Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 28, 2012 14:24 ET

Minister MacKay Announces Infrastructure Improvements at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, was joined by Mrs. Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa to announce a total investment of $49 million toward several infrastructure projects at the base.

"Our Government has an ongoing commitment toward our men and women in uniform to provide them the tools and facilities they need to work and train for their service to Canada," said Minister MacKay. "Our forces do excellent and often dangerous work on our behalf, and they deserve nothing less than top-of-the-line infrastructure in order to do those jobs safely and effectively."

"I am proud to be a part of a government that invests in the Canadian Forces," said Mrs. Gallant. "In addition to supporting our Forces, the projects announced today will generate important benefits for the local economy here in Petawawa, and beyond for communities across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec."

While on base, Minister MacKay took the opportunity to officially cut the ribbon for the new building housing the Joint Personnel Support Unit Eastern Ontario Regional Element, a project valued at $2.6 million. The facility will provide key coordination for important services delivered throughout the region in support of ill and injured CF personnel and their families.

In addition, Minister MacKay also announced the opening of the Equipment Fielding Coordination Centre (EFCC), a project valued at $3.5 million, as well as commitments totaling $38.8 million towards two training accommodations facilities, one of which will support the base's Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter program.

Finally, the minister announced over $4 million for a total of 19 contracts to Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec companies for various improvements to base infrastructure.

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 conducted an open, fair, and transparent competitive process to award each of these contracts.

For more information on contract awards at CFB Petawawa, please refer to:

http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4291

For more information about the Joint Personnel Support Unit, please refer to:

http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=3719

BACKGROUNDER

Infrastructure Investment at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Petawawa

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, together with Mrs. Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, announced the following commitments to infrastructure at CFB Petawawa:

Joint Personnel Support Unit Eastern Ontario Regional Element building

The Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) Eastern Ontario Regional Element building in Petawawa is 443.46 m², and will house the nine JPSU Eastern Ontario Region Element staff. As the regional element for all the Integrated Personnel Support Centres for Eastern Ontario Region, this new building will be a central location to help coordinate and deliver necessary support for ill and injured Canadian Forces personnel, former personnel, their families and the families of the deceased in Petawawa, Ottawa, Trenton, Kingston, and Petawawa-Satellite North Bay. The overall cost of this project is approximately $2.6 million.

Equipment Fielding Coordination Centre

The Equipment Fielding Coordination Centre (EFCC) is a 1222 m² building with an additional 3798 m² of parking space. The EFCC provides 2 Area Support Unit Petawawa with much needed infrastructure that includes office, maintenance, storage, training, and parking space. The overall cost of this project is approximately $3.5 million.

Training Accommodations

The first of the training accommodation facilities will provide 97 rooms of additional accommodations for CFB Petawawa to alleviate accommodation shortages at the base. This project will cost approximately $16.4 million with completion in September 2012.

The second training accommodations facility will provide 99 additional accommodation rooms to support personnel who will be training at CFB Petawawa as part of the Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter program. This project will cost approximately $22.4 million with completion in fall 2013.

Various contract awards to improve base infrastructure

As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to infrastructure at CFB Petawawa, the following contracts, awarded in open, fair and transparent processes, were announced.

Together, these 19 contracts represent an investment totaling over $4 million in the economy of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

Project Value (CAN$) Company Location
Pave gravel parking lot 187 650 Greenwood Paving Ltd. Pembroke
Reshingle various roofs 130 343 Irvcon Limited Pembroke
Replace roof 1.127M J.G. Fitzerald & Sons Ltd. Pembroke
Upgrade street lights 34 486 Frank's Electric Pembroke
Repair roof damage 64 277 Irvcon Limited Pembroke
Supply and install back-up generator 107 000 Panke Electric Ltd. Petawawa
Interior renovations in residential building 297 500 525894 Ontario Limited Trenton
Rebuild lift station 179 998 Harrington Plumbing and Heating Limited Pembroke
Upgrade drainage at 427 Squadron compound 45 365 H&H Construction Inc. Petawawa
Replace existing energy management control systems in various buildings 136 100 Johnson Controls L.P. Ottawa
Construct cold storage building 192 000 Frecon Construction (Russell) Russell
Interior renovations of training facility 359 000 Frecon Construction Limited Pembroke
Upgrade to outdoor running track 228 000 COCO Paving Inc. Ottawa
Repair mock jump tower 204 750 Wade General Contracting Ltd. Petawawa
Reshingle various roofs 108 900 4083261 Canada Inc (The FIA Group) Gatineau, QC
Storm Base Repair Outfall 2 141 629 H&H Construction Inc. Petawawa
Installation of waste petroleum, oils, and lubricants (POL) tank 29 930 Modern Niagara HVAC Services Inc. Ottawa
Replace shingles 31 880 4083261 Canada Inc (The FIA Group) Gatineau, QC
Replace three flat roofs 461 440 J.G. Fitzerald & Sons Ltd. Pembroke

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