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New schedule for police college project

Ray Danyluk turned the sod for the police college in August

The province has released a new schedule that has the $122-million Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre open Sept. 2, 2014.
Project manager John Niesen provided the updated schedule this week to Fort Macleod Mayor Shawn Patience.
“The target contract award date has been moved to June 1 from March 29, but the target date for completion and occupation remains the same so the process is simply being condensed,” Patience said. “The important thing is we have a schedule and we continue to make progress, but certainly I think a lot of people will be happy once the dirt actually starts moving.”
According to the schedule the province on Wednesday, Feb. 29 will issue a request for proposals to build the training centre.
The response to the request for proposals is due May 3.
“Once the request for proposals is issued design builders will start actually putting proposals together for construction and that’s another step behind us,” Patience said. “Of course awarding the contract will put the project in full motion.”
The province last fall issued a request for qualifications from companies interested in building the training centre, from which a short list was developed.
“Information regarding the contractors has not been made public as of yet,” Patience said. “It is our expectation there will be three.”
Once the request for proposals is out, a site visit is planned for Friday, March 9.
“It is our understanding that this will likely be a site visit by Alberta Infrastructure representatives and the design build teams as part of the request for proposals process,” Patience said. “Our role will simply be to allow access to the site.”
Two technical consultations will take place Wednesday, March 21 and Wednesday, April 4.
“In the meantime many different processes will be running in parallel,” Patience added. “We are hoping to have the signed copies of the land transfer and servicing agreements returned by the province very soon. Once those are in place and the tender documents are approved we will be moving forward with the service line portion of the project.”
Once the responses to the request for proposals are submitted May 3, they will be evaluated by the province from May 7-24.
The schedule calls for design-build team presentations on May 22, with department approval of the project planned May 25-30.
The province intends to award the design-build contract on June 1.
Construction of the training centre is scheduled to take place beginning June 4, with substantial completion expected by Aug. 1, 2014.
Niesen has scheduled the delivery of furniture and installation of equipment from July 2 to Aug. 15, 2014.
Occupancy is scheduled for Aug. 16, 2014, with the project completed Aug. 29, 2014.
The training centre is to open Sept. 2, 2014.
“Every step is important,” Patience said.
The Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre is to train 250 police recruits, 250 Sheriffs and Corrections officers, 250 community peace officers and 600 professional development students each year.
The college will include a residence that can house 270 students.
The facility will include classrooms, indoor and outdoor firearm ranges, a driving track, gymnasium, running track and eating facilities.

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Index of Police College Stories - Listed by release date in Gazette

Apr 24 - Fort Macleod town council is planning for the future

Jan 10 - Province gives Fort Macleod $10.26-million for police college costs

Sep 11 - Wildrose Party will fight for Fort Macleod

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod residents devastated by decision to scrap police college

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod asks premier to reverse college decision

Sep 03 - Fort Macleod calls on premier to reverse police college decision

Aug 29 - Residents of Fort Macleod punished for voting Wildrose

Aug 29 - Wildrose says Fort Macleod victim of Tory fiscal incompetence

Aug 29 - Government cancels funding for police training college

Aug 28 - Council awards police college permit

Aug 01 - Police training facility will be unique in Canada

Nov 01 - Province approves grant for police college infrastructure

Oct 19 - Target schedule is set to build police college

Sep 27 - Stakeholders convene to discuss police college

Aug 24 - Police college sod-turning

Aug 16 - Police college sod-turning Mon. Aug. 22

Jul 26 - Fort Macleod puts more cash toward college

May 17 - Province moving ahead with police college plans

May 03 - Council okays transfer of police college land

Apr 05 - Police college site work could start in summer

Dec 01 - Macleod finds way to build police college

Dec 01 - Macleod pitches co-op to build police college

Nov 30 - Macleod feels positive about police college

Aug 25 - Police college partner possible

Aug 18 - Council works on own plan for police college

Jul 07 - Calgary project no threat to police college

Jun 09 - Mayor pushes solicitor general for collect action

Mar 31 - Macleod’s neighbours support police college

Mar 31 - Mayor says government just has to make college a priority

Dec 30 - MD council writes to support police college

Dec 02 - Southern Alberta backs police college

Nov 25 - Regional group lobbies for police college

Sep 23 - Police college has not been shelved — yet

Jul 29 - Mayor: ‘Police college project not cancelled’

May 06 - Infrastructure minister says college a priority

Apr 22 - Facebook page supports police college

Apr 01 - Council lobbies for progress on police college

Feb 18 - Solicitor General urges police college patience

Nov 04 - Police college discussed during Question Period

Nov 04 - Macleod mayor confident police college is coming

Oct 21 - Fort Macleod ‘anxious’ for police college start

Apr 16 - Province gets nine police college proposals

Mar 12 - Macleod can do business with police college

Sep 05 - Province reviews police college P3 proposals

Jun 26 - Police college Web site created

Jun 06 - Police college project is on track

May 30 - Police college officials visit Fort Macleod

May 23 - Police college headlines open house

Mar 28 - Solicitor General: ‘Police college is coming to Macleod’

Jan 31 - Mayor strikes police college committee

Nov 22 - Steering committee meets to discuss police college

Sep 13 - Opportunity knocking for Fort Macleod

Sep 13 - Macleod prepares to guide growth

Sep 13 - Police college is Fort Macleod’s destiny

Sep 13 - Mayor weathers police college criticism

Sep 13 - Fort Macleod celebrates successful college bid

Sep 06 - Fort Macleod lands Alberta police college

Sep 06 - P3 partners sought for police college

Sep 06 - Police training centre will be world-class

Dec 21 - Council designates land for police college

Dec 21 - Macleod’s police college bid in province’s hands

Nov 23 - Task force builds police college bid

Nov 02 - Council still pursuing college