The new Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Detachment Facility is a replacement facility providing Protective Services for the City of Prince George, a northern city with a population of over 70,000. One of the City’s broader goals is to create public facility design that enhances their revitalization efforts in the downtown core. There is also a desire to express the forest industry’s importance to the City through a strong and visually interesting display of wood in the fabric of the building. While the facility functionally integrates both Community Policing and Victim Services and Core Protective Services, a ‘welcoming’ public atmosphere and character will help weave the RCMP presence into the broader community fabric.
The prominent arched front public elevation, with tree-like columns and trellis structures frame the urban plaza. The facility includes both an Emergency Operation Centre and a Detention Wing. Constructed directly behind the DNA themed detention wall glazing is Alberta Research Council’s new direct heat storage system using Phase Change Material technology.
This facility is designed to a LEED Gold Level that features cooling from an underground aquifer; heating from a public district energy plant which will use mill lumber waste; re-use of recycled wood from an existing site building; an exterior living wall for reducing solar gain and; an interior living wall for air purification with dual solar chimneys to ventilate the central atrium.