by Morinville News Staff
Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools (GSACS) announced Monday that Alberta Infrastructure and Acheson-based Jen-Col Construction, who was the successful bidder and General Contractor on the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Academy project, held a kick-off meeting to review the plans and timelines for the build.
The new elementary school is to be built in Morinville’s Westwind’s Development (north of No Frills) and is scheduled to open in 2020.
GSACS say the school will meet Leed Silver Certification and include the use of solar panels to provide energy efficiency among other construction, system and site requirements.
The building design also boasts green spaces in front of the building designed to be social areas, including a green amphitheater. Bicycle parking will be maximized as a way to encourage more active modes of transportation.
“The awarding of our construction partner represents a key milestone in this project, and we look forward to a sod turning ceremony in the New Year,” said Board Chair Joe Becigneul. “The addition of another elementary school in the community is needed to accommodate the growth of young families in the town.”
St. Kateri Tekakwitha Academy is the fourth school for the District and GSACS believe the K-5 school will alleviate the pressure on École Notre Dame Elementary School.
The building will feature modern learning spaces that GSACS say support 21st Century Learning and honour its namesake, St. Kateri.
Alberta Infrastructure will fund this project as well as the middle school currently being built on Grandin in Morinville for the Sturgeon School Division.