Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Recognized For Best Practices In Comprehensive Planning

November 17, 2011

Navy Base Honored by Real Property Institute of Canada

BURNABY, B.C.—November 17, 2011—VFA Canada Corporation, the leading Canadian provider of solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that a client, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt, has been named a winner of the Real Property Institute of Canada’s (RPIC) Real Property Awards, which honor innovation, achievement, quality and leadership in the real property community. CFB Esquimalt implemented VFA Canada’s Capital Planning Management Solution (CPMS) which enabled them to address the challenges posed by building age and condition, seismic concerns, operational requirements, and heritage building preservation.

CFB Esquimalt contributes operational capability and provides services, support, and staff to Maritime and Canadian Forces operations on the west coast of Canada. Located in British Columbia, CFB Esquimalt comprises more than 26 sites with over 850 buildings. In 2009, CFB Esquimalt began working with VFA Canada to complete a five-year rolling assessment on all of the buildings in its portfolio, and implemented VFA.facility®, a centralized database and decision support tool for managing and analyzing facility information. The VFA solution, which conformed to the Chief of Maritime Staff’s directive to implement a facilities management system at all Navy bases, enabled the facilities team to forecast budget requirements using various scenarios for funding levels and facility condition, and to demonstrate the impact of reduced/increased inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation (IM&R) budgets.

“The current economic and budget climate has put increased pressure on accurate budgeting and mission-critical prioritization,” said Susan Anson, General Manager of VFA Canada Corporation. “We’re pleased that the facilities team at CFB Esquimalt has been recognized for its leadership in facilities capital planning and management, leveraging objective data and intelligent decision support to change the way the Navy approaches planning and budgeting.”

The 2011 Real Property Award for Best Practices in Comprehensive Planning was  presented to Jon Burbee, Manager of Real Estate Services, CFB Esquimalt at the 24th Annual Real Property National Workshop at the Ottawa Convention Centre on November 16, 2011.  Previously, VFA’s client, Ontario University Systems, won the 2010 Real Property Award for Best Practices in Service Excellence.

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