Joint-Use Schools




P3 contract value:
$635 million


Estimated cost without P3:
$735 million


$100 million (13%)

All figures in 2015 dollars.


Owner & Operator:
Local school divisions


Private partner:
Joint Use Mutual Partnership


GEC Architecture (Alberta) and Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture (Saskatoon)


Bird-Wright Design Builders (Saskatoon/Alberta)


Johnson Controls Canada (Regina/Saskatoon)


Projected economic impact:
2300 construction jobs


Sask companies in design/construction:
73 (72%)


July 2014

RFP 1 and 2:
October 2014

Contract 1 and 2signed:
August 2015

Construction complete:
June 2017

The joint-use schools project was the largest schools build in Saskatchewan history. There were 18 elementary schools completed on-time and on-budget in less than two years.  A public and Catholic school are attached on each of 9 sites, with community space and a daycare in the middle. 

Local divisions own and staff the schools and determine community access – just like everywhere else.  They are made to be fully decorated by teachers and played in by kids.

Designed based on the feedback of students and teachers, they are open-concept and ultramodern.  They feature in-floor heating, walls that open and close to adjust learning environments, outdoor classrooms, and main staircases that double as auditorium spaces.

Watch how future users got to design their schools!

Construction provided a major boost to the local economy.  Check out what the Electrical Contractors Association of Saskatchewan [link to attached photo: Leader-Post Jun. 5, 2017 Doug Folk] and the Saskatchewan Masonry Institute had to say about their experiences!

Learn more:
Wright Construction


Additional Documents:
Fairness Advisor Report 1
Fairness Advisor Report 2-1 and 2-2
KPMG Value for Money Report


With construction over, the JUMP team will now maintain the schools in good condition for 30 years as part of the fixed price contract (repairing roofs, replacing carpets, and so on).  Think of it like a long-term warranty.


Premier's Award for Excellence in Public Service (2017)

Silver Award for Innovative Partnerships, National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (2015)