Launch­ing One of DND’s Lar­get Projects

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Sailors in the Pa­cific Naval Fleet call it the “cor­ner garage.” Of­fi­cially, it’s known as the Fleet Main­te­nance Fa­cil­ity (FMF) Cape Bre­ton Shop at CFB Esquimalt, and this fa­cil­ity’s mas­sive over­haul is one of DCC’s largest projects.

The multi-phase Shop Con­sol­i­da­tion Project will trans­form the FMF’s 38 main­te­nance shops into one of the largest en­closed build­ings on North Amer­ica’s west coast.

The FMF Cape Bre­ton Shop is re­spon­si­ble for the re­pair and over­haul of ships and aux­il­iary ves­sels. The main­te­nance shops will be folded into one mod­ern fa­cil­ity, lo­cated within the Ship Re­pair Zone of the Dock­yard. Ev­ery­thing from en­gine and radar shops to a self-con­tained elec­tro­plat­ing fa­cil­ity will be lo­cated and con­nected un­der one roof, about the size of seven foot­ball fields.

Con­sol­i­dat­ing ex­ist­ing build­ings within a work­ing Navy dock­yard is a lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge -- one ideally tai­lored to DCC’s ex­per­tise. Be­cause the Navy is con­stantly keep­ing its fleet in a state of on­go­ing readi­ness, a func­tion­ing dock­yard means that up­grades to the fa­cil­ity have to be com­pleted around on­go­ing main­te­nance and re­pair jobs.

From project man­age­ment sup­port to en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments, DCC has had a role in ev­ery stage of this very com­plex project. With such an enor­mous -- and crit­i­cal -- Navy fa­cil­ity, DCC has been work­ing to en­sure that the most strin­gent west coast earth­quake build­ing code re­quire­ments are met. The project is near­ing com­ple­tion of the fourth phase of con­struc­tion; and the fifth and fi­nal stage is un­der­way.

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