NWSS Replacement Project - About the Project
About the Project
In June 2016, the Province of B.C. announced funding for the replacement of New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS). The $106.5 million project will be the largest school investment in B.C. history. This will be the third recent new school opening in New Westminster, following the opening of École Qayqayt Elementary School in September 2014 and the opening of Fraser River Middle School in September 2016.
Anticipated to open in 2020, with construction starting in late 2017, the new NWSS will accommodate 1,900 grade 9 to 12 students. The new school will provide a state-of-the-art learning environment. It will be designed to optimize the use of flexible learning spaces to maximize collaboration and active learning; this will include technology that enriches the learning process, multi-purpose spaces and modern shops, as well as contemporary fine and performing arts spaces. It will also meet today’s standards for modern learning, safety and accessibility, and incorporate the latest sustainable energy and waste management systems.
Built in 1949, the current school has served New Westminster students exceedingly well, but the facility is outdated and requires seismic remediation. It is the only secondary school in the City of New Westminster and one of the largest in B.C., which will be a key consideration in planning and building the new school.
Also importantly, part of the property is located on a former burial area. Commitments have been made that no construction will take place on any known burial area. For more information about the history of the school and property, and the School District’s ongoing work with groups with historical connections to the site, see here.
Another big step toward a New NWSS:
Shortlist of Three Potential Design-Build Partners Selected
On March 8, 2017, the Ministry of Education and the New Westminster School District announced that three qualified teams have been shortlisted to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the competitive selection process to design and build the new New Westminster Secondary School Project.
Six Design-Build teams responded to the Request for Qualifications. Following rigorous evaluation of the submissions, the following three teams have been shortlisted:
- Clark Builders with Stantec;
- Graham Design-Builders LP with KMBR Architects Planners Inc.; and
- Stuart Olson Construction Ltd. with Thinkspace Architecture Planning Interior Design.
The three shortlisted teams will be invited to respond to the Request for Proposals by submitting proposals to undertake the design and construction of the new secondary school. The community and stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide input on the design before it is finalized. Please see our timeline below for more information.
Engagement and Consultation
Previous consultation with the community has informed planning to date and community and stakeholder consultation will continue through all phases of construction. The consultation program will be inclusive, and will incorporate various tools for face-to-face, online and written participation. Input received through consultation will be considered, along with financial and technical information, in the design for the new school.
Memorialization Advisory Committee
We continue to engage with First Nations communities, the Chinese Benevolent Association, the Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council, Inclusion BC, and other organizations that represent communities with a history or potential history of ancestral burials on the site. A Memorialization Advisory Committee (MAC) has been struck and held an initial meeting on June 12, 2017 to consider how best to memorialize the dedicated and protected areas of the site that are known to have been used for burials. We will provide updates to the community as the planning progresses on this component of the development.