Greening of defence infrastructure on track in Gagetown

Underground stormwater management system controls the stormwater runoff from the site. The completed capacity will store over 3 million litres of stormwater.
Underground stormwater management system controls the stormwater runoff from the site. The completed capacity will store over 3 million litres of stormwater.

The new mega-engineering support facility at CFB Gagetown is well on its way to helping the Department of National Defence reach its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets. DND has committed to reducing emissions in its buildings and commercial vehicle fleet by 40% by 2030, a pledge that is taking shape at Gagetown's 4 Engineering Support Regiment (4ESR).

The new $73-million, 20,640-m2 building consolidates four regimental sub-units into a single purpose-built facility that includes a maintenance area for vehicles and equipment with a 25-ton overhead crane, vehicle storage barn, various support shops, offices, classrooms, meetings rooms, storage areas and parking.

Top 10 environmental features

  1. Designed and certified LEED v4 "Silver" upon completion
  2. High efficiency lighting exceeds minimal requirements set by the 2015 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) in Canada
  3. High-end HVAC systems including 90% heat recovery on ventilation, and high efficiency ground source heat pump system, 35% better than NECB standards
  4. Pollution prevention of nearby brooks and waterways through erosion and sedimentation control
  5. 75% of construction waste to be recycled or salvaged
  6. During construction, the sedimentation pond and tank remove the sediment from the site water runoff.
    During construction, the sedimentation pond and tank remove the sediment from the site water runoff.
  7. 8–11 electric vehicle charging stations
  8. Low flow water fixtures
  9. Outdoor water use reduction
  10. LED lighting with centralized controls
  11. Building design allows for future solar panels

"With the Government of Canada and DND's commitment to the environment, it is important that DCC, DND and Canadian Armed Forces projects align with these goals in order to provide a cleaner, more prosperous future," says Jamie Parker, DCC Coordinator, Construction Services at CFB Gagetown.

Overall, the new 4ESR facility, home to "first in, last out" military engineers who support domestic and expeditionary operations such as the Disaster Assistance Response Team, will cost less to maintain, and save in energy and operational costs.


In our past issues

Future fighter capability project set to begin

While Canada awaits word on a new fighter jet to replace the venerable CF‑18, DCC staff are hard at work planning the infrastructure that will house these next-generation fighter aircraft.

Big build for big team at Gagetown

Gagetown's 4 Engineering Support Regiment (4ESR) is a big group, with a big challenge. Their 450‑person unit has been operating out of a disconnected group of aging buildings that simply can't meet their needs any longer.