The Canada First Defence Strategy contains a detailed road map for the modernization of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), including new defence infrastructure to replace dated infrastructure and support a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century.
The infrastructure project at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base (3 CDSB) Edmonton
(formerly known as Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton) saw the construction of a new, standard 97-room barracks to house visiting CAF personnel training at the base. 3rd Canadian Division Support Base (3 CDSB) Edmonton hosts 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group containing a number of units, including the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and 1 Service Battalion. These units provide land-focused operational capability to the Canadian Forces and will continue for the foreseeable future. Personnel who arrive for training with these units on a temporary basis will be accommodated in this new facility.
This facility was based on a proven design known as the “Yukon Lodge” that is already in use at Canadian Forces Bases in Trenton, ON, Wainwright, AB, Kingston, ON, and Gagetown, NB, and was adapted to meet the needs of CFB Edmonton. The design name "Yukon Lodge" affectionately refers to the name of a former World War II era facility at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, that temporarily accommodated Canadian Armed Forces members and their families prior to travelling overseas. Today's version is a leading-edge design that features modern facilities and sustainable design features.
The facility was built to replace four of the six existing accommodation buildings at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base (3 CDSB) Edmonton. The original four buildings were built in the mid-1950’s, or earlier, and had reached the end of their lifecycle.
In February 2011, a construction contract valued at $11.6 million was awarded to Pentagon Structures Ltd. of Edmonton, Alberta, for the construction of the new accommodations. The overall project value is approximately $20.3 million and includes all aspects of the project: studies, design, construction, furnishings and equipment, project management costs and allowances and contingencies. GST is excluded.
An estimated 65 direct employment opportunities were generated from the construction of this new facility.