Work begins on new Canadian Armed Forces projects in Halifax area

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The Canadian government announced the beginning of the construction for two Halifax-area infrastructure projects worth $208.6 million.

The projects are expected to generate an estimated 380 jobs.The first project is a new housing and training facility for the Junior Ranks at Canadian Forces Base Halifax. A joint contract for $64.8 million was awarded to Aecon and SLI of Halifax for this project.

The second is the construction of a new armoury in Bedford, which will be known as the Major Robert Campbell RisleyArmoury. A contract for $6.1 million was awarded last month to PCL Constructors Canada Inc of Halifax.

The new Junior Ranks facility represents the first phase of a two phase project at CFB Halifax, which will see the construction of three new buildings. Phase One will see the construction of a 21 060 m2 complex which includes quarters, dining, galley and mess hall, as well as a 1,169 m2 building which will house a retail store, a concession snack bar, a barber shop and financial services. The first phase, which represents an investment of $127 million, is set to be completed in 2016.

The second phase of the project will see the construction of a modern seamanship training facility, with an approximate area of 7 654 m2. The facility will provide the infrastructure necessary to meet current and emerging training requirements in an efficient and cohesive environment.

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