This new fleet maintenance facility provides the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) with a consolidated repair and overhaul shop at their Esquimalt’s dockyard. Located just west of Victoria, CFB Esquimalt is home to the Canadian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. The new building was built to meet a post-disaster seismic rating.
PCL’s scope of work included a heavy duty suspended slab requiring 20,000 square meters (215,278 sq. ft.) of formwork and 8,000 cubic meters (282,517 cu. ft.) of concrete. The team also performed associated site work and services, and moved existing electronic work and metal fabrication work centers to the new facility in a sequential approach. This permitted the fleet maintenance facility to remain operational during the entire construction period.
The original facility plan covered a surface area of 15,000 square meters (161,458 sq. ft.), but needed to be scaled down to meet budget constraints. The PCL team worked closely with Defence Construction Canada under a tight schedule deadline to devise a new phased approach to the project that allowed maximum building construction within the available budget.
Another key to meeting the schedule was PCL’s prompt identification and remediation of special waste, hydrocarbon, and industrial contaminated soils at the 170-year-old naval base.