Hangar 6 opens at 8 Wing Trenton (photo gallery)
A newly-built hangar will make daily work and training easier for Canadian Armed Forces personnel at 8 Wing Trenton.
Hangar 6 officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony for military members, project staff and media Wednesday afternoon.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs Karen McCrimmon and President of Defence Construction Canada James Paul joined local dignitaries including Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison, Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher and Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis on behalf of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
The innovative green building design meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.
McCrimmon said investments in high-tech infrastructure like Hangar 6 are the future for Canada.
“The modernity, the technology in this particular building to make it a LEED standard – It’s huge.”
“It’s going to improve productivity and improve efficiency. It’s actually an improvement on our environmental footprint locally. It has created jobs and opportunity – It’s magnificent,” she said.
Ellis added that the project was a long time coming, adding that the federal government is committed to investing in 8 Wing Trenton.
“It’s about building modern buildings for the men and women that serve. It’s not only about human resources and capital resources, but giving them safe places to work, places that are efficient and places that they can actually be productive in,” he said.
The $92 million project was completed in December 2016, featuring two maintenance bays, supply parts, storage areas and workshops totalling 21,860 m2 of gross area, equal to the size of three Canadian Football League fields. It’s part of a larger $860 million renovation on-base announced in 2007 to accommodate new aircrafts bought through the Strategic and Tactical Airlift Capability Project.
“This sets an example and I think it’ll inspire people to say, ‘We can do this, absolutely,’” McCrimmon said.
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