Anchors aweigh

Coast guard site get­ting off the ground

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - THE GUARDIAN

Mike Ouel­lette says the fu­ture home of the new Cana­dian Coast Guard Cen­tre in Char­lot­te­town is prime.

“It’s a great lo­ca­tion,’’ says Ouel­lette, re­gional di­rec­tor for in­te­grated tech­ni­cal ser­vices with Coast Guard At­lantic.

“You just have to look at how close it is to all the ma­jor ar­ter­ies. It’s the per­fect spot for us to get buoys in and out of town or get our tech­ni­cians quickly on the road, or do a quick ... en­vi­ron­men­tal re­sponse for a spill.’’

Ouel­lette was on hand Tues­day as Min­is­ter of Fish­eries and Oceans Gail Shea of­fi­cially marked the be­gin­ning of con­struc­tion.

The 1,781-square-me­tre cen­tre is ex­pected to be com­plete by the spring of 2016 on John Yeo Drive next to the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans’ area of­fice. The cen­tre, which will house 24 Coast Guard em­ploy­ees, will pro­vide space for main­te­nance to buoys and other aids to nav­i­ga­tion, as well as car­pen­try, re­pairs to elec­tronic equip­ment, and stor­age for emer­gency re­sponse equip­ment. There will also be of­fice space and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the cen­tre.

Ouel­lette says the new build­ing will have the latest in heat­ing me­chan­i­cal and air con­di­tion meet­ing — all lack­ing in cur­rent tem­po­rary lo­ca­tions.

“It will be nice for peo­ple to have a nice, com­fort­able place to work in,’’ he says.

In Fe­bru­ary, Shea an­nounced that a 15-year lease with an ex­pected value of $4.5 mil­lion had been awarded to a Char­lot­te­town com­pany to con­struct a new In­te­grated Ser­vice Cen­tre for the Cana­dian Coast Guard. With re­newal op­tions and a build­ing fit-up com­po­nent, the ex­pected value of the lease could be as high as $11.7 mil­lion.

The con­tract was awarded to APM Land­mark fol­low­ing a public ten­der­ing process.

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