Following 22 months of design and construction activity, Concert Infrastructure has announced that the Saskatchewan Joint Use Schools Projects I and II have reached Service Commencement. The milestone was reached on all nine joint-use schools in the communities of Regina, Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville on June 30, 2017.
In preparation for the 2017-18 school year, the new schools were opened to the respective school divisions for move-in and training in June. The schools create space for a total of more than 11,000 students from pre-kindergarten to Grade 8, as well as space for up to 810 children in the child care centres. The design and construction of all schools followed LEED principles and the schools are expected to achieve LEED Silver Certification in the coming months.
“As the largest school construction projects in Saskatchewan’s history, Concert Infrastructure is proud to have reached this significant milestone on time and on budget with the strong performance of our design-build partners, Bird Construction and Wright Construction,” said Derron Bain, Concert’s senior vice president, in a press release. “We are commuted to the province of Saskatchewan and look forward to working with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education and school divisions for many years to come.”
Concert, the lead team member of the Joint Use Mutual Partnership (JUMP) consortium, will continue to manage the operations of the projects as part of the 30-year design-build-finance-maintain contract signed with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education in 2015. Johnson Controls Canada LP will be the day-to-day service provider. Ownership of all schools remains with the school divisions.