New regional policing facility

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Background

The current station on Main Street was built in the 1970’s when Moncton had a much smaller-scale police force.

Fast forward to the 1990’s, when the local police force was converted to a tri-community force, offered by what is now known as the Codiac Regional RCMP (serving Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview).

As the area’s population grew, so did the needs of the community and, by extension, the number of officers and civilian staff.

Around 2010, discussions began on the topic of renovating/expanding the existing facility, or building a new one.

Chronology

The process was initiated in 2012, when a firm was hired to conduct a feasibility study. Since then, there have been many checkpoints and milestones with Moncton City Council – in fact, elected officials were consulted or informed of progress multiple times since 2013.

Some highlights, as well as next steps, are outlined in the timeline document found in the ‘Resources’ section to the right.

Current Building

There are numerous challenges with the current building, including:

  • The building is currently at electrical capacity;
  • The building does not meet post-disaster requirements;
  • The building has suffered from multiple leaks and floods, leading to significant water infiltration throughout the building;
  • The building lacks sufficient space and critical components of policing operations, such as the Operations Command Centre (OCC Dispatch), have been required to move off-site until a new building is constructed;
  • It was built over 40 years ago for a single police force (before policing was a regional service for Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe);
  • The safety of both employees and individuals detained for arrest is at risk;
  • Numerous building code deficiencies have been identified.

Project Cost

Clearly, a new policing facility isn’t a regular construction project. Beyond stringent security guidelines to follow, the work that will happen here is specialized, therefore has unique needs. Some examples include the construction materials that must be used in certain areas of the building, and the technical nature of some products. This type of specialty construction can be much different than typical commercial construction.

Budgeted components
$57.2M = total project cost estimate

  • Land acquisition
  • Site remediation and preparation
  • Professional services (i.e. architectural/engineering firms, project management, testing and geotechnical services)
  • Construction costs and appropriate contingencies
  • Furniture and fixtures
  • Information technology systems
  • Security System components
  • Legal Fees
  • Public Art component
  • HST costs

All companies hired to execute work were selected through public procurement processes. This will also be the case for the construction of the building itself.


Current status (March 22, 2022)

On March 21, 2022, Moncton City Council awarded the tender for the construction of the Codiac regional policing facility. A total of five compliant tender submissions were received for this project and the lowest bid was awarded.

The total project cost, including the construction tender awarded, is $57,177,130 (less than the estimated value of $57,223,626 as updated in the fall of 2021). The full cost breakdown is as follows:

Budget Item

Cost

Professional Services Fees

$5,324,283

Facility Construction

$40,839,575

Other Costs (furniture and fixtures, IT equipment, security equipment, soft costs, land purchase and remediation, contingency allowance)

$8,702,841

HST = 4.286%

$2,310,611

TOTAL PROJECT COST

$57,177,310

Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2022. As the project progresses, residents are encouraged to refer back here regularly for updates and milestones.

Background

The current station on Main Street was built in the 1970’s when Moncton had a much smaller-scale police force.

Fast forward to the 1990’s, when the local police force was converted to a tri-community force, offered by what is now known as the Codiac Regional RCMP (serving Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview).

As the area’s population grew, so did the needs of the community and, by extension, the number of officers and civilian staff.

Around 2010, discussions began on the topic of renovating/expanding the existing facility, or building a new one.

Chronology

The process was initiated in 2012, when a firm was hired to conduct a feasibility study. Since then, there have been many checkpoints and milestones with Moncton City Council – in fact, elected officials were consulted or informed of progress multiple times since 2013.

Some highlights, as well as next steps, are outlined in the timeline document found in the ‘Resources’ section to the right.

Current Building

There are numerous challenges with the current building, including:

  • The building is currently at electrical capacity;
  • The building does not meet post-disaster requirements;
  • The building has suffered from multiple leaks and floods, leading to significant water infiltration throughout the building;
  • The building lacks sufficient space and critical components of policing operations, such as the Operations Command Centre (OCC Dispatch), have been required to move off-site until a new building is constructed;
  • It was built over 40 years ago for a single police force (before policing was a regional service for Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe);
  • The safety of both employees and individuals detained for arrest is at risk;
  • Numerous building code deficiencies have been identified.

Project Cost

Clearly, a new policing facility isn’t a regular construction project. Beyond stringent security guidelines to follow, the work that will happen here is specialized, therefore has unique needs. Some examples include the construction materials that must be used in certain areas of the building, and the technical nature of some products. This type of specialty construction can be much different than typical commercial construction.

