Construction contract awarded for Whistle Bend elementary school

A schematic design rendering of the future school.

Work on the first new Whitehorse elementary school in more than two decades continues to move forward. The Government of Yukon has awarded a $42.8 million design-build contract to Whitehorse-based Ketza Construction Corporation for the new school in Whistle Bend, to be located at the corner of Olive May Way and Casca Boulevard.

Ketza will work with Colliers Project Leaders, the Owner’s Advisor, for the duration of this project to design a school that reflects the needs and goals of the school community. The Yukon government has worked with the Whistle Bend Project Advisory Committee throughout the planning process to help inform decisions about the school’s elements.

The school is being planned to accommodate up to 425 students from kindergarten to Grade 7. It is expected to be completed during the 2023–24 school year.

This is an exciting time for the families in Whistle Bend, who will soon have access to a nearby, high-quality learning environment. This is more than an investment in a new building, this is an investment in our children’s future that will provide benefits for years to come. 

Minister of Education Jeanie McLean

This is an important milestone for the future Whistle Bend school, which will provide students in the area with a modern learning space closer to their homes. It will be a welcome addition to this rapidly-growing neighbourhood.

Minister of Highways and Public Works Nils Clarke

As a Yukon company with strong community involvement, Ketza Construction is proud to have been selected to deliver the new Whistle Bend Elementary School. Our commitment to Yukon First Nations and local content will be beneficial to all Yukoners. Ketza’s Design-Build team is excited to draw upon our strong educational experience to deliver a thoughtful design, executed with decades of construction experience.

General Manager of Ketza Construction Corporation Eric Brohman

Quick facts 
  • École Émilie-Tremblay was the last elementary school built in Whitehorse. It opened in 1996.

  • The Government of Yukon used a value-driven procurement process to make sure the project brings as much value as possible to the community and the territory.

  • Ketza Construction Corporation has been established in the Yukon for more than 50 years and specializes in northern climate construction.

Contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca

Brittany Cross
Communications, Highways and Public Works
867-332-4601
brittany.cross@yukon.ca

Erin MacDonald
Communications, Education
867-332-7008
erin.macdonald@yukon.ca

News release #: 
21-273