DSBN Awards Greater Fort Erie Secondary Construction Contract

Students in Fort Erie are one step closer to seeing shovels in the ground at the future Greater Fort Erie Secondary site. On Tuesday, October 13, DSBN Trustees voted to award the near $23 million dollar construction contract to Struct-Con Construction, the lowest bidder.

“We are pleased to reach another milestone in the process to deliver a new high school for students in the Greater Fort Erie area,” said Sue Barnett, Chair of Board. “Struct-Con is a respected firm with expertise in this area, having recently completed a $22 million dollar school project for the Toronto District School Board.” The contract conforms to the Broader Public Sector directives.

“We are especially encouraged that Struct-Con will be using some local sub-contractors and suppliers in the construction, supporting Niagara’s workers and economy,” said Warren Hoshizaki, DSBN Director of Education.

Located on a scenic 15 acre plot of land on Garrison Road across from the Town Hall, Greater Fort Erie Secondary School will feature 33 classrooms including science labs, music, arts business and technology rooms. It will also include a cafeteria, a kitchen for its award winning food programs, a double gym, a fitness centre and an artificial turf athletic field. The new school will cover 116,600 square feet.

The total budget for the project is $28,405,253. This includes the cost of land as well as the $3 million dollar Fort Erie Centre for the Arts, which will be financed through fundraising efforts. The DSBN and Town of Fort Erie have each contributed $500,000 to the theatre project.

For more information on the Centre for the Arts fundraising campaign, please visit http://www.gfecentreforthearts.com/.