Design-Build Team Chosen for Gibsons Elementary Project
The Sunshine Coast School District is getting closer to having some new space for students, both in Sechelt and Gibsons.
School District 46 has now chosen a team to design and build the new 14.3 million dollar Gibsons Elementary; Bouygues Building Canada Ltd. & KMBR Architects.
The school will replace an ageing and seismically unstable building.
School Board Chair Silas White says getting the design - build team in place is a major milestone for the project. He also says the Board was impressed with the design being proposed, "We've seen a proposed design... and it's really exciting. It did collect all the input that was received from staff, parents and the community and it also achieved a very impressive plan and ranking for environmental sustainability."
White says the team will meet further with staff, parents and students to share the design and get more feedback, ahead of a full public presentation sometime in March
Construction is scheduled to start this spring, with the new school expected to be ready for students by the fall of 2014.
School District 46 is also moving forward with a review of options for housing students who are starting to overcrowd West Sechelt Elementary. White says the situation at West Sechelt is a product of some emerging demographic trends in the area. "Overall we're declining in enrollment on the Sunshine Coast," he says. "However, in West Sechelt in particular there is projected to be a growth in enrollment. We're already over capacity in that school. It's a small school that has space for 200 children and we're over that right now and because of new development that's projected in West Sechelt and the demographics of the neighbourhood in West Sechelt we're expecting that to rise significantly."
Recent input from the community suggests adding portables is a preferred option, while moving grade 7 students to Chatelech Secondary is the least favoured. White says both Chatelech and Kinnikinnick Elementary have extra space. The Board will be discussing its next steps at a Committee meeting next week.