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Delivery Method

DBOM Partially Public Finance
# of Projects: 1
100% of the Results

Background informationProject Created: November 1, 2010

Project Name: Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement Project
Year in Operation: 2010
Sector: Buildings
Subsector: School
Status: In Operation
Type: New Facility
Description: The ASAP project initiative includes the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of 18 different schools in the Edmonton and Calgary areas of Alberta, Canada. These 18 individual schools (nine in both Edmonton and Calgary) are bundled into one public private partnership contract. The schools were designed and built to provincial and LEED Silver standards. Each school contains a permanent core building housing typical and essential scholastic elements (administration offices, gymnasium, and library, and approximately 30% of the school classrooms), while state-of-the-art, steel-framedhigh performance modular classrooms were also designed and constructed to meet current approved school capacity. In future modular classrooms could be easily added or removed as requiredas the demographics of the school population changes.
Delivery Method as described in the country where it's located: Public Private Partnership
Is the project still active: Yes

Project Locations

City: Edmonton
State: Alberta
Country: Canada

City: Calgary
State: Alberta
Country: Canada

Souces of Project Support (Non-monetary)

Checkbox Checked Land: School sites are the responsibility of the School Boards and the Municipalities. The ASAP School Sites were selected in joint discussion between the two parties. Traditionally Municipalities will dedicate property for school sites when new subdivisions are approved and it is up to the developers to transfer title of these lands to the Municipality as Municipal Reserves. In other cases Municipalities will buy property and create school reserves using tax revenues.
Checkbox Checked Access to Land: Upon completion of construction of all 18 schools the schools achieve “Availability” and are turned over the School Boards who will operate and have exclusive ownership of the schools. The Concessionaire is granted access to the school to carry out their maintenance and renewal activities but must collaborate and cooperate with the School Board and each School Administration to minimize or prevent any disruption of the Educational Program.
Checkbox Checked Revenue Stream (Cash Flow) Protected Through Long Term Commitment(s) of Public Sponsor(s): The Government will pay the concessionaire in monthly amounts for the entire contract term. The monthly amounts will come in three separate streams—Capital, Maintenance, and Renewal. Monthly amounts paid in all three streams are dependent on the concessionaire’s ability to meet the performance standards of the contract. With the exception of the capital payment stream, which is fixed over the 30 year term, the maintenance and renewal payments are indexed annually.
Checkbox Checked Environmental Clearance: The Province of Alberta conducted environmental investigation reports of each school site and determined that all the sites in Edmonton and seven of the sites in Calgary did not require a Historical Resources Impact Assessment. The Province also completed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for all 18 sites and conducted partial soils investigations as part of the site investigation reports. Only two school sites, the Carlton and Rutherford West Schools, required Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. Overall, the concessionaire is held responsible by contractual language to conduct all work for the project in accordance with all applicable federal and provincial legislation and regulations and municipal bylaws concerning environmental and historical resources protection. The site investigations were presented to the bidders as information with no warrants as to its accuracy by the Province. All bidders were invited to do their own due diligence and conduct their own site investigations as they saw fit and were granted access to the sites for this purpose during the bidding phase.

Souces of Project Support (Monetary)

Checkbox Checked

From Public (Government) Sources to Producers: During the 2 year construction period, the government provided no capital payments to the concessionaire other than a Provincial Contribution that was paid as a lump sum upon completion of construction of all 18 schools. After “Total Availability” i.e. construction of all schools was complete, the first of 360 fixed monthly capital payments commenced. Over the 30 year maintenance and renewal period, the government will provide monetary support to the concessionaire through 360 monthly maintenance and renewal payments. These payments are indexed annually and contingent on the concessionaire’s achievement of performance standards.

Checkbox Checked

From Private Capital Markets Directly to Producers as Debt: The Concessionaire is required to “partially finance” the construction of the project over the contract term. After the project’s construction phase is fully complete, the concessionaire will receive a Provincial Contribution of $125 million towards the cost of construction.

Project Delivery & Finance Method

Project Delivery:
All Public Finance. Public Sponsor contracts for initial design, and separately contracts for initial construction. Public Owner operates and maintains the resulting facility.
Is there an independant checking engineer? Yes
Project Finance Method: All or Partially By Public Sponsor

Procurement Approach

Project Component
Based Selection
Request for
Request for
for Bids

Term for Key Components & Forms of Contract

Project Component
Combined Term: Initial Design, Construction, O&M Period
DBFM Agreement is a document drafted by the Province of Alberta. It involved a number of internal ministries including Infrastructure, Transportation, Justice, Finance, Risk Management, and Education. Construction period of 2 years. O&M contract period is then 30 additional years. 

Project Value (If and As Known)

Date of Estimated Project Value: November 6, 2010
Project Value
Hard Cost
Hard & Soft Costs
$500 Million - 2 Billion US
$500 Million - 2 Billion US


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