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Waterloo Regional Police Services Division 3 | Waterloo, Ontario

Project Value


Project Overview

When the Waterloo Regional Police decided to develop their Division 3 Station on the corner of Weber and Columbia streets, MTE was retained to provide civil, structural and environmental engineering services in support of the state-of-the-art facility. Our team was able to obtain a Record of Site Condition, reduce costs by identifying suitable methods to reuse the former building’s foundations and design the building with enough energy efficient measures to qualify for Silver LEED certification.

The 4,200 m2 (45,000 ft2) station was built with future growth in mind and designed to meet specific policing needs, including the addition of an underground parking garage for police cruisers and a sealed off garage used to transport detainees. The facility also includes a large training and meeting room, offices for victim services, interview rooms, multiple rooms for briefing, writing reports, and collaboration on investigations, a gym, and a 150-spot parking lot.

MTE’s Involvement

Our team was brought on this project early in the design phase to provide engineering design of the site grading, servicing and stormwater management design. Our plan included the installation of catchbasins for quantity control, a stormceptor to provide quality control, sediment control fencing and a mud mat.

We also provided structural engineering services including:

    • The review of existing structure;
    • Design for the building structure and foundation including seismic and wind analysis, drawings, review of shop drawings; and
    • Site reviews of structural work during construction.

During our review we were able to identify materials from the existing building that could be used in the redevelopment, allowing for our client to benefit from cost-savings.

During the construction phases, our team conducted regular site visits to verify that the construction was being completed in accordance with the drawings and specifications provided. During this phase, the second floor of the structure collapsed and through an inspection, we were able to confirm the absence of damage to the structure, allowing regular construction to resume.