Budgeted components
$57.2M = total project cost estimate

  • Land acquisition
  • Site remediation and preparation
  • Professional services (i.e. architectural/engineering firms, project management, testing and geotechnical services)
  • Construction costs and appropriate contingencies
  • Furniture and fixtures
  • Information technology systems
  • Security System components
  • Legal Fees
  • Public Art component
  • HST costs

All companies hired to execute work were selected through public procurement processes. This will also be the case for the construction of the building itself.


Current status (March 22, 2022)

On March 21, 2022, Moncton City Council awarded the tender for the construction of the Codiac regional policing facility. A total of five compliant tender submissions were received for this project and the lowest bid was awarded.

The total project cost, including the construction tender awarded, is $57,177,130 (less than the estimated value of $57,223,626 as updated in the fall of 2021). The full cost breakdown is as follows:

Budget Item

Cost

Professional Services Fees

$5,324,283

Facility Construction

$40,839,575

Other Costs (furniture and fixtures, IT equipment, security equipment, soft costs, land purchase and remediation, contingency allowance)

$8,702,841

HST = 4.286%

$2,310,611

TOTAL PROJECT COST

$57,177,310

Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2022. As the project progresses, residents are encouraged to refer back here regularly for updates and milestones.

Questions?

Any question submitted will be reviewed by the project team, and depending on the nature of the question, a response will be provided either publicly in this section, or privately, within 2-3 business days.

Thank you for your interest!

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    I just want to thank Michelle for the response and information about the new RCMP building. . I really appreciate it

    Jim Steeves asked 3 months ago

    You are very welcome. I'm glad to hear that you found the information helpful! :)

    Thanks,
    Michelle 

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    What were the other tender prices?

    Meahan asked 3 months ago

    Hi there- 

    A total of five bids were received in response to this tender (including HST @ 15%):

    • Pomerleau Inc.-  $46,965,511.25 (successful bid) 
    • Marco Group Ltd.- $48,038,950.00
    • Bird Construction Group- $50,341,250.00
    • PCL Constructors Canada Inc.- $52,831,000.00
    • Foulem Management Ltd.- $52,928,750.00


    Thanks, 

    Austin 

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    If the construction costs exceed the tendered bid, who is on the hook for that. Did pomerleau inc place a low bid knowing if they go over costs that the city will open the check book and give the extra funds with no penalties. Just out of curiosity, how many new city owned buildings came in at the tender bid or lower?

    Matt asked 3 months ago

    Good afternoon - thank you for your question. 

    When a Contractor submits a bid price in response to a Tender, they are entering into a contractual obligation to fully deliver the product or services detailed in the Tender documents for the bid price they (the Contractor) have indicated in their bid response, which is the price that is “awarded / agreed to” by the City of Moncton for the work.   The Contractor is not entitled to any additional monies unless the Owner (in this case, the City of Moncton) makes a request that the Contractor deviate from the original specifications and drawings detailed in the Tender document, or there is an unknown / unforeseen condition which none of the parties were aware of at the time the bidding process took place which will require the Contractor to deviate from the original scope of work.   However, the extra costs associated to address the unknown / unforeseen condition must be agreed upon and approved by the City prior to the change taking place.

    Thanks,
    Michelle 

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    Why do these buildings have to be so luxurious and expensive when officers should only be spending limited time there? How many RCMP will occupy this building? I think it's time to return to a municipal force, don't you?

    Jim Steeves asked 8 months ago

    Good afternoon - thank you for your questions on the regional policing facility. 

    The existing policing facility on Main Street does not address the operational needs of current regional police force (Codiac Regional RCMP). The building is used for much more than just officers and also needs to be designed with future growth in mind. 

    The new policing facility will have a total gross area of 6,683 sqm (71,935 sq.ft), excluding the mechanical penthouse. With 376 staff (estimate of total staff between municipal employees and RCMP members in 25 years), it represents approximately 17.8 sqm per person. As part of the planning process, a review of recently-built policing facilities was conducted. It revealed that a municipal police headquarters serving a community of similar size to that of the tri-community typically allocate between 22 and 28 sqm (250 to 300 sq.ft) per person. The design and features of the building were done to consider the functionalities of the police force and not just officers. You can see the percentages of space allocated for each type of space in the FAQ section on the right-hand side of this project page (under resources).  

