New Blackfalds high school to move ahead through P3 partnership

A new high school for Blackfalds is one of five new high schools across the province moving ahead through a public-private partnership (P3).

Government officials anticipate the P3 partnerships to save Alberta taxpayers $114.5 million, support 1,678 jobs and provide about 7,000 new student spaces as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

Following what was described as a comprehensive, competitive procurement process, the Alberta government has awarded the P3 contract to Concert-Bird Partners. Concert-Bird Partners will design, build and finance the five […]

Red Deer city council approves $1.5M for servicing addictions treatment site

The City of Red Deer is partnering with the province to try to expedite the construction of the local addictions treatment centre.

City councillors on Monday gave unanimous approval to a number of measures that will see the 10-acre site chosen in the Chiles Industrial Park gain water servicing quicker than it was slated to.

“We didn’t want to lose time because of servicing. We wanted to get (pipes) into the ground,” so construction of the centre could begin before next […]

Cutting red tape: City of Red Deer eases policies to spur more development

The City of Red Deer is cutting red tape and adjusting policies to reduce development costs and spur more growth.

Local developers who are doing building upgrades or new construction will face less land servicing costs and gain some flexibility.

Changes were made to city policies, stemming from administration’s Leading Forward report.

Under the revised municipal policies, developers will no longer have to hire the City of Red Deer to perform all service installations and repairs. They will be able to decide […]

Federal funding announced for several Red Deer infrastructure projects

The federal and provincial governments have announced funding for 61 infrastructure projects across Alberta, including several in the Red Deer area.

Ottawa is investing more than $73 million in these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. Contributions by recipients toward their respective projects are more than $18 million. In total, this represents a combined infrastructure investment of more than $91 million.

“Alberta’s communities told us they needed help to build needed infrastructure and create […]

Red Deer city council discusses $219 M in capital projects for 2021

Red Deer’s proposed 2021 capital budget has nearly doubled, in these lean times, because the city wants to take advantage of federal and provincial infrastructure grants.

City Manager Allan Seabrooke told council on Monday at the outset of city budget discussions, that about $219.2 million of projects are proposed for next year. This compares to the more usual $125 million for annual infrastructure projects.

The capital funding increase is due to city administrators wanting to tap into federal and provincial governments […]

Construction expected to start next fall at Red Deer hospital

The $100-million expansion of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is expected to begin next fall.

Alberta Infrastructure and Alberta Health Services are in the final stages of planning to expand and upgrade the facility, according to the latest update from the province.

In September, AHS said work was progressing after a three-month delay due to COVID-19.

A statement this week said the government recognizes how important it is to get the people of Red Deer the health care they need, and that […]

Ottawa grants $15 million towards Red Deer’s G.H. Dawe Recreation Centre expansion

The federal and provincial governments have contributed their shares toward the $42-million expansion of Red Deer’s G.H. Dawe Centre, but the full municipal portion hasn’t yet been approved.

More than $15 million of federal funding was earmarked this week for the project. This was added to the $12.6 million in provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding that was already expected.

But as for the City of Red Deer’s share of the funding — anticipated to total about $14.3 million, if the expansion’s […]

Blackfalds needs a new high school, regardless of whether it’s a P3 build, suggests official

Blackfalds is slated to get a new school that could be built as a private-public partnership.

The new high school for the Wolf Creek School Division has a projected budget of about $29 million.

Premier Jason Kenney announced this week that the 970-student school is among five projects the provincial government hopes to fund in partnership with private industry, as part of a P3 bundle amounting to more than $200 million.

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COVID-19 & Construction Activity in Canada

Procore Technologies has provided a Construction Activity Index that illustrates how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected construction activity in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, with worker hours dropping in March and recovering in late spring and the summer.  Across the provinces for which data is available, worker hours dropped through March to a low of 41 percent below baseline the week of April 6 but were all above the baseline as of the week of July 27. 

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