|By Marketwire .||
|March 15, 2013 02:40 PM EDT||
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/15/13 -- The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister for Fisheries and Oceans and Minister of the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today officially inaugurated a new barrack and announced the construction of new accommodations for the Cadets at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.
"Quality training is an essential cornerstone in the prosperity of the Canadian Armed Forces and our Cadets throughout Canada," said Minister MacKay. "This new facility will ensure the men and women here at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown and the Cadets that will visit will receive this quality training well into the future."
"I am extremely proud of the work done by the Canadian Armed Forces here at Gagetown," said Minister Ashfield. "Investments such as these are great news for not only the men and women at the base, but for the local community as well."
The new 97-room barrack will provide additional capacity to accommodate training needs. The total project value for this facility is approximately $16.6 million, which includes all aspects of the project such as studies, design, construction, administration, contingencies and taxes. In April 2009, a construction contract was awarded to Springhill Construction Ltd., of Fredericton, New Brunswick, for the construction of the new barrack. An estimated 65 direct employment opportunities were generated from this work over the course of its construction.
The new cadet accommodations project at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown will provide for the construction of a new 4818 m2 building that will meet the accommodation requirements of the Canadian Cadet Organization. This new facility will be almost 1000 m2 larger than the existing accommodation building, and offer increased capacity and modern upgraded support infrastructure such as electrical and communication wiring. A $12.1 million contract has been awarded to J.W. Lindsay Entreprises Ltd, of Darmouth, Nova Scotia, for the construction of this new accommodation. The overall value of this project is estimated at $24.3 million, which includes all aspects of the project such as studies, design, construction, administration, contingencies and taxes.
In line with the Canada First Defence Strategy, there is a need to update and replace dated defence infrastructure in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
All Government of Canada contract awards associated with these projects are conducted through an open, fair, and transparent competition process.
For more information, please visit http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4697.
Press Secretary for the Minister of National Defence
Director of Communications to the Honourable Keith Ashfield