C.O.V.E Renovation

The C.O.V.E. (Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship) was constructed to become an ocean tech cluster that supports five key sectors of the new ocean economy; Defence and security, fisheries and aquaculture, energy, marine transportation and marine tourism. The abandoned sixty-year-old Coast Guard buildings on the Dartmouth waterfront were completely renovated and modernized to support the growth of new ocean technology ventures.

Service Highlights


The three COVE buildings required extensive interior renovations, and exterior cladding upgrades. The buildings required significant interior fit-out and furnishings to revitalize the space and provide universal accessibility to the current Canadian standards.


The buildings required full refurbishment of the heating and cooling systems to provide more confortable spaces for the users. Mechanical life safety upgrades required a full redesign of the sprinkler and plumbing systems.


Specialized proximity access controls were designed for integration with the Nova Scotia Community College existing access control systems which aims to provide all users with increased safety and security on the site.

Energy and Sustainability:

The building’s thermal envelope, mechanical systems, and lighting were evaluated and upgraded using a rigorous benefit analysis. The optimal upgrades for these systems were identified following a series of Energy and GHG goal setting workshops.


There were complex site integration requirements given the proximity of the Canadian National Railway and existing water and sewer infrastructure. The new design included services for water, sewer, and parking lot design and analysis for the safe flow of delivery truck traffic and heavy equipment for loading and unloading from vessels at the wharf face.


The deteriorated nature of the buildings required complex structural reinforcement designs of the existing concrete members and material sizing for the planned new mechanical equipment.


The piers at the site were reconditioned to accept new infrastructure for parking and material handling from docked vessels at the wharf face. EastPoint performed an in depth assessment of the wharf infrastructure and monitored new water access solutions for ocean based start-ups.