Breaking New Ground—Stories from Defence Construction Breaking_new_ground - Page 82

Project: Ship Repair Units At the same time as facilities were being renovated and constructed on both the West and East coasts to accommodate the new Aurora aircraft, Ship Repair Units (SRUs) were being built to provide for the repair, maintenance and overhaul of the Navy’s ships. On the East coast, the SRU was part of the Halifax Base Devel- opment Plan, and created some of the most important activity that DCC was involved in through the early 1980s. The work began with construction of the $93 million Jetty 2 at the Halifax dockyard. Contracts were being awarded by December 1980, and continued for the next four years, slightly delayed by an electricians’ strike that lasted from May to November 1983. The SRU (Atlantic) Building and Jetty 8 were both completed in 1984. The royal touch… Halifax, 1983—Flo Jollymore When I first started working with DCL, in May 1980, the Ship Repair Unit (Atlantic) project was just getting under way… In June 1983, when the project was near completion, their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales were touring Canada and one of their scheduled events in Nova Scotia was to be the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the new facility. A special stage was erected and the plaque was put in place. For a while, panic prevailed when the wand to be used in the unveiling went missing, but a few phone calls were made, and a replacement was found in time. The DCL staff on the project were given personal invitations to attend the unveiling. Though the weather was not all that good, the ceremony went off very well. Flo Jolly more joined DCC in 1980 and was Secretary in the DCC office at CFB Halifax until her retirement in 1990. In addition, the mid- to late 1980s saw projects that included Maritime Command’s new $15 million head- quarters building (designed to suggest the prow of 72 BREAKING NEW GROUND DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION CANADA