The existing Dartmouth coast Guard Base is strategically located on Halifax Harbour, the world’s second largest ice-free port. A recent initiative to develop an ocean sector technology and industrial centre has been defined as “The COVE”, or Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship. This facility is designed to function as an innovation hub model to establish industries, plus small-to-medium sized enterprises, or start-up companies. The focus is on research and development to support federal, provincial and commercial ventures.
The present Coast Guard Buildings were constructed 60 years ago, and required significant renovations and modernization to meet expectations of new user groups. EastPoint worked collaboratively with representatives of stakeholder’s Halifax Waterfront Development Ltd. and Nova Scotia Community college, as well as the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) to define operational program needs and support systems. Since this project also required quick delivery, EastPoint worked with construction managers, PCL, to define specific trades packages for sequential tendering.
As part of the collaborative efforts with the construction managers and user groups, EastPoint assisted in developing construction budgets and assessment of options to maximize return on both schedule and effective components.
The process of working with PCL as the construction manager is similar to HIAA’s intentions for the passenger processing terminal expansion. A working relationship of understanding, experience and vision is required to meet expectations for delivery schedules and construction budgets.
The three COVE Buildings total 5,700 m² of interior renovations, new exterior cladding, and support systems. Additionally, exterior civil/site re-grading, new sewer and water services, as well as updated electrical and communications systems were included. The systems and base building infrastructure is designed for a minimum life span of 20 to 25 years. An overall goal of the COVE is to achieve a building state of repair which provides sufficient quality of space and flexibility to attract various stakeholder groups from across the globe.
Mr. Jim Marriot, MRAIC – Senior Architect and Project Manager
Mr. Stephen Morrison, P.Eng. – Senior Structural Engineer
Mr. Brent MacDonald, P.Eng. – Senior Electrical Engineer
Mr. Nick Tobin, P.Eng. – Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mr. Tom Swanson, P.Eng. – Senior Civil Engineer