Launching One of DND’s Larget Projects
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.