Ontario Construction News staff writer
A new, modern Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment recently opened in Moosonee. The $20 million facility will provide frontline police officers with the leading-edge equipment and technology they need to better serve and protect their communities.
The facility is a satellite detachment that forms part of the OPP James Bay Detachment It is accessible and designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Standard, which recognizes buildings with reduced environmental impacts.
Delivered by Infrastructure Ontario through its public-private partnership (P3) model, the project is part of the OPP Modernization – Phase 2 project, a $182-million initiative announced in 2018 to replace nine aging OPP facilities across the province that are at the end of their lifespan and no longer meet the requirements of today’s police operations.
All nine new detachments – Moosonee, Fort Frances, Hawkesbury, Huron County, West Parry Sound, Manitoulin Island, Mississauga, Marathon and Orillia – are being built by a team led by Bird Capital OMP Project Co Inc. They are expected to be completed by 2022.
“Our government is taking action to strengthen public safety in Northern communities,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
“With this new detachment, we are ensuring our frontline police officers have access to the leading-edge tools and equipment they need to continue to protect the residents of Moosonee and surrounding communities.”
NORR designed the facilities, incorporating the OPP’s Project Vision and Guiding Principles through structured, secure planning and thoughtful design.
According to the company’s project page, “NORR has drawn inspiration for the design of each detachment from relevant regions, areas, and communities throughout Ontario. Each detachment location is unique, therefore the designs reflect the identity of, and bring a sense of partnership with, each of the nine distinctive communities.”
The new $20 million detachment in Moosonee includes about 18,000 square feet of space, a modern infrastructure design to support ever-changing technology requirements including facilities to secure evidence, 11 holding cells, closed-circuit television technology (CCTV) and other advanced security features.
“This modern, new workspace allows our Moosonee detachment members to enhance their policing services and support to many vast, remote communities and First Nations Territories that present significant land and air accessibility challenges,” said OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.
“This important modernization project demonstrates the commitment we share with our government to preserve public safety and uphold the law.”