Stantec tapped to design two facilities for Canada's future fighter planes

29 July 2021 2 min. read
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Stantec, an Edmonton-headquartered design and engineering consultancy, has been awarded a contract to design two operations and maintenance facilities for Canada’s forthcoming replacement for its aging CF-18 fighter jets.

The fighter jet replacement hasn’t been named yet, but the wheels are already in motion for the facilities that will allow for its daily operation, maintenance, administration, mission planning, and simulator training. The federal government has narrowed its choices to Lockheed Martin's F-35, the Boeing Super Hornet, and the Saab Gripen, with a final decision expected next year.

One facility will be located at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, and will cover more than 30,000 square-metres and host two tactical fighter squadrons. Stantec will partner with EllisDon Construction on the design of the Alberta facility.

The second location is at 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec, with a footprint of over 40,000 square-metres. The Quebec facility will host two fighter squadrons, an operational training unit, and their support facilities. Stantec will partner with EllisDon, EBC, and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes on the project.Stantec tapped to design two facilities for Canada’s future fighter planesTogether, the partners will deliver architecture, structural, mechanical, electrical, civil, sustainability and all other professional engineering services for the projects.

“Our team is excited to not only deliver a facility that can support the advancement of Canada’s military, but focuses on sustainability and efficiency. It’s truly a future focused project,” said Elisa Brandts, managing senior principal, Stantec.

Both locations will be designed and constructed to a LEED Silver standard and use energy-efficient options where possible.

“Our teams are proud to be awarded the contracts for the design of the new fighter jet facilities and are excited to work with Stantec as our Design Build partners,” said Chris Lane, Edmonton area manager, EllisDon.

Construction is slated to begin in summer 2022. The projects are expected to create 900 jobs in support of design and construction for the facilities.