Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt A and B Jetty Recapitalization

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Image Credit: Department of National Defence

Ranking for 2017: 90

Industry Sector: Public Building

Specific Sector: Military

Range: 0 - $500,000,000

Project Value: $430,600,000

Federal: $781 million

Government Funds Involved: This infrastructure work represents phase two and three of a three-phased project. In June 2012, a contract was awarded for the construction of a utility corridor, representing Phase 1. Both Phase 2, which involves the replacement of B jetty, and Phase 3, which involves the replacement of A jetty, are in the design phase. The cost will be further refined once the design is complete. The construction contract will be tendered in mid-2015.

Funding Source: Public

Location: Constance Cove, British Columbia

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2024


The aim of the jetty project is to demolish the existing A and B jetties at CFB Esquimalt’s dockyard and construct a new steel-and-concrete-pile A and B jetty facility in the same location. Due to the degraded functional and technical condition of the existing 70-plus-year-old structures, the recapitalization of these facilities has long been an infrastructure priority for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Department of National Defence. This project will provide sufficient operational berthing space for four Halifax-class frigate, two Arctic/offshore patrol ships, one Queenston-class joint support ship, and one Victoria-class submarine. Significant portions of the dockyard’s service-support infrastructure will be recapitalized: both existing jetty cranes will be replaced, and all utility infrastructure to the site will be renewed. The project will also include rebuilding roads and sidewalks as well as the expansion and improvement of the jetty-apron area. Phase 1 of the A/B Jetty project was completed in 2014. A contract for works involving the replacement of the main substation was awarded in early 2018, and final elements of that work were continuing into 2019. The project is expected to be completed by 2024.

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