There was a strong desire by the RCMP that the building provide a welcoming presence to the downtown core. This was achieved by the use of warm wood pillars and trellis work that are reflected in the large glass windows and stand tall and visible for all approaching the building. The wood pillars and trellis are prominent without being foreboding and are placed in such a way as to highlight an arc leading the public into the building.
This two-storey municipal RCMP Facility is located on the edge of the downtown core in the northern city of Prince George. The design intent was to create a welcoming building that would be incorporated into the urban fabric of the city; one that would contribute to a positive profile for the RCMP, its associated protective services and its newly relocated community police force.
Wood was the material of choice for the structure and finishes in the facility. Using glulam columns and purlins, and a heavy timber roof deck in key public areas of the lobby and foyer spaces, imparts a warm and friendly atmosphere while conveying a sense of grandeur. Equally, the use of wood in the interior canopy ceiling and wall panels in the areas where the RCMP and civilian staff interact with the public, creates a calm and supportive atmosphere.