Supply and Services / Education

Province moves forward on plans for Rexton and Moncton North schools (08/12/12)

NB 1810

Dec. 12, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A request for expressions of interest from the private sector for the construction of new schools in Rexton and Moncton North has been issued by the Government of New Brunswick, Minister of Supply and Services Ed Doherty announced today.

"We are seeking private developers capable of designing, constructing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the Eleanor W. Graham Middle School in Rexton, and the new Moncton North school," said Doherty. "By packaging the two schools into one public-private-partnership (P3), we are creating efficiencies for the province as well as opportunities for developers."

The request for expressions of interest is being advertised on the New Brunswick Opportunities Network, and in provincial newspapers, beginning today. Submissions will be received by the Department of Supply and Services until 2 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2009. These will be evaluated by the department before a second-stage request for proposals is issued to selected proponents, from which a private-sector partner will be identified to build both schools.

"This is another step in our plan to build the best education system in Canada by ensuring that our students have access to modern educational facilities," said Minister of Education Kelly Lamrock.

The Eleanor W. Graham Middle School will be about 5,500 square metres in size, and will be constructed on the Albany Road off Route 134 in Rexton. The school will be one level, modern, energy efficient, and designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which is an industry standard used to measure green building performance in Canada. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2009, with completion by September 2010.

The province has purchased 8.8 hectares (22 acres) of land on Ryan Road in Moncton for construction of the K-8 Moncton North school. The school will be built on two levels, and will be about 9,000 square metres in size. It will have 27 classrooms, a large gymnasium and cafeteria, science and technology labs, an art and music room, and student service area. The school will be designed and constructed to meet a LEED silver standard for green buildings. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2009, with completion by September 2010.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Sharon Jones, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Valerie Kilfoil, director of communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.