Robert Fonberg approved in May 2011 a plan to accelerate the renovation of the executive suite at DND’s downtown headquarters and have the construction finished by the summer.
The renovations were to “ensure that my staff and I continue to provide the best possible service to your office,” Fonberg told Defence Minister Peter MacKay.
The briefing note detailing the renovations was obtained by the Citizen through the Access to Information law.
DND confirmed in an email that the renovations, which cost $374,496, are now finished. The offices are for Fonberg and Matthew King, the associate deputy minister, as well as their seven support staff. Also included is a boardroom with video-conferencing facilities.
“The area in question had not been renovated since 1992; since then, new requirements emerged that are appropriate for the offices of the senior civilian leadership at National Defence,” the Defence Department stated in an email.
It did not outline what those new requirements were. Aside from noting the boardroom and video conferencing facilities, DND did not provide specific details about what was done in the renovations. But it did point out that since high-level meetings take place in the boardroom, security measures were taken in the construction of that part of the renovations.