The Alberta government has shortlisted three qualified groups to deliver five new high schools through a public-private partnership (P3).

The groups invited to participate in the request for proposals (RFP) are: Alberta Partnership for Learning, Concert-Bird Partners and Plenary-Maple High Schools.

“We have talented, experienced teams right here in Alberta who can help build the schools Albertans need,” said Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure. “I am confident that this process will provide savings for Alberta taxpayers while ensuring our students have world-class schools to learn and grow in. Next fall, we will have a successful P3 contract in place with shovels in the ground for these five much-needed high schools.”

The five new high schools included in the P3 bundle are:

  • Blackfalds – Grade 9-12 school, Wolf Creek Public Schools
  • Edmonton – Grade 10-12 school in the southeast, Edmonton Public Schools
  • Edmonton – Grade 10-12 school in Heritage Valley, Edmonton Catholic Schools
  • Langdon – Grade 7-12 school, Rocky View Schools
  • Leduc – Grade 10-12 school, Black Gold School Division

These five new high schools are part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

“I’m delighted we’ve reached another significant milestone in getting these five high school projects built,” said Adriana LaGrange, Alberta’s Minister of Education. “Building new schools for our students is one of the most important investments we can make for the future of this great province.”

The RFP process will be completed in July 2021. Proposals will be examined for each consortium’s capacity to complete the project and to ensure its bid provides Alberta taxpayers with good value for dollars spent.

A contract with the successful P3 consortium is expected to be in place by the end of September 2021. The five new high schools are anticipated to open in September 2024 with a total student capacity of about 6,938 students.

The shortlisted consortiums and organization information follows:

Consortium Project lead team Design team Construction team Maintenance & renewal team Financing team
Alberta Partnership for Learning (AP4L) Graham Capital Partners LP GEC Architecture Graham Design Builders LP Johnson Controls Canada LP Graham Capital Partners LP
  Gibbs Gage Architects      
Concert-Bird Partners Concert Infrastructure Ltd. BR2 Architecture Bird Construction Ainsworth Inc. Concert Infrastructure Ltd.
Bird Capital Limited Partnership   Wright Construction Western Inc.   Bird Capital Limited Partnership
Plenary-Maple High Schools Plenary Americas LP Stantec Architecture Ltd. Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. Honeywell Canada Limited Plenary Americas LP

 

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