Kathy Roberge: Hello, my name is Kathy Roberge, and I’m here today at NDHQ Carling with Dan Godbout, who’s going to give us an update on NDHQ transformation.
Thanks Dan for joining me today. To start off, can you give me an update on the NDHQ Carling transformation? Where are we and what’s next?
Daniel Godbout: It’s my pleasure to give you an update, Kathy. The project is well underway. We’re now almost finished Phase 1. Phase 1 consisted of having design and construction for buildings 6, 7, 8, 9, here at Carling, which will house about 3,900 people. Two of the buildings are completely full: number 8 and number 9, with CMP. HR-Civ is moving right now into building 6, and we have portions of ADM(IM) and ADM(SNT) moving in building 7 a little later next month. And the whole Phase 1 will be complete by Christmas.
Kathy Roberge: Once Phase 1 is over, when does Phase 2 start?
Daniel Godbout: Yes, so Phase 2 has already started. Phase 2 is the second large portion of the project. We will look at transforming buildings 5, 3, 2 and the Pavilion. This will also house about 4,000 people. The design is complete. The construction has started for the base building work. Which means that we had to transform some of the structure because it did not meet some of the new codes. And the transformation itself for new office space has been designed, and has been contracted out. So the work is ready to start to do the whole transformation inside the buildings. This will be ready sometime in the fall 2018. And the whole project is on track to finish, as scheduled, by the end of fiscal year 2019-2020.
Kathy Roberge: Now let’s talk about parking. It’s been a hot issue for many people, because they’re worried there’s not going to be enough parking spots for everyone. Can you tell us what we can expect for parking?
Daniel Godbout: When we went to our workforce, to our employees, we did a full survey on bus services in town. We went and we reached over 5,500 people, answered our survey, and out of that 5,500 people, 40% of them told us that they would be taking the bus to come to work. Now, the bus right now for Phase 1 is not the best, I must agree, but OC Transpo is really looking at how they will move people in town, through the LRT, which will be ready for our Phase 2. So, really, coming to campus will be facilitated by the LRT in town. So for parking, we don’t foresee a problem, we have over 5,700 spaces, and we have discussed with the industry next door to us, which is Abbott Laboratories. They have additional parking available, and we already opened a link with them should there not be enough parking right onsite, we will have the ability to acquire some more parking to make sure that we satisfy the demand.
There’s a bus, there’s bicycles, there’s vehicles coming here. We’re looking at different ways to come to campus. And we’re looking at different ways to offer parking. When we look at the whole parking space that exists over here, it did support 8,500 people in the past. So, we have no reason to think that we don’t have enough parking. We will give preference to people that, first of all, have a mobility problem, so these people will be taken care of. Then we will really try to help the people that are deciding to come here carpooling, they will be assured a parking spot. And when we do all the numbers, we still have ample parking for the remainder of people.
Kathy Roberge: Thank you very much for joining us. This has been an NDHQ Carling update.