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New Headquarters of the Department of National Defence (Carling Complex)

Promoting safe and practical operations for the Department of National Defence

  • $40M

    Construction Value

  • 8500


  • Ottawa, Ontario

    Ottawa, Ontario

Setting security measures for Canada’s Department of National Defence

In 2010, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) addressed the need to consolidate its administrative and strategic functions as a National Defense Headquarters (NDHQ). Which meant they’d have to find a facility fit for 8,500 employees. To that end, PWGSC acquired the Carling Ottawa Complex—a building that use to house Nortel’s headquarters—to become their new NDHQ. There was only one problem. Consolidating different government departments created a need for strong security, and the existing facility didn’t offer adequate safety measures. That’s where we came in.

Our team of physical security experts helped to deliver a headquarters that promotes safe, secure, and practical use for the Department of National Defence (DND). How? By coordinating with several stakeholders to establish a comprehensive understanding of the NDHQ and its processes.

Together with a team of consultants, we broke the project down into three main phases. Firstly, we performed a site analysis to determine safety essentials. After that, we’d devised six development scenarios that took safety, landscaping, and traffic all into account. Then when PWGSC chose their desired strategy, we implemented it. Completed in December 2014, the new NDHQ will serve as a secure home base for the DND and PWGSC. 

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Meet Our Team

Dominic Chevrier, Principal and Sector Leader, Physical & Technological Security

To strengthen the feeling of security, we must rely on a host of details that go beyond simple physical barriers. We must think about the image that is projected and the respect that places arouse in us.
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Dominic Chevrier

Principal and Sector Leader, Physical & Technological Security

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