PICTOU LANDING – A new Pictou Landing First Nation band office is expected to open within a month.
Community communications officer Heather Hughes says the building will open in the next several weeks while a flooring issue related to the project is resolved and an order of new furniture arrives.
“Staff is set to move in June 27 and be fully operational by July 4,” she said. “The final pieces are in the works; landscaping is taking place, furniture is set to be installed as early as (this) week.”
She said a grand opening is being planned at an appropriate time.
The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce has been leading the project in partnership with the First Nation, as well as the local fabrication company MacGregors Industrial Group and PoleCo, a Halifax-based renewable energy engineering company.
PoleCo is supplying the solar panels for the building, which will also have back-up from a battery and a generator with a heat recovery component. The building will have a pitched roof in order to mount the solar panels on its south side.
The project was begun last fall after it received $58,500 in federal funding through ACOA as part of an announcement made early last year. It was seen as a marketing tool for potential sales in Canada to combat high energy costs and construction challenges, such as in the Far North.
The new band office will replace the previous one that was abandoned due to health concerns. It will house services that have been scattered around the community since the previous office was closed.
It has been built through a process that includes an integrated energy management system.
The project’s completion date was originally early this year but was delayed when the system required design modifications that increased its construction time.