May 11, 2009
DALHOUSIE (CNB) - The provincial government is moving forward with plans to build a new $16.3-million correctional centre in Dalhousie. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault presented details of the facility's design to town officials today.
Also taking part in the event were Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran, and Dalhousie Mayor Clem Tremblay.
"Our government is committed to providing leadership for a stronger economy, and our plan to carry out $1.2 billion in strategic infrastructure projects over the next two years is a bold step in that direction," said Arseneault. "This project will put more than 200 people to work during design and construction, and generate a significant number of well-paying, permanent employment opportunities for this region once the facility becomes operational."
Arseneault attended on behalf of Ed Doherty, minister of supply and services.
The building has been designed by John K. Dobbs and Associates Inc., and Jacques Boucher Architecte Ltée.
"We are very pleased to have an excellent location for the new Dalhousie correctional facility," said Foran. "This modern facility will ensure the continued safety of inmates, correctional staff, and the general public. This in turn contributes to our self-sufficiency efforts, because people and businesses want to locate in places where they can be secure."
The facility will be 3,857 sq. metres (41,501 sq. ft.) in size, and includes five accommodation units, each containing 10 cells. Other areas will include admitting and discharge, medical services, program rooms, secure visitation, food services, and facilities for administration and staff. The facility will be located on Miller Boulevard.
As part of the Government of New Brunswick's Green Buildings Program, the correctional centre has been designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and will be registered with the Canada Green Buildings Council.
The facility has been designed to maximize energy efficiency and minimize water use. It will be constructed with environmentally friendly building materials, and waste generated during the construction period will be strictly managed. A recycling program will also be put in place once the centre is operational.
Construction is expected to begin this fall, and is scheduled for completion in spring 2011.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Daniel Lessard, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-453-4433.