Summerland RCMP Detachment

Type of Building
Civic & Institutional
1,500 sq. m.
Allen + Maurer Architects, KMBR Architects Planners Inc.
Structural Engineer
Fast + Epp
Project Owner
District of Summerland
Glue-laminated timber (glulam), Lumber, Nail-laminated timber (NLT)

Our new facility is an outstanding building that is state of the art. The RCMP recognize they couldn't have moved into this new home without the support of the community they serve.

Inspector Brad Haugli, Officer in Charge RCMP South Okanagan-Similkameen Region

Project Overview

Completed in 2012, this 1,500 square metre, single-storey building provides state-of-the-art accommodation and facilities for the Summerland RCMP detachment in the southern interior of British Columbia. With the existing facility outdated and in need of major repairs, the town faced a difficult referendum question: either raise funds for a new building or have the community police force replaced by a regional one. The simple, elegant and economical design of the proposed facility helped convince a majority of citizens to vote in favour of a new building. 

Wood Use

This is a building in which wood is used in very traditional ways, with solid sawn lumber exposed as both a structural and finish material. Such an approach also maximizes the sustainable attributes of wood as a natural medium for carbon storage and as a construction material with low embodied energy. The architects chose a conventional glue-laminated timber post and beam structure for the building, with exterior and interior infill walls of light wood-frame construction.