Winning consortium selected to build Okanagan jail

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie speaks at the 2012 announcement of the Okanagan Correctional Centre siting on his band
Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie speaks at the 2012 announcement of the Okanagan Correctional Centre siting on his band's land.
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A consortium of companies has now been selected to begin work on the Okanagan Correctional Centre later this spring.

The B.C. government announced Friday it chose  Plenary Justice to build the 378-cell jail north of Oliver in a business park owned by the Osoyoos Indian Band.

"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,”  Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said in a press release.

“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."

Plenary Justice consists of five firms: Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd., PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., Honeywell Limited (Canada), DGBK Architects and Jug Island Consulting Ltd.

The release noted, however, that Plenary Justice is planning a business-to-business session in Oliver on Jan. 30 where it will meet with local companies to discuss opportunities available to them. More details are expected to be available at

Final negotiations are underway with Plenary Justice and a fixed-price, performance-based agreement is expected to be signed by early spring. Details of the contract will be made public at that time, the release said. Construction is also slated to begin in the spring, with completion planned for 2016.

The request for proposals indicated the government will build the jail as a public-private partnership that will come with a 30-year service agreement for the private-sector group that builds and finances the jail.

Plenary Justice was selected from a short-list of three bidders. The two unsuccessful groups will each be reimbursed $250,000 for their efforts, according to the RFP.


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