• Client Profile: The City of Kingston

    The City of Kingston is located half way between Canada’s two largest cities – Montreal and Toronto. Set against the backdrop of the scenic St. Lawrence River, Kingston is renowned as the fresh water capital of North America and has become a major tourist destination during the summer months. Kingston’s Police Force serves the city’s 123,363 residents (plus an additional student population of 23,500) and has jurisdiction over an area of 528 square kilometres.

    City Kingston PoliceThe Project

    In 2006, the City of Kingston launched a project to build a new headquarters building for the Kingston Police Force capable of serving the growing Kingston community and housing the force’s sizeable employee base. The three storey, 121,000 square foot facility was constructed on a former brownfield site at 705 Division Street in Kingston. 

    Facilities in the new building include:

    • Administrative space
    • Detention facilities
    • Forensic identification laboratories
    • Police vehicle storage and maintenance
    • Firing range and firearms training centre
    • Communications centre
    • Multi-purpose room/emergency operations centre

    The building was awarded Canada Green Building Council’s LEED® Gold certification - a set of standards designed to incorporate environmentally sustainable construction practices and energy efficient design. Some of the unique “green” features of the building include: the use of recycled materials where possible during construction; the implementation of a waste management plan; a 53% reduction in energy use achieved through the use of high efficiency equipment; and, over 80,000 square feet of landscaped open space that provides attractive surroundings, improves air quality and attracts wildlife to the site.

    The Financing Solution

    In 2007, the City of Kingston approached Infrastructure Ontario (IO) for assistance in financing the $37 million Kingston Police Headquarters project. IO was able to help with $9.6 million in low-cost financing – the amount required to finance the outstanding costs of the project. With financing in place, the new Kingston Police Headquarters project was underway.

    “Infrastructure Ontario provides us with the capital financing necessary to support many of our strategic infrastructure projects. Their knowledgeable staff and expedient processes enable us to achieve our financing objectives without delay.”

    Desiree Kennedy, CA - City Treasurer, City of Kingston

    The Result

    The new Kingston Police Headquarters building became fully operational in October 2007. The building holds the distinction of being the first LEED® accredited building in the City of Kingston, as well as the first LEED® certified police headquarters in Ontario. 

    By combining conventional security features with innovative environmental design, the new Kingston Police Headquarters building signifies a unique progression in the design of municipal facilities. With space for expansion, it is planned that the new headquarters will meet the needs of the Kingston Police Services Board and the community of the City of Kingston for the next 25 years

    For more information on the client, please visit their website at www.cityofkingston.ca