Breaking New Ground—Stories from Defence Construction Breaking_new_ground - Page 142

Project: Rebuilding 8 Wing/CFB Trenton’s flight line It would be difficult to overstate the significance of the construction taking place at CFB Trenton as 2011 begins. In one project alone, DCC is managing the largest single-building hangar construction project ever undertaken by the CF and one of the largest single projects DCC has ever awarded. The $84.7-million Maintenance Hangar 1 will be 10 storeys high, include 3,000 tonnes of steel and be able to accommodate three CC-177 Globemaster IIIs, an aircraft considered essential to Canada’s strategic airlift capability. 132 But it is far from the only project underway: a current $334-million construction boom at CFB Trenton is part of more than $860 million in infrastructure upgrades announced since 2007. It includes a new Air Mobility Training Centre, Material Distribution Centre, training accommodations building, electrical and mechanical engineering and transportation garage, aircraft refurbishing facility for the Aerospace and Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron Refinishing Facility, and hangar for the J-model C-130 Hercules aircraft. This activity reflects 8 Wing/CFB Trenton’s role as one of the largest and busiest Air Force bases in Canada. As a hub for air transport operations, it’s involved in virtually every CF operation, including resupplying CFS Alert, the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited location, and providing search and rescue coverage over a 1-million-square-kilometre area of central Canada. BREAKING NEW GROUND DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION CANADA