Pleasantville Canadian Forces station at halfway point

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The new $120-million Canadian Forces station in St. John's is halfway built and on track to be ready by the end of next year.

Lt.-Col. Cynthia MacEachern, head of the Canadian navy's capital construction program, told a lunchtime meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association that "lots of great progress" is being made at the construction site by Quidi Vidi Lake in Pleasantville.

"The site team's doing amazing work in all aspects, and we're really hoping to see the doors open to this facility by the end of next year," she said during her keynote speech at the association's annual conference at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's Friday. "So not next Christmas but the Christmas after that, we would have what we call 'beneficial occupancy.'"

After the work is finished by contractors Bird Construction and the Forces' defence construction team, there will be a formal handover procedure, she said.

"We're going to need training for our folks on all the equipment control systems, how it operates, and then we're going to move our people in, and we're going to settle in, and we're going to work out the bugs, because of course no new building, no facility, anything like this of this size and scope and scale is going to be perfect immediately. We're going to probably take a year or two years to work out the operating bugs and just to make it home."

The Department of National Defence is now making plans for long-term operations and maintenance of the facility, said MacEachern.

"There's going to have to be maintenance contracts, there's going to have to be local work," she said.

"There's not a big military engineer presence. There's going to have to be some method that makes sense and is good for everybody to maintain this building into the future."

The department is in "early discussions" about how everything will work, she added.

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Organizations: Canadian Forces, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association, Sheraton Hotel Department of National Defence

Geographic location: St. John's, Quidi Vidi Lake, Pleasantville

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  • Keith
    May 22, 2013 - 13:46

    The Federal Government appears to favor the east coast to the west. While they close bases here in BC, they open more on the east. We have no army left in BC save for the radio station at Aldergrove, a air base at Comox with no combat aircraft and a navy base in Victoria with a few frigates. Oh, I guess we don't need much navy support here on the west coast because we can always rely on the American fleet and subs stationed just down the Puget Sound. The last two army bases we did have were closed and all the personnel were moved to Alberta. Just try to get them into BC in the winter time for a major disaster when the roads are closed over the Rocky's, it could be a serious problem.

  • mike
    March 06, 2012 - 07:52

    I drive by this site every day, which is not even a quarter done let alone half done.Someone must have to tell the media words of encouragement because as anyone can see this job is well behind.

  • Tony Young
    March 03, 2012 - 10:59

    Another form of tax dollars wasted by the DND. A massive building built with no idea what it is for. Lets make more work projects for the only area of NL with a decent unemployment rate. Screw the rest of the province.

    • Cameron
      March 04, 2012 - 09:35

      The Pleasantville project was designed to save taxdollars by consolidating dozens of aging buildings into one, easy to maintain facility. It not only houses many military units within the province, but it also ensures that those units will remain there - which is good for both the people and the economy of Newfoundland. Lastly, the building will serve as a post disaster facility - on top of allowing the military units in Newfoundland to perform their respective duties as well. As seen with Hurricane Igor, Pleasantville became the headquarters of a provincial disaster response team. The new building will be able to house such efforts with greater ease in the future.