Infrastructure support delivered for key vehicle maintenance and training site

Completion of the Vehicle Maintenance Facility at Wainwright, AB, will provide a 22,000-m2 customized, purpose-built, top-quality support centre.
Completion of the Vehicle Maintenance Facility at Wainwright, AB, will provide a 22,000-m2 customized, purpose-built, top-quality support centre.

The large training exercises at CFB Wainwright mean big demands on the vehicle infrastructure that supports them. To continue meeting those demands, a large renovation and expansion was made a top priority and is now nearing completion.

Over the last five years, the Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) at Wainwright, AB, has gone from a 10,000-m2 multi-use storage building to a 22,000-m2 customized, top-quality support centre.

“The capacity of the building was based on supplying and maintaining vehicles for the exercises that happen here,” said Stuart McCracken, DCC Team Leader, Construction Services, noting that up to 7,500 soldiers can participate in training on site over the summer months. “It’s precisely built for their use – based on the needs that they identified.”

Where the building previously had small and multi-use spaces, the new VMF has areas created specifically for different maintenance needs, ranging from textiles to optical services and even including space for a Leopard Tank.

“With such a long project planning timeline, one of the challenges is that the user’s needs change,” said McCracken, referring to adaptations since the initial requirements were identified in 2006.

Over the last few years, the work moved forward well, with Phase 1 reaching completion in June 2015 and Phase 2 on schedule for end of May 2016.


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