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Correctional centre nears construction

Following a rigorous selection process, Plenary Justice has been selected to work with the BC government and finalize an agreement to deliver a state-of-the-art Okanagan Correctional Centre.

This is one of the first steps prior to putting shovels in the ground.

"Once completed, the new Okanagan Correctional Centre will more than double corrections capacity in B.C.'s interior, further enhancing public safety for communities, correctional staff and inmates throughout the province," said attorney general and minister of justice Suzanne Anton. "The selection of Plenary Justice for this $200 million investment brings us a significant step closer to creating 1,000  direct and indirect construction jobs for the region.

The OCC will also generate 240 new full-time correctional positions when the centre officially opens its doors in 2016."

The Plenary Justice team includes Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd., PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., Honeywell Limited (Canada), DGBK Architects and Jug Island Consulting Ltd.

The selection of Plenary Justice follows an extensive evaluation of three teams that were shortlisted and invited to submit proposals to design, build, partially finance and provide facilities management services for the new centre.

The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services are working to conclude final negotiations with Plenary Justice, a process that is expected to result in the signing of a fixed price, performance based agreement by early spring 2014, with construction activities beginning shortly thereafter.

Local contractors, service providers and job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with Plenary Justice at an upcoming Business to Business, B2B, networking session in Oliver on Jan. 30.

For more details about the session and to register, business owners can sign up to the Correctional Centre Business Registry online at: www.sochamber.ca.

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