO inappropriate for a government/military installation. The original rendering was more appropriate. Great location though.