National Defence Minister Peter MacKay announces $42.5 million in infrastructure projects for 9 Wing Gander this morning. Photo by Andrew Robinson/Transcontinental Media
National Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced two infrastructure projects today for 9 Wing Gander at a cost of $42.5 million.
The projects include construction of a facility to house 91 Construction Engineering Flight (91 CEF), as well as the construction of two multi-purpose facilities to consolidate 9 Wing support units.
MacKay said the projects are expected bring significant economic benefits to the Gander area, including more than 225 direct employment opportunities over the course of the work.
"Our government's Canada First Defence Strategy drives a significant infrastructure plan that delivers results for the Canadian Forces," MacKay said. "These investments in infrastructure also generate economic benefits in communities across Canada and today's announcement brings good news to the Gander region."
The construction of a new 1,358 m2 purpose-built facility will replace the building that currently houses 91 CEF (a reserve heavy construction engineering unit). The aging building is no longer large enough to accommodate the growing reserve unit. Construction is expected to start in spring 2010.
The two multi-purpose facilities will be built on property leased from the Gander International Airport Authority. This project will update infrastructure and consolidate 9 Wing support units into two buildings, improving the overall effectiveness of Wing support operations. This is a two-phased project, with construction of Phase 1 expected in spring 2011, and Phase 2 in 2015.
DND holds a large number of properties across the country to support the Canadian Forces, including some 21,000 buildings; 2.25 million hectares of land; 5,500 km of roads; and 3,000 km of water, storm and sewer pipes.