Let’s get moving at the NDHQ Carling Campus


Fitness and recreation will become integral parts of the modern workplace at the new NDHQ Carling Campus. Between January and March, Phase 1 will see 3400 DND tenants occupying four buildings on the new premises.

“People come first at National Defence,” said Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and champion for the new NDHQ. “Significant work has gone into providing you a modern, innovative, and healthy workplace now to ensure you have the time and resources you need to transition successfully into the future.”

In this spirit, NDHQ Carling’s design—both indoors and outdoors—is aimed at enhancing its workforce’s health and well-being.

Over the course of the three phases, personnel can expect to have access to an increasing number of resources as implementation progresses.

The outdoor space has been redesigned so staff can enjoy the unique benefits brought by the green spaces surrounding the Campus: the complex is linked by a number of outdoor trails, and is adjacent to the Trans Canada Trail. These facilities are available year-round for walking, running, cycling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Defence Team members moving during Phase 1 will have access to a new gym featuring traditional exercise machines and equipment, and a dedicated space for fitness classes such as spinning. Personnel will be able to enjoy a game of table tennis or shuffleboard with their colleagues.

In Phase 2, plans are to open a multi-level facility that will serve as a central hub for all sports, fitness, and facilities services, including sports stores and physical exercise specialist services. Specialized training programs offered will include combat fitness, cardio and weights, and a FORCE evaluation area. This phase will also see further enhancement of the sports fields and development of training spaces, a skating area, as well as volleyball and basketball courts.

Planning is ongoing to expand fitness options in Phase 3 and beyond with the construction of a state-of-the-art, multipurpose fitness complex. Incorporated under this structure will be a field house with running track; volleyball, basketball, squash, and badminton courts; indoor soccer and ball hockey surfaces; two indoor skating rinks; a swimming pool; a functional training space; and activity rooms.

The Carling Campus Planning Committee is also exploring opportunities to further develop the fitness and sports facilities at its Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre locations. Along with its partners, including the City of Ottawa, the Carling Campus Planning Committee will continue to seek modern and innovative ways to improve the quality of life of the Defence Team.

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