Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 12, 2011 10:34 ET

Government of Canada Announces Two New Dining Facilities at CFB Borden

CFB BORDEN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced plans to construct two new All Ranks Kitchen and Dining Facilities at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden. In total, these projects are valued at approximately $77 million and involve the construction of two new 6,133 m2 facilities that will replace four kitchen facilities.

"I'm excited to announce plans to construct these new All Ranks Dining Facilities, which will provide an estimated 415 job opportunities to the local community," said Minister MacKay. "These new buildings will help promote a greater sense of cohesion and camaraderie among the Canadian Forces personnel here at CFB Borden, as all members will be able to share a single location for their meals."

The construction of the two new single-story kitchen and dining facilities will replace both existing Junior Ranks dining halls, the Officers' Mess, and Senior NCO Mess currently being used at CFB Borden by 3,000 military personnel daily. This project is part of the CFB Borden Master Real Property Development Plan which aims to consolidate all training and quarters functions into two separate areas. Each facility will be able to serve approximately 1,500 persons per meal, and will be located on the north and south sides of the base. These new buildings will address existing deficiencies found at the current facilities, some of which are over 50 years old.

In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Government of Canada will conduct an open, fair, and transparent competitive process to award the two contracts for the construction of the new All Ranks Kitchen and Dining facilities at CFB Borden.

The Department of National Defence 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.

Note to editors: For more information about the All Ranks Kitchen and Dining Facilities: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=3891

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