The Alberta government is now inviting industry to submit qualifications to deliver five new high schools through a public-private partnership (P3). A request for qualifications (RFQ) for the P3 bundle, which includes high schools in Blackfalds, Edmonton, Langdon and Leduc, is posted on the Alberta Purchasing Connection website.

Once the RFQ is closed on October 8, 2020, a short list of up to three proponents will be invited to bid on the P3 project for the design, build, finance and maintenance of the five new high schools through the request for proposal stage.

“As part of Alberta’s economic recovery, it’s more important than ever our infrastructure investments are thoughtful and strategic,” said Prasad Panda, Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure. “We have a successful track record of delivering much-needed school infrastructure using P3s. We know P3s offer value for money and we are confident this is the best method to provide these five communities with new high schools.”

A contract with the successful proponent 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.

“I am pleased to see these five high school projects continue to move forward,” said Adriana LaGrange, Alberta’s Minister of Education. “These future schools will provide modern learning environments for their students, and I am excited that we are another step closer towards getting shovels in the ground.”

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

  • Blackfalds – Grade 9-12 school
  • Edmonton – Grade 10-12 school in the southeast
  • Edmonton – Grade 10-12 Catholic school in Heritage Valley
  • Langdon – Grade 7-12 school
  • Leduc – Grade 10-12 school

For a link to the Alberta Purchase Connection website, click here.

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