FIIP targets spark collaboration and creativity on Bagotville housing and community projects

The housing crunch at CFB Bagotville received some much-needed relief this winter in the form of 16 new permanent married quarters.

The base has long had a shortage of homes," explains DCC Bagotville Site Manager Richard Thibault. And, with the creation of 2 Wing, the RCAF’s new rapid-response unit, in 2014, the demand has only grown since then.

Construction of the new housing was carried out under the Federal Infrastructure Investments Program (FIIP). The tight expenditure targets in the program’s first year brought DCC and DND together as a close-knit team to get the units completed by March 31, 2016, Thibault recalls.

Among the time-saving approaches the team took were to adapt existing drawings rather than create new ones, hire contractors already on standing offers, and schedule some tasks concurrently rather than consecutively to meet the tight timeline.

These creative solutions were a result of the two groups coming together to ensure the project got done on time, Thibault says. In addition to the delivery of 16 new residential housing units, the team also completed the relocation and improvement of a playground, a community greenhouse, and expansion of the existing main utility services.

“Collaboration and creativity go together,” Thibault says, noting that this approach will serve the team well in the future—on FIIP and other projects—even when there isn’t a rush. "This [FIIP] program was a must-win for DND and DCC—and we succeeded together."

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