The schools will be built using a design-build-finance-maintain P3 model. The Province is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for two bundles of schools:
The government worked in partnership with the five involved school divisions to gather input and the details needed to reach this decision.
Gordon Wyant, Minister responsible for SaskBuilds, stated:
Financial analysis, conducted by external experts, demonstrated that a P3 model will deliver the best value for Saskatchewan taxpayers. Our industry consultations indicate there is local and national interest in the projects and this competition will help drive innovation and savings.We look forward to receiving submissions from highly qualified teams able to drive design innovation and efficiencies that build upon the input of students, teachers, parents and other community members gathered through the collaborative design process.
Following the close of the RFQ on 11 September 2014 and evaluation of the submissions, a shortlist of no more than three proponents will be invited to proceed to the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage currently planned for release in fall 2014.
The schools will be fully owned and operated by the public sector. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2015 and be complete before the start of school in September 2017.