The Edward Drake Building

The Edward Drake building is now complete. This highly-specialized, technologically-advanced, and purpose-built facility will allow CSE and its professional, dedicated employees to more effectively do their jobs, helping protect Canada against foreign threats. The new facility provides spaces that encourage collaboration, and dynamic and innovative work. To make this happen, traditional office features have been eliminated, such as private offices and barriers between work spaces.


Why a new facility?

This facility is badly needed. CSE had outgrown its previous buildings over the past decade in response to Government of Canada security priorities and a more complex cyber threat environment. Our facilities at the Confederation Heights Campus at the corners of Riverside, Bronson and Heron roads in Ottawa were designed for a work-force half our size, and were no longer adequate. We were out of space and out of power to meet the technological requirements placed on our operations. Despite the temporary measures CSE employed to accommodate employees and equipment, these measures had been exhausted.


Over a decade ago, CSE set out to determine the most efficient way to house CSE’s critical security operations, plan for necessary growth, and incorporate flexibility and adaptability in to a new building. After careful analysis and a rigorous procurement process, CSE announced the construction of its new building under a P3 model that was estimated to save $176 million over the life of the contract. The building is now complete.

A Green Facility

The Edward Drake building was designed and built to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Standard. What does that mean? It means that the facility’s green features, including water and energy efficiency, construction materials, and air quality meet standards that are among the highest in commercial construction. With sustainable features such as a reflective roof, low-flow water fixtures, and ancient birch logs harvested from the bottom of Georgian Bay by a First Nations company, CSE’s facility is focused on environmental responsibility.

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