Wabasca-Desmarais RCMP Detachment
Wabasca AB
RCMP K Division
March 2020
1,200 m²

Our architectural firm and multidisciplinary team of subconsultants provided the design and construction administration for the new replacement detachment of the original mid-1990’s RCMP detachment, now obsolete due to population growth, leading to staffing increases and beyond repair due to excessive wear and tear in this semi-remote setting. Technological changes in policing also drove the need for a new physical detachment. A large cell block of 14 units completes the plan.

This federal project is in proximity to an airport: building height as well as radio tower required close coordination with Transport Canada standards. Sound attenuation was a priority.

CPTED principles were used as design philosophy for the exterior of the building. To discourage unlawful access to the building the exterior cladding is not climbable. Vision from the street into the building, and subsequently the building’s occupants, were considered in the day and night time by having no windows below 6’0” (1830mm) high. For security, the barrier between public and secure areas in the building is clearly defined with partitions and hardware. Access into the building is internally controlled by staff.

Building is sited with regard to future expansion of administrative areas with minimal disruption to operations and minimal impact on site circulation.

Durability of exterior materials and interior finishes was a priority in this sometimes abusive environment. Detailing was often simplified intentionally to support the engagement of local trades and resources. The finished project incorporates artwork from the local First Nations community.

Some delay in the project schedule was due to forest fire evacuations.