Integrated Personnel Support Centre at 8 Wing Trenton welcomes visitors—by design

The new Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) at 8 Wing Trenton.

With a timber facade that leads to a bright, open-concept foyer, the new Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) at 8 Wing Trenton offers an inviting space for both staff and visitors.

“It has a ‘cottage’ feel,” says Brian Moore, Team Leader, Construction Services—and that’s intentional. The single-storey, 450-m2, barrier-free facility is home to the Military Family and Casualty Support unit, and replaces interim facilities that separated partners such as DND and Veterans Affairs Canada. This gives clients—ill and injured military personnel, veterans, their families, and the families of deceased members—a single access point to a full spectrum of services.

The $2.4-million facility is the second of four being built across Canada, using the same consultant. “Some of the issues that came up in construction were identified in Petawawa, and therefore ironed out in the design for Trenton, saving both costs and time,” says Moore.

“We just had to adapt the building to the site conditions and for the users, who needed the position of the boardroom and the hallway switched,” adds Coralee Bain, Coordinator, Construction Services.

Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Integrated Personnel Support Centre on August 29, 2016. Photo (l to r): Rob Beresford, Dalren Limited, Coralee Bain, DCC Coordinator, Construction Services, Minister Sajjan, and Steve Chinnatamby, DND Architectural & Engineering Officer, Real Property Operations.
Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Integrated Personnel Support Centre on August 29, 2016. Photo (l to r): Rob Beresford, Dalren Limited, Coralee Bain, DCC Coordinator, Construction Services, Minister Sajjan, and Steve Chinnatamby, DND Architectural & Engineering Officer, Real Property Operations.

One challenge was a problematic site grade increase at a larger construction site nearby. “DCC had control over both contracts and sites, so we had a lot of coordination between our internal partners to ensure everything went smoothly,” says Moore.

The IPSC’s welcoming atmosphere extends to its construction. Insulated concrete forms and in-floor heating provide energy efficiency, reduced drafts and radiant warmth, while high sound transmission class ratings preserve client privacy.

“Projects like this are rewarding, because you know that the result will be to provide a better space and comfortable environment for the end user," says Bain.


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