A Landmark in the Making

Building Process Timeline
  • December 2004
    After an Alternative Approval Process, the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) approved a loan authorization bylaw to borrow $1,668,300 to purchase property at 2390 Dobbin Road for a permanent Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment.
  • April 10, 2006
    RDCO awarded a contract to Omicron Architecture Engineering Construction Ltd. to provide construction management and design services for what was being called the Westside Rural RCMP Detachment.
  • October 16, 2006
    After an Alternative Approval Process, RDCO approved a loan authorization bylaw to $8,260,859 for the construction of the detachment.
  • October 9, 2008
    West Kelowna Council voted to take over administration of the RCMP project from RDCO.
  • October 23, 2008
    Sensing a slowdown in the construction industry tied to a sudden and sharp economic decline, West Kelowna Council decided to re-tender construction hoping to obtain more favourable quotes in the spring of 2009. Council also directed staff to work with Omicron to achieve every cost savings possible in the design of the building.
  • December 9, 2008
    West Kelowna Council approved borrowing up to $8,260,859 for construction of the RCMP detachment. The interest and principal charges would amount to $613,397 annually, with 55% of the costs to be recovered in yearly rental charges paid by the province for rural policing.
  • May 12, 2009
    Council awarded Maple Reinders Inc. the contract to build the West Kelowna RCMP Detachment for the bid price of $6,653,850. Including the cost of design and consulting fees, the total price for the building would be $8.46 million, $1.03 million less than what the building would have cost had it been tendered 6 months earlier.
  • August 10, 2010
    Council voted to name the building the West Kelowna RCMP Detachment.
Groundbreaking Ceremony

On June 12, 2009, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at 2390 Dobbin Road officially marking the start of construction on the West Kelowna RCMP Detachment.

For the groundbreaking, Mayor Doug Findlater was joined by Hon. Stockwell Day, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla; Hon. Ben Stewart, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Westside-Kelowna; and, Insp. Cam Forgues, representing the RCMP.

During the following months, Maple Reinders Ltd. was hard at work constructing the architecturally impressive structure, designed by Omicron, which would become a signature landmark in the City of West Kelowna.

Construction Issues

Construction ran into a minor snag, when road salt had to be removed from the site because the substance had been deemed a contaminant under stricter government environmental guidelines that came into effect after the site had been initially prepared for construction. However, from then on, it was full steam ahead, as crews created a building that the RCMP would be proud to call home. An official opening ceremony was held on October 15, 2010.