RDN looks to re-design Nanaimo administration building

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The Regional District of Nanaimo is looking to re-design workspaces at its Hammond Bay Road administration building to address ongoing challenges of inadequate space for staff.

A request for statements of qualifications (RFSQ) from consulting firms is open until Oct. 6.

“The admin building has been near or over capacity for a number of years and an ongoing challenge,” Sheldon Racz, RDN manager of fleet and facilities, told the Sounder. “With COVID-19, ensuring proper physical distancing for staff has led to a decrease in available shared space.”

The current space layout and furniture is inadequate for the current number of staff and doesn’t allow for future growth, the RFSQ documents say. Currently, there are 120 staff who work out of the 25,000 square-foot building.

The assessment process by the successful firm is expected to look at the RDN’s current and anticipated staffing mix, space utilization, furniture and office needs, storage and workroom needs.

“Currently the RDN is not looking for build proposals, but rather looking at what can be accomplished to better utilize the current space of the administration building,” Racz said. If a major renovation is required, proposals would need to align with the RDN’s green building policy meant to maximize building performance, optimize energy efficiency and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The policy does not lay out specific build requirements.

A budget for the assessment process has yet to be determined. Staff said a timeline for when proposals may come to the board of directors has not been established. The RFSQ marks April 29, 2022 as the deadline for “full implementation.”

Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder

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