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
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.
Update 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.
Update 14: Window to our Soul
With the roof fully installed, the focus has now turned to windows. From the side, you can see where each client’s suite will lead to an outdoor run for their guide dog in training.
Update 15: The Kennel Roof
The kennel building continues to rise, being fitted for an identical metal sloped roof. The back of the building contains the many doorways that will connect to outdoor runs for our guide dogs.
Update 16: In the doghouse
The frame of the kennel roof is completely in-tact and awaiting metal covering that will match the training centre’s roof. A photo from inside the kennel reveals the brick work and the framing of the roof.
Update 17: Pouring Concrete
With the roof complete, work is starting inside. Here a concrete truck begins pouring in the foundation of the new National Training Centre.
Update 18: Showing our Good Side
The southern side of the building is almost completely finished as the siding is installed and mounted. Each room has a glass door which will connect to a personal run for our clients’ dogs.
Update 19: Brick by Brick
The front of the new National Training Centre is nearly finished with the installation of a beautiful stone wall. With the windows on either side the interior will boast tons of natural light.
Update 20: Inside the Residence
Our first glance inside the new residence reveals the bedroom hallway, as seen on the left. The photo on the right shows a bedroom-in-progress. The glass door next to the windows will open to each client’s personal dog run.
Update 21: Inside the Kennel
Just like our new training centre and residence, work is continuing inside the kennel. The openings in the wall will connect to outdoor runs for the dogs.