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Police college project remains on track

Fort Macleod’s $122-million police college project remains on track.
The province intends to award the contract to build the Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre contract early in June.
Town of Fort Macleod economic development officer Martin Ebel said last week construction will start quickly.
“They’ll pretty much have to start moving dirt right away,” Ebel said.
Ebel provided an update on the police college project on Thursday during the annual general meeting of the Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Ebel told 20 members at the meeting the April 23 provincial election did not slow progress on the police college project.
“We’re down to the last few weeks that the three construction companies that are finalists for the project will be submitting their bids to Alberta Infrastructure,” Ebel said.
The province is scheduled to award the contract in June, with construction of the police college to be done in time for it to open in September 2014.
“That is still the deadline,” Ebel said.
Ebel old Chamber members Town of Fort Macleod development officer Rhonda Day is taking calls from all three construction companies every week.
“They’re trying to finalize their bids,” Ebel said.
The companies have been on the police college site doing soil testing and other work.
“It is moving ahead,” Ebel said. “Within about a month, month and a half, we should start to see dirt moving in earnest on that site.”
Ebel said Fort Macleod and district businesses still have a chance to get involved in construction of the $122-million police college.
Local companies and tradespeople interested in being involved in the construction are to contact the three prime contractors who are finalists for the project.
“The goal behind that was to ensure that all local businesses have every opportunity to be involved,” Ebel said.
The contacts are:

  • PCL Construction Management Inc., Darren Brietzke, 403-769-3237 or
  • Cana Management Ltd., Elena Dmitrieva, 403-262-6246 or
  • Bird Design-Build Construction Inc., Terry Bateman, 403-319-0470 or

The companies will inform potential suppliers of what additional information they may require to further consider an application.
“Hopefully, regardless of which of the three big companies that is selected, there will be work for our local businesses,” Ebel said.

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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