CFB Esquimalt A/B Jetty Recapitalization Project

Rank 2021


Image Credit: Royal Canadian Navy

Industry Sector: Buildings

Project Type: Military

Project Value: $743 million

Funding Source: Public

Federal Funding: Department of National Defence: $781 million

Province: British Columbia

City / Region: Constance Cove

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.

Project Owner: Department of National Defence

Engineer: SNC-Lavalin (multiple services)

Contractor: Scansa Construction (utility corridor)

Project/Construction Manager: Pomerleau (Westpro) (demolition of existing B jetty)

Other Key Players: Wood (design authority for A jetty); Stantec (design authority for B jetty); BTY Group (cost consultant); Hanscomb (design engineer’s cost consultant for Jetty A); McElhanney (survey/geomatics services); Milestone Environmental; Golder; Aon; Hemmera

Financing Detail: 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.

2020 Rank: 61

2019 Rank: 63

2018 Rank: 91

2017 Rank: 90

2016 Rank: 95

2015 Rank: 98


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