Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is expanding.
In 1988, we opened our National Training Centre. Located in Manotick, Ontario, over 700 clients have called this building home during the course of their training. Now, 30 years later, we’re excited to announce the development of our new residence and kennel.
This exciting expansion will allow our clients to live and train in an industry leading facility. Our new kennel will ensure maximum comfort for our dogs, while also offering an environment for them to learn more effectively. Our new home will allow us to continue serving Canadians for the next 30 years and beyond.
Update #1: Marking our Territory
While it might not look like much, the bright blue fencing marks the official beginning of our construction project! Soon this field will be the home our new National Training Centre.
Update #2: Breaking Ground
Ground has officially been broken! The construction crew has begun removing the top layer of soil to clear space for the building’s foundation.
Update 3: Starting to take Form
Digging is complete and concrete forms are beginning to be put in place. Once the forms are up, concrete will be poured in to create the building’s foundation.
Update 4: From the Ground Up
The base layer of concrete has been laid, and a foundation is beginning to take shape. Our building is officially being constructed.
Update 5: A Firm Foundation
The foundation is being built up and our new home is starting to take shape! Each day brings new excitement as the building continues to increase its footprint.
Update 6: Moving On Up
And just like that, our building is off the ground! The shell of a first story is starting to take shape. If you look closely, you can also see some of the framing for walls being built on the ground.
Update 7: Brick by Brick
In addition to our new residence and training centre, work has begun on our new, state of the art kennel. This building will allow our dogs to live in the lap of luxury at all times.
Update 8: Establishing Connection
Our new residence and training centre will be connected, via this hallway, to our current national head office, allowing for easy travel between the two.
Update 9: The First Wall
We could hardly contain our excitement seeing this one! Walls have started being raised and we’re really starting to see what the finished product will be like.
Update 10: Raise the Roof
Along with an extended side wall, our roof is starting to be installed. Dozens of these triangular panels will create the frame for a brand new metal roof.
Update 11: The Roof Takes Shape
The snow has arrived in full, but construction is still well underway. The base layer of our roof is just about done, as the triangular panels are connected and covered. Very soon, the metal roof will be installed.
pdate 12: A Full-fledged Roof
The roof is just about finished, as the Southern side has had its metal covering installed. In the background you can see the progress on the kennel building.
Update 13: The New Doghouse
As work continues on the roof of the training centre, much work has been completed on the kennel as well. The exterior is taking shape and work has started on the roof.