About Us - Growth: Capital Projects

New Westminster Schools is growing!

As a growth District, we’re working as hard as we can to build schools that will support the kids we currently have enrolled, while also making strategic choices when it comes to projected growth as well. And we’re proud to be building schools in a way that will enable us to lead into the future by creating spaces that will foster innovation, collaboration and take advantage of updated curriculum guidelines and teaching theories.

All of the work we do to grow and develop our District’s infrastructure is based on our long range facilities plan. You can find that here: Long Range Facilities Plan – April 2019

Now, here are the top projects we have on the go …

The new New Westminster Secondary School

We are excitedly nearing the end of our New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project – a $106.5 million, state-of-the-art new home for one of British Columbia’s largest high schools!

Our new NWSS space will accommodate 1,900 grade 9 to 12 students in a 21st century learning environment … meeting today’s standards for modern learning, safety and accessibility, while incorporating the latest sustainable energy management systems.

Current Phase: New school is open!

Phase highlights:The old school is continuing to be decommissioned and moved toward the demolition phase.

Anticipated Completion: Move in was completed over Winter break, 2020. Demolition of the old school to start before the end of the school year.

Additional notes: Stay tuned for more on ways you can get a glimpse at the new school, and for opportunities to say farewell to the old school before it is removed.

Want a peak? Check out this album from an October tour (video of the new school coming soon though):

We’ve got what you’ve been asking for: a sneak peak inside the new New Westminster Secondary School!

#newwest #sd40learns

Posted by New Westminster Schools on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Richard McBride Replacement Project

In the Spring of 2020 we broke ground on the new Richard McBride! The replacement school will feature open spaces and a design that’s intended to support revised and modern curriculum needs. And, in addition, it will also feature a significant expansion to the child care centre with new infant and toddler spaces opening up to better support local families.

Current Phase: Steel erection phase

Phase highlights: Having completed a bigger than normal excavation (due to the location of the building and the slope of the hill, we were aiming to remove around 13,000 cubic meters of fill), the structural frame is really taking shape.

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2021

Additional notes: None at the moment: the playground has already been moved and the building is continuing on schedule.

Been by lately? We wanted to share a visual update on the Richard McBride Elementary replacement school. While we all…

Posted by New Westminster Schools on Monday, February 22, 2021

Queen Elizabeth Elementary School addition

In March of 2020 we were excited to share the news that the Province of British Columbia has given formal support to our top capital expansion project in New Westminster: an addition to Queen Elizabeth Elementary School! This much needed expansion paves the way for many additional classrooms to serve the fast-growing community of Queensborough.

Current Phase: Concept Plan and Project Definition Report

Phase highlights: our architectural lead is working with teams of quantity surveyors, mechanical and structural engineers, and more to help build the Concept Plan and the Project Definition Report – the final step required to give us the go-ahead needed to secure provincial funding.

Anticipated Completion: Not yet approved for funding or build

Minor Capital Projects

Funding for minor capital projects (those to occur between April 2020 and March 2021), will/has covered: a roof replacement at Herbert Spencer Elementary, a roof replacement and flooring upgrades at Glenbrook Middle, and mechanical upgrades to air circulation systems at Connaught Heights Elementary and FW Howay Elementary.

And, in case you haven’t seen it yet: there’s a brand new playground at Queen Elizabeth Elementary, on Queensborough Landing, for students to enjoy this coming year! (Just remember to wash your hands before and after playing there, keep your distance and follow all the appropriate COVID-19 related etiquette.)

Highlights at New Westminster School District 40

Outdoor Covered Play and Learning Centres at four schools

Outdoor Covered Play and Learning Centres at four schools

These new spaces are immediately providing students and staff greater ability to learn outside ... and they're a great long-term investment in supporting our schools. more

A tale of three (award winning) teachers

A tale of three (award winning) teachers

Celebrating the achievements, as recognized by three outside organizations, of some of the amazing teachers who work in New Westminster: Carmen Woo, Kristie Oxley and Barb Paul. more

Good things are happening 2019-2020

Good things are happening 2019-2020

It was a year full of successes, challenges and adaptation ... and the amazing things that were achieved last year have laid the foundation for this big year we're walking together in now. more

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