Second phase of Federal Infrastructure Investments Program underway
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and families who call 4 CDSB Petawawa’s military housing home are seeing the benefits of recent targeted infrastructure investments that the Department of National Defence (DND) is making to improve the condition of Base and Wing housing.
In November 2014, the Government of Canada announced a $5.8 billion investment in public infrastructure, of which DND received $452 million. As part of this program, the Canadian Forces Housing Agency (CFHA) received $102.75 million, $16 million of which was allocated to making improvements at 4 CDSB Petawawa during fiscal years 2015/2016 and 2016/2017.
CFHA, which manages military housing on behalf of DND, began putting projects in place using these additional funds in the spring and summer of 2015. The first phase of projects was completed on March 31, 2016.
As a result, 74 Residential Housing Units (RHUs) in Petawawa received interior renovations, which included the replacement of plumbing, electrical and heating systems, kitchen and bathroom renovations, and changes to the interior layout to improve interior functionality.
Additionally, 15 RHUs received kitchen renovations, while exterior retrofits, which include the replacement of siding, windows, and doors, along with the addition of insulation, were completed on 30 RHUs. Exterior retrofit projects aim to protect the asset, improve energy efficiency and comfort, and reduce heating costs.
Under the additional funding available in 2016, CFHA Petawawa will invest $8 million, and will complete additional interior renovations, exterior retrofits, and kitchen renovations.
As part of CFHA’s on-going work, residential housing units in Petawawa will also see improvements in support of the Agency’s existing operational programs, such as the replacement of roofs, doors and windows, and foundation repairs, throughout the housing site.
The majority of DND’s Crown-owned housing was built between 1948 and 1960 and CFHA is well aware of the aging infrastructure. That is why the Agency has made a concentrated effort over the past five years with $457 million in infrastructure investment to improve the housing portfolio across Canada. Targeted investment opportunities, like the one afforded by the November 2014 announcement, allow CFHA to respond at an accelerated pace to the needs of the CAF and to upgrade more of its housing stock in a shorter amount of time.
Work and projects for the second phase of investment in Petawawa are already underway. CFHA will strive to minimize the disruption to occupants’ lives and apologizes for any short-term inconveniences caused by these improvement initiatives.
CFHA is committed to the improvement, modernization and repair of housing units at bases and wings. The Agency strives to ensure that families who choose to live in DND’s residential housing enjoy a good quality of life, in suitable and safe accommodations, wherever they are posted.