New vehicles, new facility, innovative project model

The right vehicle needs the right facility for storage and maintenance – and at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton, the DCC team is delivering just that for the Army’s newest fleet additions.

A new 11,000-m2 building that will house the new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) and Armoured Engineer Vehicles (AEV) is now one year into construction. Part of the family of land combat vehicles, the TAPV is a wheeled combat vehicle that can fulfill a variety of roles on the battlefield, such as reconnaissance and surveillance, security, command and control, cargo and armoured transport of personnel and equipment. The AEV has the ability to operate under fire and will ensures troops have a clear, safe path to navigate by clearing mines, debris and other obstacles, filling in craters and providing limited road maintenance and construction.

The construction project is part of a national program to accommodate the new vehicles, with similar construction happening at Gagetown, Petawawa and Valcartier.

“These are new vehicles for the base and they needed a facility to store and maintain them,” said Darren Deveau, Coordinator, Construction Services at CFB Edmonton. A design was created which sees an administration/classroom space set in between a maintenance facility and a storage area for TAPVs and AEVs.

The delivery model that DCC applied for this particular construction project uses an innovative approach. The modified design-build (MDB) delivery method sees DCC competitively select a design-build firm to develop a design collaboratively with our Client-Partner. This is followed with negotiation of the build price within a competitive environment prior to the construction phase.

It’s worked well so far, says Deveau, who highlights that this project delivery method has some added benefits for large-scale projects. For example, there is greater control over the level of quality, plus the actual contract administration is more efficient.

The $36-million project is on track for final completion in May 2018.


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