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Manitoba to investigate P3 schools project

Posted on May 3, 2017

The province of Manitoba, in collaboration with the Public Schools Finance Board (PSFB), has released a competitive request for proposals (RFP) to develop a Public-Private Partnership (P3) business case and financial advisory services for constructing four new schools with a total value of over $100 million.

“The P3 model has proved to be very successful across Canada and in Saskatchewan in particular for such projects. We have studied these approaches carefully and believe a similar innovative procurement delivery model could mean cost savings and better value for Manitobans,” said Brian Pallister, premier of Manitoba.

The RFP will determine whether the project is suitable for P3 procurement by conducting the appropriate analyses and developing a business case and value-for-money, the premier said. The RFP also includes building Manitoba’s internal P3 capacity and processes, which will be important to undertaking further such procurement, he added. Once a business case has been developed, a request can be issued to potential private-sector consortiums to bid on the project to undertake the design and financial plan.

Manitoba Education and Training and the PSFB have identified four new schools (one kindergarten to Grade 5, two kindergarten to Grade 8 and one grades 9 to 12) in four individual school divisions, as priorities based on the greatest need given higher enrolment pressures in these neighbourhoods.  The projects identified in the RFP are as follows:

  • Seven Oaks – Precinct E
  • Winnipeg – Waterford Green
  • Southeast Brandon
  • Pembina Trails – Waverly West

The schools will also be built to top energy efficiency standards to save electricity use with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard. This builds upon the PSFB’s longstanding practice of constructing highly durable, energy efficient school buildings, the minister noted.

Manitoba has used the traditional procurement model (design-bid-build) to deliver infrastructure projects for government-supported and government-owned infrastructure.  Government has typically funded 100 per cent of facilities, either through capital grants or by making progress payments, and has also been responsible for virtually all of the project-related risks.

The deadline for submissions is June 15 with the contract to begin by Aug. 1.  The goal is for the four projects to break ground in the 2019 construction season, Wishart added.

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