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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 modern facility will house the Barrie Police ServiceSimcoe County Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service dispatch communications in one location at 110 Fairview Road in Barrie.

Project Updates

August 29, 2017
A Community Information Session will be held on September 19th, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm at the Southshore Community Centre located at 205 Lakeshore Drive in Barrie. What to expect at the Community Information Session:

  • presentation from the project team of the campus concept, phasing and project timing.
  • An opportunity to meet the project team, City and County staff.
  • Ask questions, provide your thoughts, comments and feedback regarding the proposed development.

Anyone who is unable to attend the Community Information Session but would like further information on this project can contact Rick Pews, Director of Corporate Facilities, at 705-739-4220 ext. 4710 or rick.pews@barrie.ca

August 21, 2017

City of Barrie and County of Simcoe announce location for emergency services campus at 110 Fairview Road in Barrie. A community information session will be held in September 2017.

Details about the information session will be posted on this web page and communicated via letter to neighbourhood residents, This Week in Barrie (distributed Thursdays in the Barrie Examiner), the community events calendar, Facebook, and Twitter. The County will also provide information on www.simcoe.ca and via Facebook and Twitter.

July 25, 2017

Following a series of amendments, City Council approved the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus at a special meeting last night. The project will proceed in a phased approach with the Barrie Police Headquarters and County of Simcoe Paramedic components being constructed in the first phase and the police and fire training facility components being deferred to a future date. In the meantime, the Barrie Police Service will retain their current location of 79 Bell Farm Road for training purposes and Barrie firefighters will continue training at their Saunders Road location.

Project Overview

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

Phase 1:

Barrie Police Headquarters: to replace the existing outgrown building at Sperling Drive and 60 Bell Farm Road.

County of Simcoe Paramedic Services: paramedic operational hub with ambulance storage, mobile command unit, support areas and staff/administrative spaces.

Barrie Fire and Emergency Service dispatch communications.

Phase 2:

Barrie Police and Fire Training Facility: multidisciplinary fire and emergency service training facility.

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. Learn more about the IPD process, including team members.

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 was presented to Barrie City Council at a meeting on June 5. Councillors continued discussions at a meeting on June 19

July 24 2017

 Barrie City Council approves project.

July 2017  Design - Phase 1
 2017 - 2020  Construction - Phase 1
2020 

Phase 1 Facility Complete, with staged occupancy of the finished building occurring through the first few months of 2020.

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  
  • 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

Location
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 Services will be required to serve Barrie’s growing population as the newly acquired annexed lands are developed. The Campus is being designed with the flexibility to accommodate the community’s growth needs for the next 25 years.

The Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus will leverage both capital and operational efficiencies through a partnership that will foster innovation, collaboration, and sustainable values to support community growth, safety, care and satisfaction. The Campus concept provides a centralized platform from which our first responders can develop and implement programs that best meet the current and future needs of the community.

The County of Simcoe Paramedic Services engaged Deloitte Consulting several years ago to assist in the development of a facility model to improve response times and maximize efficiencies. One of the recommended principles established in the model was the use of hub / post facilities. The Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus is the “hub” described in the hub / post model.

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

The Campus will be located at 110 Fairview Road, Barrie

Why was this site chosen?

The site (110 Fairview Road, Barrie) is centrally located within the city, with access to several arterial roads, and is visible from the 400, offering suitable GIS response times to support optimal emergency response to the community while providing adequate area to support future growth.

The shape of the site and extended frontage along Fairview Road facilitates the planning of a Campus building that maximizes efficiency with good exposure to the street, providing prominent public access.

Were other locations considered?

Yes several sites were considered, with Fairview Site achieving highest score when evaluated against several criteria categories including size, location, typography, environmental, GIS analysis, and suitability. The Fairview site was selected based on the best combination of usability and value.

Why is the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus located in Barrie and not Simcoe County?

Barrie is centrally located within the County and allows for greater efficiency in supply chain management throughout the County. Barrie is also the current location of Paramedic Operations Supervisors and has the highest number of emergency calls in the County. By centralizing operational and logistical control in one building, the Service will not only be able to better support paramedics in and around the City of Barrie but will also increase the quality and efficiencies for logistical support and command functions to the other County municipalities. The ability to partner with the Barrie Police Service and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service also offers unique opportunities to improve the overall response to emergency calls.


Project Costs
How much is the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus going to cost?

The total project budget for Phase 1 is $103 million. Phase 2 (training facility) has a forecasted cost of $29 million, resulting in a total forecasted cost of $132 million for the entire Campus project.

How much will combining these services in one location save?

