Oct. 6, 2008
RICHIBUCTO (CNB) - A sod-turning was held today to launch the construction of a $2.5-million district office for the Department of Natural Resources in Richibucto. The building incorporates several features making it environmentally friendly.
"This project is an example of our government's commitment to be a builder of green infrastructure for a more self-sufficient province," said Premier Shawn Graham. "When complete, the new district office will be the third green building of its kind constructed for the Department of Natural Resources in New Brunswick. It will provide a central location and improved work space for staff, while also producing energy savings as a modern, efficient and environmentally friendly facility."
Construction will begin immediately on 1.2 hectares (three acres) at 22 Commericale St., Richibucto. The province recently bought the property from Kent Realty Ltd. for $100,000. Castle Rock Construction Ltd. of Saint John has been awarded the contract to build the office.
Expected to open in the fall of 2009, the one-storey, 669-square-metre (7,437-square-foot) building has been designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an industry standard used to measure green building performance.
The project is registered with the Canada Green Building Council and also includes the construction of two, four-bay garages and a fenced-in compound for vehicles and equipment.
"This state-of-the-art building shows our commitment to providing new and improved facilities for staff and the community," said Natural Resources Minister Donald Arseneault. "Together, we can work in harmony with our forests and pave the way for a greener more efficient future."
The office will be staffed by about 20 employees and will replace Department of Natural Resources offices in Bouctouche, Rogersville and Saint-Louis-de-Kent.
Compared to traditional structures, green buildings use less energy and water, generate fewer greenhouse gases, use materials wiser and produce less waste. Occupants are more comfortable with better ventilation, thermal comfort and abundant natural light. The office includes these characteristics.
The province's capital construction program engages the design and construction industry in being a partner with government in building a stronger, more self-sufficient New Brunswick.
The program, managed by the Department of Supply and Services, includes hundreds of construction projects each year, totalling millions of dollars of investment.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Judy Cole, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Natural Resources, 506-453-2614.