CONSTRUCTION SET TO START ON COCHRANE’S CAPITAL PROJECTS
Cochrane, AB – Town officials and building occupants celebrated the start of construction on two of Cochrane’s significant capital projects: the Protective Services Building and the Transit Hub and Innovation Centre.
Crews will be on site to start construction on both projects in the coming weeks.
To kick off the Protective Services Building project, officials from Cochrane RCMP, Cochrane and Area Victim Services, and Cochrane Search and Rescue Association joined Mayor Jeff Genung and Community Peace Officers for the event.
“The new integrated RCMP and Municipal Enforcement detachment will help us to continue to serve Cochrane’s safety needs,” said Mayor Genung. “The efficiencies gained by having everyone under one roof – including program space for Cochrane and Area Victim Services – will go a long way in supporting our community. Planning for this project has been in the works for years and it is great to see construction officially ready to begin.”
The new Protective Services building will provide an integrated RCMP and Municipal Enforcement Detachment. The building will be located in the community of Heartland, on a 4.66-acre lot, providing sufficient space to build an efficient, safe and high functioning facility that meets current day standards as well as provides space for future expansion.
“We are honoured to work with the Town of Cochrane in creating a facility in which all residents can be proud,” said Trevor Daroux, Chief Superintendent RCMP K Division. “The new building will not only provide a comfortable place for our members to work, it will also provide a meeting place where residents can get to know the police officers that serve their community. While the building will be standing for a long time, its true legacy will be built around the many engagement opportunities that it provides.”
The New Protective Services Building project was included in the approved 2020 capital budget and is anticipated to be complete by spring 2023. Full project details and updates on cochrane.ca/PSB.
Cochrane Town Council celebrated the start of construction for the Transit Hub and Innovation Centre. This 7,700 sq. ft. building will include a transit hub, municipal office space, public washrooms and access to Town services.
The sod turning also celebrates the official naming of the building. The new building will be called The Station, while the entire site has been named the Cochrane Crossing, and is the location of a new at-grade CP Rail crossing and a public plaza space.
Mayor Jeff Genung is excited at how the project is progressing. “This project is all about connection, from the pedestrian link from Historic Downtown to the Quarry, the open park space for everyone to enjoy, and the transit component, literally connecting people to our core. I am eager to see this great initiative begin to rise up out of the vacant under-utilized landscape. Investing Provincial grant funding to deliver this project, particularly in the current economy, is crucial for Cochrane’s long-term vitality.”
Design and construction of The Station and the Cochrane Crossing are being completed at the same time to improve efficiency and ensure consistency of design. Construction is anticipated to be complete by summer 2022.
Renderings and more information can be found on cochrane.ca/TheStation.
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