Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 02, 2009 16:37 ET

Canada's Government Awards Contract for Defence Infrastructure Project at CFB Esquimalt

CFB ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLOUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2009) - The Government of Canada has awarded a contract for $47.3 million to Stuart Olson Constructors Inc. of Richmond, BC, for Phase IV of the modernization of the Fleet Maintenance Facility (Cape Breton) (FMF (Cape Breton)) at the Esquimalt Dockyard. This construction contract will generate approximately 255 direct employment opportunities throughout the course of the work.

"Awarding this contract is yet another example of how committed this Government is to implementing a significant infrastructure plan, providing the Canadian Forces with the infrastructure designed to deliver results," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. "This plan not only benefits the Canadian Forces, but will provide a substantial economic lift to local communities."

CFB Esquimalt is the cornerstone of pacific maritime operations. The Base is home to the warships of Canada's Pacific Fleet, and contributes close to $650 million annually to the local economy.

The FMF (Cape Breton) project is a five phased project that is consolidating and modernizing the DND ship maintenance facilities at Her Majesty's Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt. The work involved, which has been unfolding over the last several years, will see the Esquimalt facilities consolidated into three modern buildings. The FMF (Cape Breton) project scope includes: construction of one new industrial-support building; significant additions and renovation work on two existing modern industrial buildings; extensive upgrading of the Dockyard's utility services; and general site improvements.

The recently announced Phase IV contract is for construction work on one of the existing modern industrial buildings. The scope of the contract includes: completion of a large addition to accommodate industrial and office functions; extensive renovation to office areas and the existing cafeteria; and configuring of existing industrial space to accommodate a new plating shop and waste-water treatment plant. The balance of Phase IV work that will include the demolition of a further five buildings, and extensive environmental site remediation work will be included in the scope of future contracts.

To ensure that the Canadian Forces have the facilities they need, the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS) includes measures that will result in an overall improvement in the condition of defence infrastructure over the long term. The implementation of CFDS will bring significant benefits here at home. In addition to a renewed commitment to domestic security, increased spending on defence infrastructure will generate economic benefits to Canadian industry.

DND holds a large number of properties all across the country to support the Canadian Forces, including some 21,000 buildings; 2.25 million hectares of land; 5,500 km of roads; and 3,000 km of water, storm and sewer pipes.

The Government of Canada developed an open, fair and transparent competitive process in order to award the contract for Phase IV of the modernization of the FMF (Cape Breton).

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