The Government of Canada announced on Jan. 15 an $80.6 million project to upgrade and replace buildings used by The Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD). From left in front are Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Tom Verner, Garrison Petawawa CWO; Town of Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet; Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe; Member of Parliament for Pontiac William Amos; RCD Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Rob Marois; Managing Principle Architecture 49 Glen Klym; Director General Engineering Services Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure & Environment) (ADMIE) Martin Frank; Vice-President Operations-Procurement, Defence Construction Canada (DCC) Mélinda Nycholat; PCL Construction Manager David Hudock; Acting RCD Regimental Sergeant Major Master Warrant Officer Chester Tingley; ADMIE Project Manager Allan Trenholme; and Defence Construction Canada Petawawa Site Manager Gilles Bernardin. From left in back are DCC Regional Director John Graham; DCC Regional Service Line Leader Marcy Burton; ADMIE Team Leader Jeremy Mansfield; and DCC Program Leader Ryan Maher. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

$80.6 million project will bring new green infrastructure to The RCD

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Government of Canada has announced an $80.6 million project to upgrade infrastructure used by The Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) at Garrison Petawawa.

This project will see the renovation of three existing buildings and the replacement of eight buildings with a centralized 9,900-m2 facility. The construction will fall in line with green infrastructure and clean technology, providing modern facilities to enhance the maintenance of vehicles, storage, logistics, and training areas.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring all of our soldiers, all of our armoured vehicles … into one building,” said RCD Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Rob Marois.

William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, made the announcement before a contingent of Dragoons on Jan. 15.

“For the first time ever, the Government of Canada is delivering a construction project using cutting edge, integrated project delivery,” said Amos.

“This pilot project is a testament to National Defence and the Government of Canada’s commitment to innovation and partnership to environmental and financial stewardship and most of all, to you who serve,” he added. “It is an example of how our government will always strive to find new and better ways to support our people and to support our communities.”

This massive project aligns with Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure and Engaged. This policy was set out to provide modern, green and functional infrastructure to the Canadian Armed Forces so that members may better work and train.
This reflects the government’s commitment to bolstering the economy by investing in green infrastructure and technologies.

Garrison Petawawa as a whole has been at the forefront of many of these green renovation projects, updating current facilities and adding new ones. The ultimate goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent within 20 years.

“It provides the right tools so our people can always achieve their mission,” said Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe. “Supporting a workforce of this size is no easy task but if you have the right infrastructure in place, this task can be much easier.”

For over 65 years, Defence Construction Canada (DCC) has been in charge of infrastructure and environmental projects for the military. Creating green military facilities is a relatively new approach and often requires a multi-pronged collaboration.

“We are always looking for ways to deliver projects in the most collaborative and cost-effective manner to ensure that we get the best value for the Crown,” said DCC Vice-President, Operations Mélinda Nycholat.

“From a DCC perspective, this has been a major achievement involving employees from across the Ontario Region, contributing their expertise over a long period of time,” she added.

This particular project will generate 225 jobs locally once construction begins in the spring of 2020. The timeline is not firm, but it is estimated that it will take several years to complete. The schematic design, however, should be completed within six months.

The project will, at the least, meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Standard, confirmed Nycholat.

According to the LEED website, while pursuing this certification, a project earns points across several categories including energy use and air quality. Once the points are tallied, the project falls into one of four LEED rating levels, Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Silver requires between 50 and 59 points.

Going green isn’t only good for the environment, but is also helping the military’s bottom line.
“This will bring an estimated savings of $4.6 million in operation and maintenance cost over 40 years,” said Amos.