New EMS HQ Design Work is Done

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THUNDER BAY – The design work is complete on Thunder Bay and District’s new Headquarters for Superior North Emergency Medical Services and its new Thunder Bay North EMS Station, which will improve response times by being located closer to calls.

Superior North EMS and City of Thunder Bay officials worked with Habib Architects Inc. to design the facility to be located at 105 Junot Avenue South, just north of the Boys and Girls Club.

The 35,000-square-foot facility will house EMS operations, administration, and the headquarters of Superior North EMS.  The building is designed to meet the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) to the Gold standard.

“We envisioned a facility that meets the needs of citizens, Superior North EMS and our paramedics, and I think we achieved that,” said Norm Gale, Chief of EMS.  “Along with improved service to people, this building, we think, is esthetically pleasing for residents and paramedics alike, and we think it will complement and perhaps enhance the neighbourhood.”

The design of the project has been issued for tender.  Superior North EMS and City administration will bring a recommendation to City Council in December to award the contract, with construction to begin in Spring 2011. Construction is expected to continue for 12-18 months.

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