Plans for a student residence at SIAST Palliser campus are starting over from scratch.
“At this point in time, we’re looking for all ideas and solutions to the housing problem,” said Dr. Larry Rosia, SIAST president and CEO.
The former proposed SIAST residence was announced in April 2011. As indicated at an executive council meeting in the same year, the $15 million student residence would have had a proposed 200 beds. The prospective site, as it was announced, was on the provincial government land across from the Kinsmen Sportsplex.
Rosia told the Times-Herald it was time to explore for new ideas to meet the need that was identified in Moose Jaw.
“We have issued a request for proposals (RFP), and what that RFP is all about is trying to find a partner that is interested in partnering with us to build some residences,” Rosia said.
The RFP recently concluded and the evaluation process will start once a team is assembled.
Rosia could not disclose the number of proposals SIAST received but said there were many interested prospective parties.
“We’re hoping that we will get some good ideas and some possibilities that we can pursue in the way of building some housing on campus for the benefit of our students,” Rosia said.
The proposal from 2011 was tabled, but one of the partners could follow the same kind of design.
Rosia said to deal with “the housing problem,” SIAST will be open to all possibilities that create a finished product.
“We’re just searching for solutions and we don’t know what we’re going to get back in the way of ideas,” Rosia said. “One possibility could be a P3, another possibility could be a private investor saying they would build the facility and lease it back.”
He said the benefit of the RFP is to put the ball in the court of organizations and companies to solve SIAST Palliser campus’s housing problem.
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