Today, the Government of Yukon issued a design-build tender for the first new elementary school in Whitehorse in more than 25 years.
The Whistle Bend elementary school will accommodate up to 425 students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 from Whistle Bend and the surrounding area. The successful contractor will work with the Owner’s Advisor, Colliers Project Leaders, to design a school that reflects the needs and goals of the school community.
The government has been working on planning with partners and representatives through a Project Advisory Committee with the Owner’s Advisor for this project to ensure it will meet the needs of students, staff the community.
I am very excited to announce the tender has been issued for the Whistle Bend School, allowing construction to start this fall. This is a great addition to a fast growing neighbourhood.
Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn.
We are committed to investing in our communities and supporting Yukoners to lead happy, healthy lives, and are pleased to have reached this key next step in building a new school in Whistle Bend. This new school will be our first new elementary school in Whitehorse in more than 25 years, and will ensure a modernized learning space that will allow families in this growing neighborhood and surrounding areas to thrive for years to come.
Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPheeQuick facts
- The tender is posted on Yukon bids & tenders and is set to close on April 14, 2021.
- Construction is expected to begin in fall 2021 with completion of the school anticipated in winter during the 2023–24 school year.
- The main school building will be approximately 4,200 m2 with open learning spaces, specialized education rooms, a library, administrative spaces and classrooms. Some other key features planned for the school include:
- a bus and student drop-off area;
- vehicle and bicycle parking areas;
- outdoor student areas, including outdoor learning areas;
- a playing field;
- playgrounds that contain a mix of open space and native woodland; and
- solar panels on the school’s roof to contribute to power generation.