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Jacques-Leber High School: a Groundbreaking Design-Build Progressive Construction Project


By Démi Paré 8 July 2024

We are thrilled to announce that EBC has been awarded a landmark contract, to be carried out in collaboration with Tisseur. This is the very first progressive design-build construction project in the history of the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI). This contract, valued at over $150 million, involves the construction of the new Jacques-Leber High School in Saint-Constant, in the Montérégie region.


An Innovative Delivery Method

This innovative design-build approach involves close collaboration from the outset between designers, builders, and other project stakeholders. It aims to accelerate the completion of construction projects by fostering a shared understanding of objectives, risks, and optimization opportunities. The Second’Ère consortium, composed of EBC, Tisseur, and four specialized firms, namely NFOE and STGM for architectural design, as well as CIMA+ and GBI for engineering management, was selected as part of this first call for proposals from the SQI.

A unified team of entrepreneurs and professionals, as well as stakeholders and representatives of the SQI and the Centre de services scolaire des Grandes-Seigneuries, has formed around the project, guided by a shared vision and a commitment to excellence. This synergy allows for close collaboration and fluid communication at all stages of the project, thus promoting concept optimization and the creation of a school that will meet the needs of future students and the community.


A Modern and Sustainable School

The new high school will double its capacity, allowing it to meet the strong demographic growth in the region and offer students modern infrastructure conducive to learning. It will be designed to the highest safety standards and will aim for LEED® BD+C v4 certification for its commitment to environmental sustainability. This innovative project is a concrete example of EBC’s commitment to innovation and sustainable development.

Work began in April 2024 and is expected to be substantially completed by the summer of 2026 to accommodate the first students.


We are proud to contribute to the development of youth and to build a promising future for our society.