Alberta Schools P3 Project Wins Major National Infrastructure Award

Exterior rendering of Blackfields High School built as a P3 project. Photo courtesy Government of Alberta

Gold at the 2022 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships to Adopt and Refine “Made-in-Canada” P3 Model, $300.3 Million Public-Private Partnership (P3) to Build Alberta High Schools Received award. Build, deliver, operate and maintain innovative and transformative infrastructure

The awards were hosted by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnership (CCPPP) on November 21, 2022. Concert Infrastructure and its partners won an award titled “Project Development – Gold Award” for ‘P3 School Bundle #2’ at the CCPPP Annual. Conference in Toronto. Other project partners include Alberta Infrastructure, Bird Capital, Bird Construction, Wright Construction and Ainsworth.

Once completed in 2024, the schools will serve approximately 7,000 students in the municipalities of Blackfields, Edmonton, Leduc and Langdon. Additionally, it is estimated that the use of Design-Build-Finance-Maintain P3 will result in savings of $114.5 million over the 30-year life cycle of the project compared to the traditional Design-Bid-Build approach.

“The projects being honored this year are providing vital broadband service to our communities, from building state-of-the-art high schools and hospitals to providing critical broadband service to rural and remote citizens,” says Lisa Mitchell, CCPPP President and CEO. “These projects demonstrate the continued growth and flexibility of the P3 model in providing best-in-class infrastructure for Canadians that is innovative and cost-effective.”

“On behalf of our partners, we are very proud to accept this award, which not only validates the P3 model in providing what schools critically need, but also speaks volumes about the level of innovation and value for money What a partnership like this brings to Alberta, as it builds on previous projects here and across Canada,” said Deron Bain, managing director of Concert Infrastructure. “This is the second award in as many months for this project, Which reinforces our belief that this approach is a successful template for meeting the demands of growing communities.”