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Largest Schools Build Ever One Step Closer to Construction

Released on June 15, 2015

Joint Use Mutual Partnership (JUMP) has been selected as the P3 team that will deliver new elementary schools to Saskatoon and area by September 2017.  Six new joint-use schools will be located in Saskatoon in the Evergreen, Hampton Village, Rosewood and Stonebridge neighbourhoods, as well as the communities of Martensville and Warman.  Together with  three new joint-use schools coming to Regina, this represents the largest new schools project in Saskatchewan’s history and will create more than 1,600 jobs in the Saskatoon area.

“Today is an exciting day for education in Saskatchewan as we now move one step closer to starting construction and providing students, early learners and teachers with safe, comfortable and state-of-the-art schools and childcare centres,” Education Minister Don Morgan said.  
“Students, teachers, parents, school divisions, communities and the Whitecap Dakota First Nation have been great partners and will continue to play an important role in helping students at these new schools achieve success.”

The schools will accommodate almost 8,000 students in the Saskatoon region from Prekindergarten to Grade 8 at full design capacity.  Each joint-use school will also contain a 90-space child care centre as well as community space.  Joint-use schools are co-located so that they share a roof and spaces such as gymnasiums, multipurpose rooms, community resource centres, and child care spaces.

“Building nine new joint-use schools by the fall of 2017 is a major undertaking that could not have been achieved through a conventional approach,” SaskBuilds Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “Getting these schools built on schedule and cost effectively in some of the fastest-growing communities is a priority for our government and the P3 model will achieve this on-time and on-budget.”

“Access to education is fundamental to our strong and successful community,” Saskatoon Mayor Donald Atchison said.  “The four joint-use schools in Saskatoon will change the lives of thousands of families by combining learning centres with much needed community centres plus 360 day care spaces right in their neighbourhoods.  Our partnership with the government of Saskatchewan is helping to ensure a successful future for our children.”

JUMP was selected to deliver the schools after successfully completing a two-staged transparent procurement process that consists of a Request for Qualifications and a Request for Proposals.

JUMP includes the following partners as one integrated team:
  • Concert Infrastructure Ltd.
  • Bird Capital Limited Partnerships/Bird Design‐Build Construction Inc.
  • Wright Construction Western Inc.
  • Kindrachuck Agrey Architecture
  • Johnson Controls Canada LP
  • GEC Architecture 
Contract negotiations will now begin with the intent to finalize terms by late-summer 2015.  The contract’s financial details will be disclosed once contract negotiations and signing are complete at financial close.  Releasing this information sooner could harm the province’s negotiating position.  The value for money report will be based on the final agreement and released at the earliest opportunity following financial close.

SaskBuilds and its external financial advisors determined there was value for money delivering the project using a P3 model.  There is value for money when the cost of delivering a project using a P3 model is less than the cost of delivering the same project using a traditional approach.  The value for money calculation includes P3-related costs, such as private financing.

The province will enter into an Early Works Agreement with JUMP in advance of contract finalization.  Early works may include activities such as design work, site mobilization and utility connections.

Construction on the publicly-owned and operated schools is expected to begin in summer 2015 and be ready for students in September 2017.

SaskBuilds led an open, transparent, and fair procurement process that was monitored by an external Fairness Advisor.  For copies of the Fairness Advisor’s reports and more information on SaskBuilds, visit www.saskbuilds.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Sarah Harrison 
SaskBuilds
Regina 
Phone: 306-798-1213
Email: sarah.harrison@gov.sk.ca

Kelly Johnston
Ministry of Education
Regina
Phone: 306-787-1069
Email: kelly.johnston@gov.sk.ca

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