Government of Canada Announces Updates for New Infrastructure Projects at the Seaforth Armoury Site

News Release / August 7, 2013 / Project number: NR 13.245

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence today announced a major investment for defence infrastructure, including upgrades and new construction at the Seaforth Armoury and the relocation of the Jericho Beach Armoury in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“These projects will increase the efficiency of 39 Canadian Brigade Group, and upgrade existing facilities, in order to meet the demanding requirements of the Canadian Armed Forces and will improve the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Army,” said Minister Nicholson. “They deserve the best infrastructure and equipment we can offer them.”

A $40.5 million construction contract was awarded to Carillion Pacific Construction Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C. for the two projects. A $9.3 million portion of the contract is for the Seaforth Armoury Renovation Project, which includes a retrofit and seismic upgrade to the building in order to ensure its compliance with the National Building Code of Canada and updated Department of National Defence standards.

The remaining $31.2 million is for the construction of a new Canadian Armed Forces building, which will include the headquarters for 39 Canadian Brigade Group. The four-storey building will also accommodate a variety of other support organizations and will be adjoined by a three-level elevated parking space for military and personal vehicles. The facility will primarily consist of office space, meeting rooms, classrooms, storage bays, locker rooms, a fitness facility, a medical and dental clinic, and a support centre for military families.

These two infrastructure projects, the construction portion of which was awarded under a single contract, are expected to bring approximately 215 jobs to the local community throughout the duration of construction phase. The Government of Canada conducted an open, fair, and transparent competition process in order to award the contract associated with these two projects.

In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure to meet the challenges of the 21st century. At the same time, the Government’s significant investments in defence infrastructure are providing economic benefits to communities across Canada.

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