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Three firms to compete to design/build New Westminster school

Three firms will be developing proposals for designing and building a new elementary school at the site of the former St. Mary's Hospital in New Westminster.

An evaluation team analyzed responses from the school district's request for qualifications to design and build the school, and picked three—Bouyges Building Canada, DGS Construction and Yellowridge Design Build—that have agreed to produce proposals for a competitive selection.

In April, the provincial government announced a $13.5 million construction budget to build 23 classrooms to accommodate 550 students from kindergarten to Grade 5. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall with the school to be opened in early 2014.

After it's completed, work is expected to begin on a new west side middle school at the current site of John Robson elementary. It has a budget of $17.6 million for 20 classrooms that can hold 500 students in grades 6 to 8. Construction on the middle school is to begin during the 2013-14 school year with an opening expected in the fall of 2015.

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