DCC reaches a milestone for the Borden data centre P3 project

Ryan Maher, DCC Coordinator, Construction Services on the roof of the SSC data centre. The background shows the generator yard. The roof is 8,990-m2—over 5,5NHL hockey rinks.
Ryan Maher, DCC Coordinator, Construction Services on the roof of the SSC data centre. The background shows the generator yard. The roof is 8,990-m2—over 5,5NHL hockey rinks.

DCC reached a milestone for the state-of-the-art data centre at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden after it reached the Service Commencement Date (SCD) in the fall 2017. Shared Services Canada requested the centre as part of its Government of Canada data centre consolidation plan.

The P3 (public-private partnership) project at CFB Borden is a $322-million contract to design, construct, finance and maintain the 10,000-m2 centre over the next 25 years, a contracting model that provides strong value to Canadians, says DCC Coordinator, Construction Services Ryan Maher.

“The private sector will be maintaining the facility. It’s in their best interest to design and build it in a way that will be efficient and sustainable over that period of time.” Plus, says Maher, P3 companies don’t get compensated until they reach the SCD, so there's an added incentive to deliver on time and on budget.

“This type of process is very different for DCC as we generally deliver projects using a traditional delivery model, such as design-build or construction management. With this model, proponents spend more time on how the building will be properly maintained, right from the beginning.” This is the second P3 project DCC has undertaken.

After 18 months of construction and with SCD having been achieved, the building is now ready for the IT infrastructure it was designed to house.


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