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.

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
$46,000,000 = total project cost

  • 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.

Current status

The architects hired for their expertise in designing these types of facilities now have drawings that are 90% complete.

Next, they will focus on fine-tuning construction cost estimates based on current realities. In the new year, these figures will be presented to elected officials, and the Tender for construction of the proposed facility will be considered based on updated facts and information.

While no decision has yet been made on moving forward with issuing the tender for the construction of the facility, a line item with current estimates will be included in the capital budget projections as part of fundamental budgeting practices.

In mid-November, City Council will approve the 2021 capital budget as required by provincial legislation (Local Governance Act), but they are in no way obligated to move forward with the construction of the facility. At each upcoming decision-point, elected officials will have the opportunity to review the project’s status, ask for more information, and choose to move forward to the next step or not.

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.

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
$46,000,000 = total project cost

  • 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.

Current status

The architects hired for their expertise in designing these types of facilities now have drawings that are 90% complete.

Next, they will focus on fine-tuning construction cost estimates based on current realities. In the new year, these figures will be presented to elected officials, and the Tender for construction of the proposed facility will be considered based on updated facts and information.

While no decision has yet been made on moving forward with issuing the tender for the construction of the facility, a line item with current estimates will be included in the capital budget projections as part of fundamental budgeting practices.

In mid-November, City Council will approve the 2021 capital budget as required by provincial legislation (Local Governance Act), but they are in no way obligated to move forward with the construction of the facility. At each upcoming decision-point, elected officials will have the opportunity to review the project’s status, ask for more information, and choose to move forward to the next step or not.

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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    $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 5 months 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 5 months 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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    Why is the cost of smaller building in Moncton cost twice as much and have the size of the police building in Saint John?

    Bob987 asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    According to the information provided in reports received by the City, the cost in Saint John was $412/SF.

    Further info has been requested from the City of Saint John.

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    What will happen with the old Moncton police force memorial currently in the front lobby of the current RCMP station ?

    Stephen Cunningham asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    A decision hasn’t yet been made as officials will be reaching out to the families for their input.