Police Services & Municipal Hall Project

Properly housing the West Vancouver Police Department and other municipal services is a necessary investment in critical infrastructure in West Vancouver, and will be one of the most significant capital projects ever undertaken by the District.

The West Vancouver Police Department provides exemplary service to the community, but their primary facility on Marine Drive is currently deficient and would likely fail in the event of a major earthquake. This could prevent the District's first responders from deploying equipment and vehicles or delivering life-saving services to the community. 

Current Status

Esquimalt Avenue is now closed between 16th and 17th Streets, and will remain closed for the duration of the project.

September 2015

As part of the site preparation, some trees were removed to accommodate construction. Affected trees and vegetation:

  • large cypress tree on the west side of Municipal Hall
  • large liquidambar tree on the east side of Municipal Hall
  • shrubs and small cherry trees on the south perimeter of the site
  • shrubs, small boxelder maple and magnolia trees on the south-east and south-west corners of the site

Once the project is complete, the trees will be replaced as illustrated in the landscape plan below.

PSB Landscaping Plan

August 2015

Work began on site preparation on August 4. The basement and lower main entrances to Municipal Hall will be closed for the duration of construction. Please enter the building using the Fulton Avenue or 17th Street entrances.

June 2015

The total estimated cost is $36 million. On June 22, Council approved a funding model which includes combined funding from the Endowment Fund ($7.743 million) and from the Municipal Finance Authority ($28.257 million by way of a 30-year loan). Site preparation is to begin in August with the demolition of the parkade on the south side of Municipal Hall, where the new building will stand. The revised building plan does not include West Vancouver Fire & Rescue.

March 2015

Information about the revised plan was presented to the public at an information session in March and was made available in a series of displays in around the District.

January 2015

In the second half of 2014, staff conducted a review of the proposal to consider how all District residents are best served at the municipal hall site, and what design elements may be needed in the new building to allow District departments and staff to deliver the best customer service possible, in the most efficient manner.

On January 12, Council approved a revised plan for a proposed building, to include a new Police Services building and an expansion to house municipal service and administrative functions to provide better access, services and support to residents and businesses. The revised building plan does not include West Vancouver Fire & Rescue.

The revised proposal includes seismic upgrading of Municipal Hall. The future construction of the Fire and Rescue Services building, including ambulance, will be considered in conjunction with the sale or long-term lease and development of 15th Street, 16th Street, and Fulton Avenue properties.

Report to Council

Video of presentation to Council

Design

Current Status - Summer, 2014

The public safety building is a necessary investment in critical infrastructure in West Vancouver. In 2013, the project was advanced with significant internal and external stakeholder consultation. Staff engaged the community in decisions related to the public realm, as well as some elements of design.

The next steps will be to confirm the funding model, for which community input will be sought, and to finalize design with all potential users in mind. The public safety building will be one of the most significant capital projects ever undertaken by the District. Staff are considering how all District residents are best served at the municipal hall site, and what design elements may be needed in the new building to allow District departments and staff to deliver the best customer service possible, in the most efficient manner.

2013

On October 21, 2013, staff reported back to Council with the recommended exterior facade and landscape design and was moved by Council on the motion that the Design Team meet with the Design Review Committee to obtain input on the recommended exterior facade and landscape design and present the model and information boards for the Public Safety Building at the West Vancouver Memorial Library, West Vancouver Community Centre, Senior’s Activity Centre, and Municipal Hall. Staff will then return to Council in November 2013 to consider approval on the recommended exterior facade and landscape design.

On September 9, 2013, Council approved the exterior façade and landscape design for the purpose of submission to the Design Review Committee, and discussion with user groups and the public, after which a recommended exterior façade and landscape design will be brought back to Council in public for approval in October 2013. 

On May 6, 2013, staff reported back to Council with the Recommended Exterior Schematic Design and was approved by Council to proceed as the basis for the design of the project.

Also on May 6, 2013, Council approved funding release for the Design Development phase.

Display Boards from the April 24, 2013 Open Houson the Preliminary Exterior Schematic Design

On April 8, 2013, staff reported to Council on the Preliminary Exterior Schematic Design 

Display boards from January 30, 2013 Open House on the Public Safety Building Massing Scenarios

Previous reports on Design and site selection

Funding

Contact

If you have questions about the Police Services & Municipal Hall Project, contact us at:

604-921-3495

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