Shomporko Online News Desk: The Saskatchewan government named the project manager for the new Saskatoon Remand Centre on Thursday.
The project, which aims to provide accommodation for around 400 remanded convicts at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre, will be led by PCL Construction.
According to government authorities, this will provide correctional officers more flexibility in managing Saskatchewan’s inmate population and improve their capacity to deliver rehabilitative programming.
“Designing and building a safe correctional facility is uniquely challenging,” Saskatchewan Corrections Minister Christine Tell said in a press release.
“We know that PCL Construction is the best organization for the job because of their wealth of expertise and strong local roots.”
According to PCL, the company was founded in Stoughton, Sask., in 1906 and has maintained an office in Saskatoon for over five decades.
“PCL is proud to have been selected to provide construction management services for this important infrastructure project,” PCL district manager Mike Staines said in a statement.
“We are looking forward to working with the full project team and utilizing the local construction industry’s skills to complete this facility.”
In April, when the provincial budget for 2021-22 was released, the government announced that $52 million will be spent on a new remand centre at Saskatoon Correctional Centre.
According to the press release, the initiative would result in the creation of 130 new permanent posts at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre.
The new facility is projected to be completed by spring 2024, according to government authorities.