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Modified design build puts training and messing under one roof in Halifax

Defence Construction Canada and the Department of National Defence teamed up on a Modified Design Build for the new Junior Ranks facility at CFB Halifax.

Similar to a design-build process where a contractor provides both the design and build components in response to a requirement, the ‘modified’ component in this case relates to both DND’s and DCC’s involvement in the process, from input during the first phase of the contract (design), negotiation of the value of the second phase of the contract (build), to construction management of that second build phase of the contract. The modified design-build concept seamlessly handles all steps at once, saving time and money.

The project will see construction of a new LEED Silver 21,060 m2 accommodations, dining and messing facility.

Dean MacMullin, DCC Coordinator, Construction Services at CFB Halifax, says the new 12-storey, 300-room accommodations building is a much-needed addition to the base.

“Students have been staying in buildings that are approximately 60 years old,” says MacMullin. “It will be terrific for these non-commissioned members who are here in Halifax on training to also be able to live and dine in the same building, under the same roof.”

To date, two contractors have been awarded the $64.8-million contract to build the new housing and training facility including environmental, geotechnical and engineering design services.

According to a news release from DND, “the buildings will provide the infrastructure necessary to meet the current and emerging training requirements for the Canadian Armed Forces in an efficient and consistent environment.”

MacMullin agrees, saying the new facilities will not only house and feed members in a functional, operationally-focused and attractive new environment, they will also help members focus on the training they receive.

“This is a well-designed facility for members of the CAF, giving them everything they need operationally and in terms of their quality of life, all under one roof. It’s going to be nice when it’s finished.” The new facility is scheduled to open in spring 2016.

(Architecture49 with SNC-Lavalin)

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