The new mega-engineering support facility at CFB Gagetown is well on its way to helping the Department of National Defence reach its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets. DND has committed to reducing emissions in its buildings and commercial vehicle fleet by 40% by 2030, a pledge that is taking shape at Gagetown's 4 Engineering Support Regiment (4ESR).

The new $73-million, 20,640-m2 building consolidates four regimental sub-units into a single purpose-built facility that includes a maintenance area for vehicles and equipment with a 25-ton overhead crane, vehicle storage barn, various support shops, offices, classrooms, meetings rooms, storage areas and parking.

Top 10 environmental features

  1. Designed and certified LEED v4 "Silver" upon completion
  2. High efficiency lighting exceeds minimal requirements set by the 2015 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) in Canada
  3. High-end HVAC systems including 90% heat recovery on ventilation, and high efficiency ground source heat pump system, 35% better than NECB standards
  4. Pollution prevention of nearby brooks and waterways through erosion and sedimentation control
  5. 75% of construction waste to be recycled or salvaged
During construction, the sedimentation pond and tank remove the sediment from the site water runoff.
During construction, the sedimentation pond and tank remove the sediment from the site water runoff.
  1. 8–11 electric vehicle charging stations
  2. Low flow water fixtures
  3. Outdoor water use reduction
  4. LED lighting with centralized controls
  5. Building design allows for future solar panels

"With the Government of Canada and DND's commitment to the environment, it is important that DCC, DND and Canadian Armed Forces projects align with these goals in order to provide a cleaner, more prosperous future," says Jamie Parker, DCC Coordinator, Construction Services at CFB Gagetown.

Overall, the new 4ESR facility, home to "first in, last out" military engineers who support domestic and expeditionary operations such as the Disaster Assistance Response Team, will cost less to maintain, and save in energy and operational costs.

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