Canadian companies EllisDon Corporation in a joint venture with NCC
Dowland Construction Ltd. will manage the construction of CHARS.
CAMBRIDGE BAY, NU, May 21, 2014 /CNW/ - As a result of an open, fair and
transparent competitive process, EllisDon Corporation, in joint venture with NCC Dowland Construction Ltd., was awarded the contract to manage the construction of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), a world-class facility exploring the cutting-edge of Arctic science
and technology issues.
In June 2013, the joint venture firm was awarded the contract to provide
Advisory Services for the CHARS' design. In keeping with the terms of
the contract, an amendment valued at $84,892,500 has been made that
will enable the company to take on the additional role of Construction
Manager, and ensure the project moves forward seamlessly into the
Construction of CHARS is set to begin in the fall of 2014. The Station
will create a world-class, welcoming environment that will respect
Aboriginal peoples' knowledge and experience in the North, and will be
operational by 2017 to coincide with Canada's 150th anniversary.
CHARS is part of the government's integrated Northern Strategy and
reinforces Canada's leadership in Arctic science, technology and
innovation. The station will be a focal point for research, will
demonstrate sovereignty over Canadian territory, will help build
partnerships across the North, and will strengthen innovation and
economic growth in the North.
On August 23, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced support for the construction and
operation of CHARS.
The architectural design plans for the Station were presented to Cambridge Bay community members
during the Kitikmeot Trade Show in February, 2014. The plans provide an
accurate depiction of what the building will look like.
As of March 3, 2014, Dr. Martin Raillard is leading the implementation of the Science and Technology program as
the Chief Scientist for CHARS.
Construction of the Station is expected to generate up to 150 jobs,
mostly locally across the North, and in more specialized sectors in
other parts of Canada.
Construction of CHARS is set to begin in the fall 2014.
"With a strong research presence in Canada's Arctic that serves Canada
and the world, we will be able to advance Canada's knowledge of the
Arctic in order to improve economic opportunities, environmental
stewardship and the quality of life of Northerners and all Canadians."
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of
the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the
Video interview - First Look at the Blueprints for the CHARS Site
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Office of the Honourable Diane Finley
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