01/08/2013 18:28 EST | Updated 03/10/2013 05:12 EDT

RCMP opens new $1B headquarters in Surrey, B.C.

The B.C. RCMP is getting ready to move into its new $1 billion headquarters in Surrey, federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced on Tuesday.

About 2,700 RCMP employees from 25 different E Division units will start moving into the new facility this month according B.C.'s Commanding Officer, Craig Callens.

"A move of this magnitude requires significant planning and coordination. We need to remain fully operational while in the process of moving," said Callens.

"Our staff has been preparing for our move for a long time and we are excited to take occupancy of this purpose-built space that will serve us well for many years to come."

The new headquarters is located at 14200 Green Timbers Way in Surrey, in an area commonly referred to as Green Timbers.

It was built as a public-private partnership by the federal government and a consortium led by Bouygues Building Canada, which will maintain and operate the facility for 25 years, as part of the fixed-price contract worth $966 million.