CFB Valcartier ready to accommodate Syrian refugees in record time

In just seven weeks, DCC oversaw the completion of 30 new buildings to house Syrian refugees at the Valcartier Garrison. The buildings will also be used to for year-round housing for cadets, reservists and other units needing temporary accommodations.
In just seven weeks, DCC oversaw the completion of 30 new buildings to house Syrian refugees at the Valcartier Garrison. The buildings will also be used to for year-round housing for cadets, reservists and other units needing temporary accommodations.

In the fall of 2015, the Government of Canada announced the arrival of 25,000 Syrian refugees in the coming months. At the end of November, the Department of National Defence asked DCC to begin construction of 30 new buildings to house refugees as needed at the Valcartier Garrison. While the accommodations were being constructed for the Syrian refugees, they can also be used for year-round housing for cadets, reservists and other units needing temporary housing at Valcartier.

In less than two weeks, the contract documents were drafted and issued, and the tender period was opened and completed. Escaléra Entrepreneur Général, a Québec City-based company, was awarded the contract. Their job? Deliver 30 buildings to house the dormitories by January 22, 2016, at the latest. The contractor had just seven weeks, including the holidays, to complete everything.

Though everyone expected them to use pre-fabricated buildings to meet the deadline, Escaléra decided to build everything on site instead. Using a temporary shelter installed on the Valcartier site, where contractors could construct the buildings in the warmth and shelter from bad weather, the structures were delivered on time and were ready to welcome Syrian refugees as needed.

"It was really impressive to watch them build. I admit that I was skeptical at first about the contractor building everything on site, but for every obstacle or potential delay I brought to their attention, they rolled up their sleeves to deliver on time. I am very proud of this project, because it is a perfect example of collaborative teamwork," said Véronique Jean, DCC Team Leader, Programs at the Valcartier Garrison.


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