Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement Project

Meeting and exceeding project targets to build schools for future generations.

SNC-Lavalin provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement project, which called for the design and construction of 10 elementary and junior high schools. The new facilities, which covered 70,623 square metres and could accommodate up to 12,000 students, were built in the Edmonton and Calgary regions under a public-private partnership (P3) arrangement.

Adapting a standard core design

The new schools were built to provincial standards using a standard core design that included essential facilities such as a gymnasium, library, administrative offices, washrooms, classrooms, and high-performance modular classrooms. This standardized approach was chosen because it would provide a high degree of quality for all school boards involved in the project.

However, adjustments to this core design were required to suit local needs and site conditions, forcing us to quickly respond with modified electrical and mechanical designs. Our ability to handle change requests efficiently helped keep the project on schedule and on budget, two major constraints for this initiative.

Exceeding project targets

Not only did the project earn LEED Gold certification, but it exceeded the established time and cost targets by being completed six months early and under budget. This accomplishment adds to our successful track record in the educational sector and our long-standing relationship with the client, GEC Architecture.