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Civil | ELLISDON KINETIC- FLEET MAINTENANCE FACILITY CAPE BRETON SHOP CONSOLIDATION PROJECT

A Complete Overhaul

ELLISDON KINETIC OVERSEES THE END OF THE FMF CAPE BRETON SHOP PROJECT. BY JANICE HOPPE

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n its fifth and final phase of construction, Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF)
Cape Breton is beginning to resemble
the 20-year-old artist rendering from
when the project first got underway. FMF is
known as the "Corner Garage" among Royal
Canadian Navy sailors because they berth
at a jetty alongside the FMF shop facilities
when their vessels need maintenance.
Located at the Navy's Dockyard near
Victoria, British Columbia, the FMF shops
repair and overhaul the RCN's ships and
auxiliary vessels. "The engineering company that did the initial concept put a massive
jigsaw puzzle together on paper, and to
see it now largely completed in the flesh is
really quite rewarding," says Clive H. Orford,
project director for naval infrastructure requirements for the Department of National
Defence (DND).
FMF features some 38 shops that specialize in various manufacturing, overhaul and
repair capabilities and techniques, ranging
from electroplating to powder coating, fixing
sensitive electronic equipment and repairing major naval weapons systems. Over
the past two decades, FMF Cape Breton has
undergone a large consolidation project to
improve its efficiency. The DND manages the
project, which will cost about $500 million
when complete and spans over five phases.
When completed in fall 2018, FMF Cape
Breton's 38 maintenance shops will be consolidated into a single area at the dockyard,
basically putting this organization under
one roof. "It's been a long journey," Orford
notes. "We are keeping pace and the work is
progressing more or less on schedule now.
The project's financial outlay is what we had
hoped to achieve because the contractors
are keeping to schedule."

Steady As She Goes
EllisDon Kinetic (EDK) - A Joint Venture is
the construction manager on site that has
been responsible for procuring all necessary
subcontractors that will build each of the

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Maintenance Facility
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Cape Breton is expected to be
completed in fall 2018.

seven different construction work packages
in sequence and roughly over a five-year period. Defence Construction Canada (DCC) is
overseeing EDK's work as the site manager.
"This [Phase V] work contract has been
underway for about three years," DCC Major
Project Leader Brian Fraser says. "We got off
to a slow start the first year, but we have improved and are on track. We've handed over
three work packages to the DND for use, and
our next major milestone is the turnover
of the abrasive blast and paint booth work
package in May 2017."
The $20 million abrasive blast and paint
booth package includes large equipment
that the RCN will use to paint and refinish ship components, and will be housed
within a new extension to a building that
was constructed about 10 years ago under
an earlier phase of the project. Overall, the

EllisDon Kinetic-
Fleet Maintenance Facility
Cape Breton Shop
Consolidation Project
www.ellisdon.com
www.kineticconstruction.com
* Location: Canadian Forces Base
Esquima , British Columbia

"We have all e trades lined
up rough to e completion of
e job."- Mark Liudzius, lead project manager

project's journey involves adding several
new sections of industrial shop building
onto two large buildings that were built
about 25 years ago, as well as renovating
several areas within those older buildings.
"I've just finished procurement on
the last work package, which is a major
milestone," EllisDon Kinetic Lead Project
Manager Mark Liudzius says. "We have all


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