Distinctive stone frigate showcases DCC’s collaborative approach

Exterior view of the HMCS Carleton building that replaces the facilities that were built during the Second World War. The structure resembles a ship with its curved profile and porthole windows and provides a modern training facility.
Exterior view of the HMCS Carleton building that replaces the facilities that were built during the Second World War. The structure resembles a ship with its curved profile and porthole windows and provides a modern training facility.

From its position at the head of Dow’s Lake in Ottawa, the new stone frigate HMCS Carleton catches the eye with its distinctive ship-shaped design. It is also a showcase for DCC’s collaborative approach and expertise.

Good communications and a team effort were essential to the success of the project, says Graham Yantha, Coordinator, Construction Services, who led the DCC effort.

Work began in the summer of 2013 to demolish structures dating from the Second World War and to build the $13.3-million naval reserve training centre.

“We worked very closely with the contractor, and the end user [the HMCS Carleton Unit] was very helpful throughout,” Yantha says. This was beneficial when there were challenges to overcome, such as prominent bedrock, intricate design elements and layout changes. The two-storey, 6,000-m2 facility contains classrooms, offices, a gymnasium, a drill hall and a galley.

Another resource was Andy Zieroth, DCC Coordinator, Construction Services from London, Ontario who was working on building a similar structure in Windsor—the HMCS Hunter. Since the work there was slightly ahead of Ottawa’s, Zieroth was able to share his experiences with Yantha and his colleague Radoslaw Krochmalski, plus advise on approaches to avoid.

The new HMCS Carleton officially opened in late November 2015, after the laying of the ceremonial keel in March 2015.


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