Supply and Services / Education

$17-million expansion and renovation project underway at École Sainte-Thérèse (09/07/20)

NB 1015

July 20, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Two major tenders have been awarded as part of a $17-million expansion and renovation project at École Sainte-Thérèse in Dieppe, Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty announced today.

"I am very pleased that students at École Sainte-Thérèse will have the benefit of brand new classroom space this coming school year, and Phase 2 of the renovations will be complete by September 2010," said Doherty. "The new and improved school will be bright and spacious, and will meet the needs of the growing student body in the Dieppe area."

A $4.8-million tender for construction of 16 new classrooms was recently awarded to Avondale Construction, and work is currently underway.

The second phase of the project, worth $9.3 million, has been awarded to Foulem Construction Ltée. It includes renovations to the existing cafeteria, and demolition of the remaining school building to construct a new gym, resource centre, administration centre, staff lounge, six classrooms, six kindergarten classrooms, two special education rooms, two multipurpose rooms, student services areas, and a music room.

"New Brunswick's economy grows when we invest in education," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "We're not only building modern schools for students, we're also investing in our province's greatest resource: our students.

"As a result of this project, the students of École Sainte-Thérèse will have a modern school where they can be innovative, be creative, and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to succeed in a 21st century economy. By making these investments in education, we are creating a well-educated population who will one day inherit a self-sufficient New Brunswick."

As part of the Government of New Brunswick's Green Buildings Program, the improvements at École Sainte-Thérèse have been designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).


MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.