Letter sent to residents - February 22, 2011

February 22, 2011

Dear Sir/Madam,

The following is an update on the construction of the Long-Term Accommodation (LTA) for the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC).

Site preparation

While work by EllisDon on the CSEC Mid-Term Accommodation (to be completed by 2011) is ongoing, PCL Construction Group Inc. has recently moved on site to start working on the LTA project. Located near the intersection of Ogilvie Road and Bathgate Drive, the site will be accessed through Polanyi Drive, off Ogilvie Road, as well as via a secondary access to be created off Blair Road, near Appleford Street. Contractors are required to use existing parking at the construction site.

PCL has already started to work on site preparation by removing trees to make way for the construction of the new facility. Many of the trees found on this lot are of the ash species and have been confirmed to be infested by the emerald ash borer, a major threat to Canada's environment and forest resources. As the movement of infested tree material is highly regulated, PCL will take all precautionary measures to dispose of the trees as per Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations . It should be noted that 90 percent of the maple grove located in the northeast corner of the site will be preserved, as well as 55 to 60 percent of the existing woodlot.

Once construction is completed, there is a reforestation plan in place that will include planting more than 1000 new trees, primarily near the western edge of the site, along Bathgate Drive.

Traffic

The most recent traffic study commissioned by CSEC shows that there is no requirement to widen Ogilvie Road between Aviation Parkway and Bathgate Drive. Changes being discussed with the City of Ottawa to accommodate the influx of traffic to the area include the addition of a new entrance to the site and turning lanes at the intersection of Ogilvie Road and Silver City Centre.

Project schedule

The LTA is a four-year project. The major construction phases include the completion of:

  • the parking garage in late 2011;
  • the north-west wing of the main building by May 2012;
  • the south wing by November 2012;
  • the main building exterior envelope by August 2013; and
  • final landscaping by November 2014.

The new facility will include a number of benefits to the local community, such as a bank, a daycare, walkways in the reforested area along Bathgate Drive extending up to the National Research Council (NRC) campus and the extension of the existing sidewalk along the east side of Bathgate Drive.

The Government of Canada is committed to sustainable development and environmental stewardship, and has conducted environmental assessment studies on this site to ensure that the environmental integrity of the land will be preserved. Furthermore, the new building will meet the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Green Building Rating Systemâ„¢ Gold standard.

During construction, PCL will do its very best to mitigate any noise or traffic disruptions in the neighbourhood.

Further information

Information on the construction project will be posted regularly on the Communications Security Establishment Canada website at www.cse-cst.gc.ca.

Should you have queries or concerns regarding onsite activities, please do not hesitate to contact a representative from PCL at 613-228-5375.

For all other inquiries related to this project, please contact Adrian Simpson, Media Relations and Public Affairs, CSEC, by telephone at 613-991-7248 or by email at media@cse-cst.gc.ca.

Jean Plamondon, Director, Public Affairs and Communications Services