Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 09, 2009 10:49 ET

Canada's Government Awards Contract for 8 Wing Trenton Defence Infrastructure Project

TRENTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 9, 2009) - The Department of National Defence (DND), through Defence Construction Canada (DCC), has awarded a contract for close to $16.2 million to Dufferin Construction Company of the Greater Toronto Area for the reconstruction of the northwest ramp at 8 Wing Trenton. This contract award will bring economic benefits to the Trenton/Toronto area, generating an estimated 87 direct employment opportunities over the course of this work.

"This investment, part of our $500-million infrastructure upgrade program for Trenton, shows our Government's commitment to the Canadian Forces," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. "This locally awarded contract is another example of this Government's ongoing contribution to the economic foundation of communities across Canada."

The overall reconstruction project was announced by the Minister in September 2008 and is valued at more than $39 million. This amount includes the $16.2 million contract award, which will see the construction of a new northwest ramp and associated taxiway infrastructure. Consisting of approximately 82,500 m2 of concrete and 47,400 m2 of asphalt, this recapitalization will provide more area for maneuvering, parking and loading aircraft, while providing adequate space to accommodate future Wing requirements.

The existing ramp and taxiways lack sufficient space to accommodate Trenton's aircraft fleet. The recapitalization of the northeast ramp was completed in summer 2008, and reconstruction of the southeast ramp will be completed in the summer of 2009. The construction contracts awarded for these two projects to reconstruct runways at 8 Wing Trenton were awarded to Miller Construction and Dufferin Construction, both from the Greater Toronto Area.

To ensure that the Canadian Forces have the facilities they need, the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS) includes measures that will improve 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 and DCC developed an open, fair and transparent competitive process to award the contract for the reconstruction of the northeast ramp at 8 Wing Trenton.

DND holds a large number of properties 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.

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