THE WILLOW PARK ARMOURY
Frequenters of the City of Halifax may be familiar with the Halifax Drill Hall, a historic armoury gazing over the city Commons. Designed by Thomas Fuller, the armoury has a history that stretches all the way back to 1899. An aesthetic with a hint of Roman flavour and memorable red stone construction, the building measures in at a formidable 78,500 square-feet, and carries a legacy that commands the respect of passers by.
Declared a National Historic Site in 1989, the armoury’s size and the scope of its functions are in line with its rich history. While the Canadian Forces effectively utilize the space, they’ve also maximized its capacity. With a mind for the future and meaningful expansion, the Department of National Defence proposed the construction of the Willow Park Armoury.
A $34 million facility off of Windsor Street in Halifax’s north end, the Willow Park Armoury is a part of CFB Halifax and will be used by some, if not all of the groups that use the current armoury. These groups include the 36 Signals Regiment, 33 Medical Platoon, Princess Louise Fusiliers, and CFB Halifax Supply Detachment.
The new Willow Park Armoury is slated to house two levels that total approximately 11,000 square meters of floor space. Intended uses include office spaces, classrooms, and minor industrial functions. Strum will be providing thorough civil design for all of the site’s services, including sanitary and storm sewer, water, and steam heating services. This work includes the design and construction of around 600m of steam piping between the Central Heating Plant in Windsor Park and the new armoury.
In order for all of these bold endeavors to become reality, several buildings within the proposed armoury’s footprint will be demolished. Strum will be there every step of the way, providing Hazmat and Demolition plans. We’re proud to be participating in the construction of such a significant new landmark - may it forge a legacy similar to it’s sister armoury.