Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment Design-Build Project

Project Overview

The Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta provides facilities for the Air Force Flight Test Center. AETE is the largest facility at 4 Wing, Cold Lake. It accommodates F-18 facilities, maintenance and training areas, and office space. The project involved the demolition and reconstruction of three existing structures including associated site works, hazardous materials removal, removal of site apparatus, site restoration and reconstruction and new parking lot. The existing hangar and workshop areas were stripped down to their skeleton. The workshop was reconstructed into a new workshop facility. The existing hangar was reconstructed and equipped with the latest mechanical and electrical upgrades to meet DND code requirements. A new hangar for the Flight Test Centre was constructed complete with equipment and also, a new concrete apron. Existing office areas were demolished and reconstructed in addition to approximately 168,000 ft² of newly constructed office space and research centre. This building facilitates many different functions such as: workshops, testing centre, research and development, flight experiential division, administrative and engineering departments. A key challenge of this project was the three phasing nature of construction: moving out of administrative offices, to build the new hangar, and finally, to move user group into the new area and extend and renovate workshop. The user groups occupied the facility during the entire course of the project. It was completed on time for the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Air Force.