Guelph, Ont., April 21, 2016 – Today, at a groundbreaking event, the City of Guelph and Guelph Police Service (GPS) announced the official start of construction on the police headquarters renovation.
The $34.1 million renovation project, slated for completion in spring 2019, will equip Guelph with a police headquarters that meets the needs of the community’s police services today and into the future. The current police headquarters was built in 1960 when Guelph’s population was 38,000. In 1989, the building was retrofitted and a west wing added.
“This groundbreaking event is another step towards the completion of a modern police building that will enable us to better serve our community,” said Guelph Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter.
The construction work will bring the facility up to today’s health and safety standards, provide the appropriate space—long-term—for police operations and personnel, and replace the building’s aging equipment. The renovation includes gutting and rebuilding the inside of the existing building and the expansion includes the construction of two new wings.
Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie called it a good day for the Guelph Police Service and the entire community. He also thanked Chief DeRuyter for his leadership in getting the project to the construction stage.
“This project has tremendous community value that goes well beyond the bricks and mortar. This expansion will give our police service the tools it needs to do the job,” said Mayor Guthrie. “I am pleased that the planning and management of this complex capital project has included new controls and accountability measures.”
The GPS headquarters is one of 270 capital projects the City will plan, design and build over the next 10 years.
Ann Pappert, the City’s chief administrative officer, said “the expansion and renovation work at GPS headquarters is Guelph’s first capital project to benefit from the City’s new project management standards. Greater governance, oversight, communications and reporting of Guelph’s capital projects is a reflection of our commitment to be more open and accountable.”
Echoing the police chief’s comments, Judy Sorbara, chair of the Guelph Police Services Board, said that “After many hours of planning at many different levels, we are finally here, at the groundbreaking point. And, on behalf of the Guelph Police Services Board, I can tell you that we are thrilled.”
During the renovation project all services will be maintained as the building will remain operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents can visit guelph.ca/gpsreno for information on the construction process.
Thursday’s groundbreaking took place at GPS headquarters’ Fountain Street entrance and was live streamed through the GPS’ Periscope account periscope.tv/gpsmedia. The feed will be available until 11:30 p.m.
Project partners are CS&P Architects and Jasper Construction.
For more information
Public Information Officer
Guelph Police Service
519-824-1212 extension 7253
Deputy CAO, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3445