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443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron Facility

Building the Nest in North Saanich

We were the general contractor for the owner, Defence Construction Canada. “Building the nest” was the slogan used by the team involved in the construction of this project in North Saanich. 

This three-year project, located at Victoria International Airport, is the largest single building on Vancouver Island. The finished structure is 220,000 square feet of facility, which lands and houses seven helicopters for the 443 (Maritime Helicopter) Squadron branch of the Department of National Defence. Built to post-disaster standards, the structure stands on a suspended concrete slab over a base of 1200 pilings socketed into the bedrock. The facility is self-supporting for the helicopters and staff. Amenities include large industrial repair, service, and paint shops, as well as offices for the Department of National Defence and flight crews. 

Sustainability initiatives include an in-floor radiant heating system that provides energy-efficient heat throughout the hangar. This project was completed in 2014 for a contract value of $117 million.

Testimonial

“Throughout construction the Knappett project team maintained effective communication with all stakeholders, expediting changes to minimize cost and schedule impact and working proactively to prevent on-site issues. Given the project’s high level of complexity, Knappett’s expertise and commitment to detail was invaluable. The project team overcame many challenges, were responsive in reacting to changes in design and site conditions, worked in a professional manner, and effectively coordinated the work of all sub-trades. The completed facility stands out as one of Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt’s most successful projects to date, thanks in large part to the work of Knappett Projects.”

Brian Fraser, Major Project Leader, 443 (Maritime Helicopter) Squadron Facility, Defence Construction Canada

Project Type:

Industrial, Signature Projects

Location:

9755 Willingdon Road, North Saanich, BC

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Exterior view of the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron Facility
Exterior view of the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron Facility
Interior view of the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron Facility
Interior view of the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron Facility
Exterior view of the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron Facility

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