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Calgary Herald: Architects, engineers hired for five Calgary school projects

Last updated 4 years ago

The city’s public school board hopes to start modernizing or rebuilding five schools before 2015, after selecting the architects and engineers that will oversee the projects.

Announced by the province three months ago, the Calgary Board of Education announced Thursday it has selected the consultants who will design upgrades for Harold W. Riley elementary school, Bowness High School and Jack James High School, plus rebuild Christine Meikle School and the flood-damaged facility in Elbow Park.

“We are excited to have these projects move to the next phase,” Frank Coppinger, CBE’s superintendent of facilities, said in a prepared statement.

“We hope to have shovels in the ground on the replacement schools and the renovation work at existing schools started before the end of the year.”

The 50 submissions received from the request for proposals to design the school were evaluated by a technical team from the CBE, and the province’s education and infrastructure departments.

The Calgary-based firm of Gibbs-Gage, which previously handled the controversial $50-million renovation of the Dr. Carl Safran Centre, which is now home to CBE trustees, and another nearby Connaught School, has been chosen to rebuild another historic structure.

Despite the fact the Elbow Park School was heavily damaged in last June’s floods and is well within the 1-in-500-year flood risk area where provincial guidelines say schools should not be located, the government plans to rebuild the facility on the same site using the existing brick facade and wooden beams in the library ceiling.

CBE officials have previously refused to provide the Herald with the request for proposal for the project, which might indicate its scope, or to provide any estimate of the cost.

Last month, the province also turned over responsibility for construction of six new schools in fast-growing Calgary suburbs to the CBE.

Board officials hope to design and build those facilities in time for the start of classes in the fall of 2016.

mmcclure@calgaryherald.com

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