As the manager of the largest and most diverse portfolios of real estate in the country, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has provided a consolidated accommodation solution to meet the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) needs.
Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, today was at the new office building at 263 Susie Lake Crescent to greet CBSA employees and formally welcome them to their workplace. A total of 170 CBSA employees in the region previously occupied office space at three separate locations spread across Halifax. Following a successful procurement process, a new building that meets CBSA’s needs was constructed in the Bayers Lake Business Park area of Halifax.
The building has been designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard, which is consistent with PSPC’s commitment to greening the way the federal government works and reducing its carbon footprint. This designation is expected after one year in operation and would be the first Government of Canada accommodation in Atlantic Canada to reach the standard.
“This successful project demonstrates how important it is to our government that the needs of Canada’s federal departments and its employees are met, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption within government operations. We worked together with CBSA and delivered this state-of-the-art workplace that will ensure CBSA employees in the Halifax Regional Municipality are equipped to deliver high-level services to Canadians.”
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“Consolidation of the CBSA Halifax operations into one location ensures that CBSA has the infrastructure, tools and support to fulfill its mandate. This purpose-built, state-of-the-art building gives CBSA the facilities to better protect Canadians and adapt to the future. I am happy to see such a great example of how our government is creating access to inclusive, innovative, sustainable and collaborative spaces for public servants across Canada.”
Member of Parliament for Halifax
The CBSA consolidation project began in 2017, and cost a total of $14.7 million. That amount includes all fees and taxes.
CBSA, with the assistance of PSPC, implemented the GCworkplace model in the new building, specifically what is called the activity-based workplace, for all areas deemed suitable for this type of workspace.
The LEED rating system evaluates six aspects of building design and construction: site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials used, indoor environmental quality and innovation.