Centre of Excellence moving into new Kingston facility

In July this year, the Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC) will move into a new facility befitting its role as a Centre of Excellence for training and leadership.

The PSTC Unit has grown rapidly since its creation in 1996, and with nearly 60 personnel on staff and over 1,000 students each year, the program had outgrown its former home at CFB Kingston.

As a result, a design for a new building was completed in 2013–14 focusing on classrooms and outdoor training spaces that will help prepare civilians and army personnel for peace support operations around the world.

“The Unit has been quite involved—they are definitely excited to be moving in,” said Paula Simpson, Coordinator, Construction Services for DCC in Kingston.

Construction of this building used a new approach for CFB Kingston. The DCC team used a modified design-build (MDB) contract for the project’s delivery. Operating like a regular MDB, this contract included multiple ‘off-ramps’ that allow the project to be completed using a more conventional approach if the parties couldn't agree on a fair value on the next stage.

“I enjoyed this process. I find that I am able to focus on quality assurance because I have more time on site for review,” said Simpson, adding that they were able to stay with the same contractor throughout the entire process.

The facility will be LEED Silver certified, including features such as a storm-water retention pond (new to CFB Kingston), electric vehicle parking and the mandated use of certain environmentally-conscious products.

Construction will reach substantial completion in spring 2017, with the move-in date scheduled for the summer.


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