    As it relates to a municipal police force, Moncton City Council will be conducting a study this year on the needs of policing in the tri-community and the best model to serve those needs. As part of the planning process for this facility, a report was completed to identify what could happen if there was a change in the current policing model. This report identifies that the facility could welcome an independent police service with a potential need of modifications to reflect the differing functions between the current RCMP model and an independent police service, so should a change happen, the building can be modified and expanded to meet those needs.

    Thanks,
    Michelle 

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    Will the city need a new building after 25 years or will it be able upgrade this new one? Is there a possibility that a municipal police force would replace the RCMP in the future? If so, how would it affect the use of the building?

    Alfred asked 3 months ago

    Hi there, thank you for your question. 

    Designing for 25 year growth is considered standard practice for this type of facility (the life expectancy of the building is greater than 25 years).  As part of the design stage, a “Comparison Report for Alternate Police Service Delivery Model” was completed when considering a new facility to identify what could happen if there was a change in the current policing model, through the RCMP. This report identifies that the facility could welcome an independent police service with a potential need of modifications to reflect the differing functions between the current RCMP model and an independent police service. It is predicted that the facility could not likely meet the long-term staff growth needs as designed, but the building could be expanded to the West as required.

    Thanks,
    Michelle

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    Are we possibly considering going back to a municipal police force.

    Mark McLellan asked 10 months ago

    Good morning - thank you for your question. This possibility was studied by Moncton City Council in 2010, and it was determined at that time that a municipal police force was not in the best interest of the City. To be considered once again would require the will of City Council to undertake an extensive study on the topic.

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    I understand this is a regional building for Riverview, Dieppe and Moncton RCMP. Will the proceeds of the sale of the current 3 (or more) RCMP buildings be put toward paying down the cost of the new building? If yes, is there any estimate how much could be raised by the sale of current facilities?

    DLS asked about 1 year ago

    Hello, 

    At present, the regional force (Codiac RCMP) is operating out of one building in Moncton and the 911 call centre is located in Dieppe. Because of the age, condition and limited size of the Moncton building, the new building is being planned that will allow for future growth with most efficient operations. As well, with the additional space, the 911 call centre will be operated in the same new facility thus eliminating a separate facility and allowing for consolidated operations. 

    The Dieppe building is owned by Dieppe and they will determine the future use or sale of that facility. The current RCMP regional building located in Moncton (as noted above) is owned by the City of Moncton. Any proceeds from the sale/repurposing of that building will become revenues to the City of Moncton. Administration will propose options to Council as to the use of these proceeds when the future sale/repurposing transpires.

    Kind regards,
    Nicole

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    If you publish the intail cost of $46 million why wont you tell us the price now before the election

    Wink asked about 1 year ago

    Hello, 

    The estimate is under review and has therefore not been finalized. City Administration will be working with the design team in the next few months to complete a detailed review. 

    Once this has been completed, if the net estimated amount differs from what was approved by City Council during capital budget deliberations in November 2020, City Council will have to approve the revised net project cost (and borrowing amount).

    Kind regards,
    Nicole

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    $46 million??? and that's before the overruns which will significantly enlarge this figure. In these times of covid and recession, is this a spending and community priority? There is ample commercial space available and to become available to meet policing needs and programs and outreach services that are desperately needed in Moncton. Better to address the poverty and homeless social issues in this city than literally waste such monies that will assuredly not improve current policing services. (I know...social programs are a Provincial issue. I beg to differ. They are a community's issue.) A better question for Council to ask itself is: Does the local infrastructure support current policing needs? The answer would be yes, as I haven't read or heard otherwise, even from RCMP sources. The next question: So, how do we meet the infrastructure needs of the future? Answer: Find out what they are, specifically and based on empirical data and assumptions, and cost-effectively brain-storm the solutions. There now; just saved you $46 plus million.

    DHA asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the project. 

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    In 2013, the City of Saint John built an 110,000 sq. ft. Police and Law Court facility for just over $22 Million (adjusted for inflation, it’s $24,426,601.78) In comparison, the Codiac RCMP Facility is planned to be 69, 567 sq. ft. in size, and coming in at a cost of ~$45 Million. (40, 433 sq. ft. smaller than Saint John, and and costing twice as much.) The costs don't make sense!

    Hafsah asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    Square footage refers mainly to construction costs, whereas the figure of $45 million referred to for the Moncton facility includes many other elements, such as land purchase, site (environmental) remediation, furnishings, etc. 

    The City of Moncton continues to work with subject-matter experts to further refine estimates for these various components at each step of the process, taking into account current realities.

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