Ontario Construction News staff writer
Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded an $8.8-million contract to Moriyama & Teshima Architects to design a new federal facility in St. John’s, Nfld.
The Government of Canada recently purchased land for the new building, which will house the CRA’s National Verification and Collections Centre and Tax Services Office. Construction is expected to be completed in 2029.
“Building this new facility will not only generate and sustain jobs in the local community, but also significantly reduce the Canadian government’s carbon footprint in the region. This project also incorporates Indigenous Participation Plans, reaffirming the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide opportunities for Indigenous businesses,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of public services and procurement.
Moriyama & Teshima Architects will provide architectural and engineering services for the design of the new facility. The scope of work includes preparing plans, specifications and cost estimates, as well as providing construction oversight services.
Construction will include mandatory requirements for Indigenous Participation Plans. This supports the Government of Canada’s commitment to ensuring that Indigenous businesses are provided with opportunities to benefit from major federal projects and developments. Public Services and Procurement Canada continues to engage with Newfoundland and Labrador’s Indigenous communities to identify potential economic opportunities during this project.
“The Canada Revenue Agency is thrilled to be forging a future where the St. John’s National Verification and Collections Centre and Newfoundland and Labrador Tax Services Office will operate collaboratively from a modern facility,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of national revenue. “The Government of Canada’s investment in this new space exemplifies our dedication to delivering efficient, client-focused services and will greatly benefit CRA employees in Newfoundland and Labrador and the millions of Canadians they serve.”
The building will comply with the 2020 Greening Government Strategy, which requires departments to prioritize low-carbon and climate resilience. New federal buildings must target net-zero carbon, and this will be achieved through integrated design and the incorporation of modern building technologies.
Interior office space will also include activity-based workplaces, providing a safe, efficient and modern workspace for CRA employees. This will help support productivity and wellness for a workforce in St. John’s that fluctuates based on operational needs and can reach a peak of approximately 3,000 employees during tax-filing season.
“We have an energized workforce here in St. John’s East, and this new federal facility will enable the modern and hybrid environment that today’s employees thrive best in. Not only will this project sustain construction-related jobs here in Newfoundland and Labrador as we reduce our carbon footprint, it will ensure the CRA team continues to provide leading and trusted services to Canadians,” said Joanne Thompson, MP for St. John’s East.