New construction breaks ground at the Operational Support Hub – South West Asia

Group of military members outside, some with shovels. Buildings and tents in background.
Brigadier-General Andrew Jayne, Commander Joint Task Force Iraq, presided at the new accommodation building ground breaking ceremony, along with CWO Robert McCann, Task Force Sergeant-Major Joint Task Force Iraq, Lieutenant-Colonel René Poirier, Operational Support Hub (OSH) South West Asia Commanding Officer, the Camp Sergeant-Major, the Construction Engineer section heads and two Defense Construction Canada Representatives, Camp Canada, Kuwait, March 2, 2018. Photo: DND/CAF


By: Engineering Plans Officer, Operation IMPACT

The ground-breaking ceremony took place to mark the first official day of construction of the new hard-walled accommodation building on the East side of Camp Canada. Brigadier-General Andrew Jayne, Commander Joint Task Force – Iraq, and his command team got together to turn the first shovel on the building site on March 2, 2018.

The current accommodation, a relocatable temporary camp, has reached the end of its life cycle. Further, Canada has committed to build enduring support for the Operational Support Hub of South West Asia. Consequently, a requirement was identified to build a hard-walled accommodation facility to replace all tent structures.

‘’The East Side Hard-Walled Accommodation Building is the first significant infrastructure upgrade since the opening of the Operational Support Hub South West Asia in 2011. It will greatly improve the quality of life for the camp occupants,’’ said Lieutenant-Colonel René Poirier, Commanding Officer of the Operational Support Hub of South West Asia.

What used to be the Camp Canada parking lot will now become the new East Side Hard-Walled Accommodation Building, offering a total of 111 rooms, six washrooms and two laundry facilities. The new building will be home to all deployed personnel currently living in tents on the East side of Camp Canada. Once fully completed, the facility will also offer a private courtyard where its occupants will be able to sit down and relax in a peaceful environment.

‘’We are thrilled to see this project break ground and witness the execution of the contract. A lot of work was put into the planning phase by the engineers since the initiation of the project last year,’’ said the Construction Engineer section head.

The project was awarded to the Kuwait-based government contractor, Regional Projects Group for $1.64 million USD and is estimated to be completed by the end of July 2018. The construction method will allow multiple construction trades to work simultaneously on site, reducing the overall timeline of the project. Each structure section will be pre-assembled at the contractor’s staging area where all structural components will be numbered. The structure will then be disassembled for shipment to Camp Canada. Once one section is fully assembled on site, the next one will be assembled and so on, allowing the other trade disciplines to start working on other building components such as electrical, plumbing, HVAC etc. in previously completed sections.

The East Side Hard-Walled Accommodation building is the first initiative to replace tents. The following years should see more projects kicking off to improve the current camp infrastructure.

The Operational Support Hub has supported the Canadian Armed Forces withdrawal from Afghanistan and continues now to support Operation IMPACT and others missions in the region.

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