The Campus model will save approximately $15 million (15%) in capital costs + 18% ($370k) annually in operations & maintenance costs when compared to standalone facilities.


Project Schedule
When will construction on Phase 1 begin?

Early site preparations are anticipated to begin in late fall of 2017, with construction commencing in early 2018.

When will construction on the Phase 1 facility be complete? When will the first phase of the Campus open?

Construction of Phase 1 is anticipated to be completed by end of 2019, with staged occupancy of the finished building occurring through the first few months of 2020.

What is the timeline for Phase 2?

Phase 2 of the Campus has been deferred to a future date, subject to direction by City of Barrie & County of Simcoe Councils.

What type of shared spaces will the Campus include?

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

  • Public washrooms
  • Public entrance and associated parking
  • Community room
  • Fitness room
  • Lunch room
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Waste Disposal area
  • Site Development including parking, roadways, landscaping, stormwater management, traffic lights and secure access
  • 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 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.  A new Police headquarters will serve as a single, centrally-located facility. Upon completion of construction, the existing headquarters located at 29 Sperling will be sold.


Facility Construction
Will there be excessive noise during construction?

There will be normal construction noise during permitted hours of work.

During what days/hours will construction activities take place?

The intention is for the majority of work to be performed Monday – Friday between 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., occasionally work may take place outside of these hours, however weekday construction equipment will cease work nightly at 7 p.m. at the latest. If required, Saturday work may be instituted on a limited basis in compliance with Barrie By-laws.

Will there be traffic impacts during construction?

Traffic impacts are not expected as traffic will be routed to the site using multiple access points. Occasional flagging at the entrance may be required for safety reasons during large shipments.

Will there be any environmental impacts from construction?

Environmental impacts will be mitigated during construction. A Species at Risk and Woodlot study are currently being completed to ensure that if natural heritage elements are occurring on site that they are properly identified and addressed. Occasional road cleaning to remove dust will be required to maintain a clean entrance.


Facility Operation
Will there be noise when the facility is open & operational?

Police will occasionally check vehicle sirens to ensure safety, and testing typically lasts for a second. Sirens are used by Paramedics to assist in clearing traffic or travelling through intersections while responding to emergency calls. They are not used on every call and the Paramedic can use his or her discretion to minimize the impact of nearby residents. There will be occasions where Paramedics will need to use the siren, but will consider several factors including time of day when the decision is made. The Campus doesn’t include an active fire station.

Will there be traffic and parking impacts when the facility is open?

A traffic Consultant has been hired by the project team to conduct a study of the Campus and surrounding area to provide an in-depth localized traffic analysis and signal recommendations for the site and Campus.

Will the facility be open 24/7?

Yes, the Campus will be home to essential emergency services that operate on a 24/7 basis.

How large will the facility be?

Phase 1 of the Campus is comprised of 2 buildings. Building A is the administrative building, where Police Headquarters and The Paramedic Hub are located, and Building C is the Police maintenance facility where Police vehicles will be maintained. The total area of both buildings is approximately 187,000 square feet.

Will it be designed to fit the character of the neighbourhood?

The project designers have studied both the surrounding neighbourhoods’ descriptive and prescriptive character along with a range of other social, cultural and ecological, physical factors that will help to shape and inform the Campus.

Will the facility be open to the public?

The Police Headquarters will be open to the public, providing the same front-facing services as it does today (including accident reporting). Additionally, there are community rooms that are meant for public gatherings and events hosted by emergency services.

What will happen to the current headquarter building for Barrie Police? Will existing 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. A new Police headquarters will serve as a single, centrally-located facility. Upon completion of construction, the existing headquarters located at 29 Sperling will be sold.


Integrated Project Delivery
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.

Who is included on the IPD team?
  • City of Barrie

  • County of Simcoe

  • Barrie Police Service

  • Lett Architects Inc. - Conceptual Architect

  • AECOM Canada Limited - Mechanical/Electrical/Civil/Landscape Architecture

  • AECOM Canada Architects Limited - Architect of Record

  • LEA Consulting Ltd. - Structural Design

  • Gillam Group Inc. - IPD JV General Contractor

  • Chandos Construction - IPD JV General Contractor

  • Alliance Forming Limited - Formwork

  • BMG - Curtainwall & Glass

  • Cesaroni Contracting Inc. - Drywall

  • Geo. A. Kelson - Mechanical Constructor

  • Ontario Fox Corp. - Masonry Constructor

  • Vipond Fire Protection - Sprinkler Systems

  • Wallwin Electric Services Ltd. -  Electrical Constructor



 


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