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Canada Awards $31 Mn Logistics Contract (July 15)

     WINNIPEG --- The Honorable Dr. Rey Pagtakhan, senior federal minister for Manitoba, on behalf of the Honorable John McCallum, Minister of National Defence, announced today the award of a $31.6 million contract to construct a new logistics complex for 17 Wing at CFB Winnipeg, near Winnipeg International Airport. The contract was awarded to the consolidated bid from Westeinde Construction Ltd. and Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects, of Ottawa, and Caspian Construction Inc., of Winnipeg, following a competitive bidding process.
    
     The upcoming relocation of the Second Battalion, The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) from CFB Winnipeg to CFB Shilo has afforded the opportunity to consolidate resources on the north side of the base and to designate the south side for disposal by Canada Lands Company.
    
     Consolidating the Wing in newer, modern facilities will increase operational efficiency and will also serve to alleviate overcrowding in some existing facilities.
    
     The consolidation of 17 Wing on the north side of the base represents an exciting opportunity for economic growth and urban renewal, said Minister Pagtakhan. This project will greatly enhance the work life of CF members at the Wing.
    
     This project is part of an ongoing Canadian Forces strategy of re-allocating resources in a more efficient and cost-effective way, said General Ray Henault, Chief of the Defence Staff. By consolidating 17 Wing into a smaller area we will be able to better support current operations at the base.
    
     This is wonderful news for 17 Wing and, indeed, the city of Winnipeg, said John Harvard, Member of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia. The construction of a new logistics complex will maintain 17 Wing's position as a composite formation that is second-to-none.
    
     The 16,420-square-metre logistics facility will allow for the consolidation of a number of currently separated support organizations. The complex will house the Wing Electrical-Mechanical Engineers (WEME), transport, supply and support elements.
    
     Construction is expected to start later this summer and will be completed in December 2004. Funding for this initiative is built into the existing fiscal framework.
    
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     Contract Awarded For Logistics Facilities At Air Force Base In Winnipeg