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Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus

This project is a partnership between the City of Barrie and County of Simcoe. Once complete, this state-of-the-art facility will house the Barrie Police Service, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service, and Simcoe County Paramedic Services under one roof.

Project Overview

The concept for the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus is to bring together the Barrie Police Service, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service and Simcoe County Paramedic Services under an innovative partnership arrangement that maximizes cost-effectiveness and service efficiency for the community.  The Campus will include three major components:

  1. Barrie Police Headquarters: to replace the existing outgrown building at Sperling Drive and the facilities at 60 and 79 Bell Farm Road.  
  2. Barrie Fire and Emergency Service Training Facility: multidisciplinary fire and emergency service training facility.
  3. County of Simcoe Paramedic Services: paramedic operational hub with ambulance storage, mobile command unit, support areas and staff/administrative spaces.

Integrated Project Delivery approach

To create a state-of-the-art facility requires a state-of-the-art process. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) brings all project stakeholders together early on in the process to collaboratively harness the talents and insights of all participants to optimize the project results, increase value, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction. The outcome of IPD is the opportunity to design, build, and operate as efficiently as possible.

Project Schedule

The development process is anticipated to occur over the following estimated time ranges:

June 2017

Validation Phase: This phase includes capturing the needs of the facility users, creating a high level design, determining facility location and establishing cost estimates.A Validation Report will be presented to City and County Councils at the end of June.

Subject to Council(s) & Board approvals in June, the following phases will proceed.
July 2017 Design Phase
2017–2020 Construction Phase
2020 Occupancy

Benefits of Co-Location

There are many operational, capital cost and ongoing cost benefits to bringing the three partners together in a campus setting and sharing common facilities.

Operational Benefits
  • Better inter‐agency access and communication
  • Access to more/better training facilities than would be possible or affordable under stand‐alone scenarios
  • Increased ability to conduct multi‐agency training
  • Decreased travel time to get to training activities
  • Ability to host County training sessions or large meetings with potential associated cost savings
  • More efficient logistics and support process
  • Backup systems that can support all services in an emergency (e.g. power outage)
  • More flexible use of parking for visitors and training attendees
Project Cost Savings
  • Building space savings through sharing: The total area required under a combined building scenario is less than that required for individual buildings for each partner. 
  • Mechanical & electrical spaces & equipment: Large, high‐efficiency units can be located in a central mechanical room serving the entire facility.
  • More robust back-up systems for mechanical & electrical systems, and communications: (e.g. multiple air handling units, chillers, cooling tower, more feasible dual feeds for electric service, water and communications lines)
  • More efficient use of parking space: Having a shared/common area will allow each to provide fewer spaces under this scenario compared to separate buildings.
  • Common/shared municipal services instead of separate: A large part of the construction cost for separate buildings is the provision of electrical, gas, water, storm, sanitary, storm and communications connections. In a combined building scenario the costs can be significantly less than for individual separate buildings.
  • Project design, administration and project management costs: The costs to engage design and other consultants, and to administer and manage the project will be less for a single construction contract than for separate contracts.
Operational Cost Savings
  • Energy cost savings: By using mechanical equipment that is more efficient energy costs would be less in a combined building. There is also a potential to have less exterior wall surface and a more compact building configuration.
  • Building/facility/grounds maintenance: Costs for a single facility maintenance/janitorial contract would be less for a single location than for individual buildings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus?

The City of Barrie has been experiencing unprecedented growth over the past decade and now has a residential population in excess of 150,000 with an additional 50,000 residents expected over the next ten years. Additional Police and Emergency Service will be required to serve Barrie’s growing population as the newly acquired annexed lands are developed.

Where will the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus be located?

The location is being determined as part of the Validation Phase. Details will be included in the report to Council(s) in June 2017.

How is the location being chosen (what factors are being considered)?

The following factors have all played a role in informing the location of the campus:

  • Topographical
  • Geotechnical
  • Ecological
  • Environmental
  • Zoning
  • Site serviceability
  • Traffic flow
  • Future phasing and growth
How much is the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus going to cost?

The estimated project cost is being determined as part of the Validation Phase. Cost and funding details will be included in the report to Council(s) in June 2017. The Allowable Cost for the project is based on a combination of City and County approved capital project budgets.

What type of shared spaces will the Campus include?

The Campus (vs. standalone) model offers tremendous opportunity to maximize shared spaces amongst stakeholders. The Campus will include two categories of shared space.

The first category includes shared spaces that are split equally amongst all three partners:

  • Public washrooms
  • Public entrance and associated parking
  • Community room
  • Fitness room
  • Lunch room
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Waste Disposal area
  • Driver Training area
  • Site Development including parking, roadways, landscaping, stormwater management, traffic lights and secure access

The second category includes shared spaces that are split 50-50 between Barrie Police Service, and Barrie Fire and Emergency Services:

  • Multi-Purpose Training Building
  • Flexible, Multi-Purpose Training Space
  • Scenario Room Structure (all scenario rooms and associated modular equipment)
  • Training Classrooms
  • Meeting Rooms / Washrooms / Storage
  • Dispatch Communications (including shared console equipment, training, washrooms, lockers, quiet, meeting space, etc.)
What will happen to the current headquarter building for Barrie Police? Will existing Fire or Paramedic facilities be impacted by the BSESC?

The campus will be the hub for the new hub and spoke deployment model used by the County Paramedic Services. The current stations in Barrie and in Innisfil will not be required and will be replaced by new smaller posts strategically located in Barrie, Innisfil and Springwater to improve total Paramedic coverage and improve response times. The campus houses a training facility for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service; therefore existing fire stations will not be impacted by the campus. A new Police headquarters will serve as a single, centrally-located facility. The existing headquarters located at 29 Sperling and subsidiary building at 79 Bell Farm Road will be sold and the leases at 60 Bell Farm Road will become void.

What is Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)?

IPD is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize the project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction. Key features of IPD include:

  • Early involvement of key participants;
  • Shared risk and reward based on project outcome;
  • Joint project control;
  • Reduced liability exposure; and
  • Jointly developed and validated targets.

At the core of an IPD project are collaborative, integrated, and productive teams composed of all project stakeholders. Building upon early contributions of individual expertise, these teams are guided by principles of collaboration, open information sharing, team success tied to project success, shared risk and reward, value-based decision making, and utilization of full technological capabilities and support. The outcome of IPD is the opportunity to design, build, and operate as efficiently as possible.

What are the benefits of IPD?

To create a state-of-the-art facility requires a state-of-the-art process. IPD, a promising delivery method emerging in the marketplace, squarely fits that bill. Industry research suggests that most if not all IPD projects are high performers, delivering outcomes on or under budget, on or ahead of schedule, and most importantly, with owners expressing high satisfaction with overall value delivered.

With the complexities of a multi-stakeholder facility, tight budgets, and a high-profile project in the eyes of the public, IPD represented an optimum path to best align expectations and outcomes across every possible dimension of the BSESC project. It further offered the opportunity for the City and County to demonstrate leadership not only in the creation of a unique building type (the shared facility), but to the AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) industry in terms of its delivery process.

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