The excavation is done and the foundation has been poured for the new Gibsons Elementary School, signalling the end of phase one for the project.
“So now, through the fall months, there will be some walls going up and, of course, eventually a roof,” said superintendent of schools Patrick Bocking, who noted, “everything seems to be on schedule.”
Phase two contains the bulk of the work to construct the new school and ends in the spring of 2014 when students get to move in.
At that time, phase three to demolish the old school will begin and the entire project will be completed with parking and landscaping work during phase four in the summer of 2014.
Bocking said School District No. 46 (SD46) plans to keep the public informed with progress updates throughout the year through Coast Reporter and on the District website at www.sd46.bc.ca.
The current Gibsons Elementary School was built in 1950 and was slated for seismic upgrades, but a study done in 2007 showed that building a smaller, more energy efficient school on site would be more cost-effective.
In 2012 the province dedicated money to build that new school, and after much public consultation, SD46 selected Bouygues Building Canada Ltd. and KMBR Architects to take on the project for a fixed project price of $12.2 million.
The new school will have 14 classrooms with space for 300 students in grades 1 to 7 and 40 full-day kindergarten students.
The school will also feature a StrongStart Centre and a Neighbourhood Learning Centre providing year-round access for the community to things like early childhood development programs, health and wellness screening, a community kitchen, a community garden and a multi-purpose room.