NDHQ: We’re moving!
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.