NDHQ: We’re mov­ing!

RCN News - - Letters -

The project to con­sol­i­date ap­prox­i­mately 8,500 De­fence Team mem­bers from across the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Area has reached a ma­jor mile­stone with the Govern­ment's for­mal ap­proval of the first phase of the Car­ling Cam­pus project. This step con­firms that the Car­ling Cam­pus will serve as a new na­tional head­quar­ters fa­cil­ity for the De­fence Team and al­lows work to be­gin to en­sure the Cam­pus’ se­cu­rity and ac­com­mo­da­tions stan­dards meet govern­ment re­quire­ments. This move will cre­ate cost -sav­ings of more than $750M over 25 years.

This is a com­plex process that will be con­ducted in three phases over the next five years. The first phase of mi­gra­tion is cur­rently tar­geted to be­gin in late 2015. Over 3,000 mem­bers will move in this phase once ini­tial build­ing and site-work is com­plete. The fol­low­ing two mi­gra­tion phases will be fur­ther de­vel­oped over the next year.

This move of­fers us an ex­tra­or­di­nary and ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to oc­cupy a se­ries of mod­ern, in­ter -con­nected build­ings set in a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral set­ting. The bright and airy build­ings pre­sent ex­ten­sive col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing con­di­tions, which will im­prove our com­mu­ni­ca­tions when com­bined with in­no­va­tive IT so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing some use of WiFi and wide­spread use of video-con­fer­enc­ing. In ad­di­tion, this move pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to re­view and change the way we work for the bet­ter.

Use of some down­town of­fices will con­tinue and NDHQ oper­a­tional el­e­ments will re­main at 1600 Star Top Road. Other fa­cil­i­ties will con­tinue to ac­com­mo­date many mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, in­clud­ing the Louis St. Lau­rent Build­ing, a new build­ing at 455 Boule­vard de la Car­rière, parts of the Na­tional Print­ing Bu­reau, and the Hô­tel de Ville build­ing in Gatineau.

As DND/CAF is one of the largest and most com­plex or­ga­ni­za­tions in the fed­eral govern­ment, this move will cre­ate ef­fi­cien­cies and im­prove ef­fec­tive­ness not only within the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Area, but through­out Na­tional De­fence or­ga­ni­za­tions. This con­sol­i­da­tion rep­re­sents a new era for the De­fence Team; it will in­vig­o­rate and mod­ern­ize the way we

work. Con­sol­i­da­tion will re­sult in closer team­work and im­proved team­build­ing, which will bet­ter po­si­tion De­fence to take on chal­lenges where con­tin­ual in­no­va­tion and adap­ta­tion to change will be more im­por­tant than ever.

We in­vite you to visit the De­fence Team site as more in­for­ma­tion will be made avail­able in the com­ing weeks at http:// de­fenceteam-equi­pede­lade­fense.mil.ca/change-change­ment/ob­jec­tif-ob­jec­tive/cam­pus-com­plexe-eng.asp.

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