Federal Government Makes Major Investment in Halifax Military Facilities
Major investment will provide Canada’s men and women in uniform with the best possible infrastructure in Atlantic Canada.
The Honorable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, announced the start of construction work for two Halifax-area infrastructure projects worth $208.6 million and which are expected to generate an estimated 380 jobs.
The first project is a new housing and training facility for the Junior Ranks at CFB Halifax. A joint contract for $64.8 million was awarded last month to Aecon and SLI of Halifax for this.
Phase 1 will see the construction of a 21,060 m2 complex which includes quarters, dining, galley and mess hall, as well as a 1,169 m2 building which will house a retail store, a concession snack bar, a barber shop and financial services. This first phase is set to be completed in 2016.
Phase 2 will see the construction of a modern seamanship training facility, with an approximate area of 7,654 m2. This facility will provide the infrastructure necessary to meet current and emerging training requirements in an efficient and cohesive environment.
The second project is the construction of a new armoury in Bedford, which will be known as the Major Robert Campbell Risley Armoury. A contract for $6.1 million was awarded last month to PCL Constructors Canada Inc., of Halifax, for this project.
Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77) prepare to refuel with HMCS Protecteur (AOR 509) during exercise Koa Kai 14-1 in waters near Hawaii on January 27. Koa Kai is a semi-annual exercise that
improves cooperation, readiness and the capability of forces to respond quickly to various crises, ranging from
armed conflict to humanitarian assistance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin