Provincial Government Improves Accessibility, Security at Confederation Building
Work is now complete on an enhanced visitors’ entrance at Confederation Building Complex in St. John’s. The new entrance is open today for public use and includes accessibility and security features that will benefit all visitors.
In accordance with 2018 amendments to the provincial Buildings Accessibility Regulations, the new entrance located at the link between East Block and West Block, has extended accessible curb sections; tactile indicator surfaces to mark key entrance features; a smoother, more gradually sloped walkway; more space and waiting area seating than the previous visitors’ entrance; and other features incorporating universal design elements.
The entrance also includes new equipment to assist security services staff in maintaining a safe and secure facility. Visitors are required to provide identification, pass through a metal detector, and be escorted by a representative of the department they are visiting. Packages and bags will also be scanned.
Security guards will be located at the new entrance during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and can accommodate visitors with special requests and barriers to access, such as pregnant women and visitors with pacemakers, who may have concerns with passing through the metal detector.
In addition, persons with mobility challenges may use the main employee entrances of East Block or West Block—whichever is the closest point of access—and security guards will be available to provide assistance if needed.
Visitors to the House of Assembly when it is in session will still be able to use East Block entrances and those who arrive via the new entrance will be escorted.