Canadian Forces Weather and Oceanographic Service Transformation Project

Backgrounder / July 24, 2012 / Project number: BG - 12.035

Building new defence infrastructure is in line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, which sets a detailed road map for the modernization of the Canadian Forces. New infrastructure is designed to support a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century.

Canadian Forces Weather and Oceanographic Service Transformation Project

This project will upgrade the Canadian Forces Weather and Oceanographic Service, which provides the essential specialized weather support for Canadian Forces capabilities both at home and abroad. The demand for such meteorological support has increased exponentially over recent years and the work associated with this project will allow personnel to meet this demand. The overall project value includes the construction of a new 1120 m2 wing at CFB Gagetown, renovations of the Meteorological and Oceanographic Centres at CFB Esquimalt and CFB Halifax, personnel relocation costs and the procurement of new Information Technology systems.

Overall project value: approximately CAN$28.1 million.

Joint Meteorological Centre at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown

The existing 739m2 building which housed the former Army Meteorological Centre will be renovated and expanded to include a new 1120m2 wing, and will house the new Joint Meteorological Centre. The new centre will be able to accommodate the additional personnel required to properly implement the Canadian Forces Weather Service’s new 24/7 operations. This new wing will include additional workstations and meeting areas, an operations area, a classroom for on-the-job training, a lunch room, washrooms and vehicle garage. The Joint Meteorological Centre at CFB Gagetown will allow personnel to deliver 24/7 support to operations, to maintain a pool of readily deployable meteorological personnel, and to develop new and improved weather specific products for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.

A contract valued at CAN$5.1 million has been awarded to Maxim 2000 Inc., of Saint John, New Brunswick, for the construction of the new wing. This contract was awarded through an open, fair, and transparent competitive process.

Renovations to Meteorological and Oceanographic Centres at CFB Esquimalt and CFB Halifax

These renovations will see the reconfiguration of office space to accommodate additional personnel at CFB Esquimalt and CFB Halifax. A CAN$61 980 contract has been awarded to Stantec Consulting, of Edmonton, Alberta, for the design work associated with the renovations at CFB Esquimalt. This contract was awarded through an open, fair, and transparent competitive process.

The renovations at CFB Halifax are currently in the design phase.

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