Government of Canada launches pilot project to construct new facility for the Royal Canadian Dragoons 

News release

January 15, 2019 – Petawawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

In support of Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is providing modern, green and functional infrastructure in which our military personnel can work and train.

Today, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, announced a project to deliver new and enhanced facilities for the Royal Canadian Dragoons at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa.

This pilot project represents the first time the Government of Canada will use the integrated project delivery approach for a construction project. This approach offers a unique way to manage construction projects and deliver results faster, by promoting greater collaboration and innovation between industry and the Crown.

Valued at $80.6 million, the project is expected to provide economic opportunities for the local community and generate about 225 jobs during the construction period. It will see the renovation of three existing buildings, and the replacement of eight obsolete buildings with a single, centralized 9,900-m2 facility. These modern facilities will provide the regiment with enhanced vehicle maintenance, storage, logistics and training areas to increase collaboration and support daily operations.

Quotes

“Through our defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, we are ensuring that the women and men of our Canadian Armed Forces have the tools, facilities and equipment they need to do the important work we ask of them. This project will provide Canadian Armed Forces members with enhanced logistics and training areas to support them in their daily operations. This new, modern infrastructure will also support our government’s commitment to fighting climate change while providing good, middle class jobs for local residents.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

“This project represents a great investment for the Royal Canadian Dragoons, as well as the wider Ottawa Valley and Pontiac regions. By replacing aging infrastructure with updated green facilities, we’re increasing our military’s capabilities, lowering our carbon footprint, and creating jobs and economic opportunities for Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.”

William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac

Quick facts

  • Formed in 1883, the Royal Canadian Dragoons is the most senior armoured regiment of the Canadian Army.

  • The integrated project delivery approach is more innovative than traditional delivery models, and has been used to successfully deliver private sector infrastructure projects.

  • The Crown, the designer and the builder have formed an integrated project team, and will establish goals and make project decisions together throughout the project. Emphasis on collaborative, early project planning has the potential to shorten the construction phase and deliver the project faster and at a better value. 

  • On behalf of DND, Defence Construction Canada (DCC) awarded the construction and design contracts to PCL Constructors Inc. and Architecture49 Inc.

  • Initial design and planning are expected to be completed by fall 2019, with construction and renovations expected to begin by spring 2020. The facility is expected to be completed in 2021.

  • The new building will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver standards and save an estimated $4.6 million in operations and maintenance costs over 40 years. 

  • This and other green projects will help Defence reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and non-military vehicles by 40 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030, and support the new federal emissions reduction target of 80 percent by 2050.

  • DCC is a Crown corporation that delivers infrastructure and environmental projects for the defence of Canada. It provides contracting, construction contract management and related infrastructure services to DND.

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Contacts

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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