The concept for the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus is to bring together the Barrie Police Service, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service and Simcoe County Paramedic Services together on a shared campus in a partnership arrangement where each party will benefit. Through shared space and staff amenities, each partner will have access to more efficient and improved facilities as compared to what would be feasible or affordable in separate standalone buildings.
With the complexities of a multi-stakeholder facility, tight budgets, and a high-profile project in the eyes of the public, an Integrated Project Delivery approach (IPD) to design and construction has been utilized. IPD represented an optimal path to best align expectations and outcomes across every possible dimension of the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus project. It further offered the opportunity for the City of Barrie to demonstrate leadership not only in the creation of a unique building type (the shared facility), but to the AEC industry in terms of its delivery process.