Regional Fire Centre and Initial Attack Base

Location: Lac du Bonnet, MB

This project involved the design-build of a 1,672 m2 two-storey concrete pile and slab on grade with a structural steel building, complete with an insulated metal panel, aluminum strip windows, and EPDM roofing—a highly sophisticated dispatch facility, able to maintain constant contact with fire-fighting forces in the field. The project includes a 20-suite accommodation building, pilots’ building, workshop, jet fuel pump storage, concrete airplane apron, and two helipads. The facility is designed to accommodate considerable wear and tear from the airborne forest fire-fighting squad.

The command centre is adjacent to the airstrip and a protruded second-floor viewing portal provides a vantage point over the airfield. Along with the necessary functional requirements, the facility is enhanced by aesthetics, setting a standard for aerial attack fire-fighting centres in Manitoba.

Contract Value

$8.4M CAD

Prime Consultant

1 x 1 architecture

Project Owner

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship

Contract Format


Completion Date

January 2015

Contract Duration

11 months