The Government of Canada is committed to providing the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces with the support they need, including safe and modern work and training facilities. In order to improve the work of the Transport and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering sections, the Department of National Defence has awarded a $46.9 million contract to Cegerco Inc. from Chicoutimi, Quebec, for the construction work of two buildings at 3 Wing Bagotville, as well as the deconstruction of the old buildings. Work should begin in Spring 2017.
Transport and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering are responsible for the servicing and maintenance of heavy snow removal vehicles and for the maintenance of runways, radars, and lights, and ensure that the equipment is ready at all times. In doing so, they ensure a rapid response from aircraft, whether to protect Canada, defend North America, contribute to international peace and security, or participate in search and rescue operations.
These buildings will be built in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)silver certification. The Department of Defence continues to evolve as a responsible and sustainable organization by investing in green infrastructure projects.
“The women and men at 3 Wing Bagotville perform an essential job, 24 hours a day, in summer and winter. I’m so pleased that through this contract, we enable the Transport and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering sections to continue doing the excellent work of keeping the heavy vehicles and runways of the Wing impeccable, to enable the success of their missions.”
Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister
- The two modern, expanded, and multifunctional buildings will be dedicated primarily to the maintenance and storage of aircraft maintenance support equipment, heavy vehicles such as snow plows. The buildings will also provide administration areas and parking lots.
- Deconstruction, rather than demolition, of obsolete buildings will limit the amount of waste by recycling certain materials.
- 3 Wing Bagotville houses 28 CF-188 Hornet fighter aircraft and three CH-146 Griffon helicopters, as well as 47 heavy vehicles for the maintenance of airfield pavement and aircraft refueling. It is under the operational command of 1 Canadian Air Division.
- The Government of Canada has made the sustainable management of its operations a priority. The new buildings will use materials and lighting that improve energy efficiency and will have better air filtration and product drainage systems, thereby reducing the effects of activities on the workplace and the environment.
- This infrastructure project will provide avenues of economic development for the local community by creating middle class jobs.