The new armoury is being named the “Master Corporal Charles (Chuck) Michaud Armoury.” Master Corporal Michaud, a native of Edmundston, New Brunswick, died on July 4, 2009, from injuries sustained in an improvised explosive device incident that occurred in Panjway District, Afghanistan, on June 23 of that year. Master Corporal Michaud had been serving as a member of the 2e Batallion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on his third operational tour and second to Afghanistan.
The facility was completed in summer of 2014. “A” Company of the Royal New Brunswick Regiment moved into their new, permanent home on September 2, 2014. This 1524 m2 facility has replaced the existing leased facility located north of Edmundston. The new armoury will increase the visibility of the reserve force in the community, reduce travel distance for local personnel, and offer a better facility for training.
In May 2013, a construction contract valued at $5.2 million was awarded to Maxim Construction of New Brunswick. The overall project value is approximately $8.9 million and includes all aspects of the project: studies, design, construction and project management costs including allowances and contingencies. HST is excluded.
An estimated 84 jobs* were generated from the construction of this new facility. The Government of Canada is committed to replacing dated defence infrastructure and supporting a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century.
*Estimated overall number of direct employment opportunities generated throughout the duration of work. Job opportunities are calculated as follows: 5.4 direct job years of work are created for every million dollars of typical municipal infrastructure work (construction costs), whereby a job is defined as 12 months of work. The job equation is taken from a study by Informetrica Limited for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The initial construction cost was $11.6 million and the total final construction cost (to include all change orders during construction) was approximately $12.1 million.