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!
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…
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.)