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Province awards police college contract

The Alberta government has awarded the contract for construction of the Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre in Fort Macleod.
Infrastructure Minister Wayne Drysdale said Tuesday the $95-million design submitted by Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. was chosen over bids from two other finalists.
“They’re hoping later this summer to get
started and be finished by 2014,” Drysdale said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon. “It’s pretty much on schedule.”
The ability to have the college built in time to open in September 2014 as planned was part of the successful bid, Drysdale said.
The province in February issued a request for proposals from Bird Design-Build Construction Inc., PCL Construction Management Inc. and Cana Management Ltd. The bids were reviewed by Alberta Infrastructure staff.
“They seemed to be the best bang for the buck,” Drysdale said of Bird Design-Build. “There were some good proposals put in but I think this one stood out.”
The Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre will be equipped with classroom space, residential facilities, special training facilities including combat and scenario-based training, driving skills training track and indoor and outdoor firearm ranges.
The overall project budget remains $122-million, Drysdale said.
Preliminary schematic designs will be posted on the Alberta Infrastructure Web site when they are available, likely later this week.
The news the contract had been awarded almost six years after Fort Macleod was chosen as the site following an extensive bid process open to every community in Alberta, was welcomed by Fort Macleod officials.
“We are extremely pleased to see this project finally moving forward,” Fort Macleod Mayor Shawn Patience said. “The centre will play a key role in the training of enforcement officers and will undoubtedly have a profound economic impact on our area by increasing employment and investment opportunities and by raising our community’s profile on the provincial stage.”
Drysdale agreed the project will provide a welcome economic boost for Fort Macleod and southern Alberta.
“For your area, it certainly will be,” Drysdale said from his constituency office. “Also it will be important for the police forces in the province. It’s good for Fort Macleod, but it’s aso good for our police forces. From what I hear, they just can’t wait to get in there.”

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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