The school is scheduled to open in September of this year and School District staff will begin moving in furniture and equipment in late June/early July.
As the weather starts to improve in April, work will begin on the completion of the site works. This will include preparation of the playing field and the various retaining walls, seating walls and sidewalks around the school.
Inside the school, the classroom wing is nearly complete, with the final coats of paint being applied and light fixtures and ceiling tiles being installed.
Drywall installation has started in the gymnasia, and steel stud framing is progressing well in the administration, library and theatre entrance area.
All of the roof framing is now complete, and there are only a few areas remaining to receive the base sheet of roof. This will be completed in early May . Exterior siding installation will start in late April/early May, when the materials arrive on site and the weather has improved.
Rough-in of mechanical and electrical systems is nearing completion in all areas. The installation of mechanical equipment such as air handling units and heating system pumps is currently underway.
The theatre catwalks have been installed, the lowest theatre slab has been poured and the seat area and steps are now being formed.
Main Atrium Area – Preparation for Drywall
Administration Area Windows Being Installed
Reception Area – Drywall Installation
This is the first in a series of monthly updates that SD70 will be posting to keep the people of Port Alberni up to date on the progress of the new ADSS school. Each month, we will also include a “monthly feature” which will highlight one of the unique and interesting aspects of the fantastic new school.
Trustees toured the new school site last week and were impressed with the progress being made inside the new school. The school is scheduled to open in September of this year, so the site will be a very busy place over the next few months.
While it may have appeared that activity slowed at the site over the last couple of months, it is mainly because the focus of the work has now shifted to the interior.
The Design Builder, Yellowridge Construction Ltd. has been working closely with the SD70 representatives to adhere to a detailed project schedule that takes into account the different levels of detailing and the time required for move-in and set up by the SD70 staff. This has resulted in the use of a phased approach, optimizing contractor resources and working to the SD70 timelines.
Preparation of the site and construction of the foundation took longer than anticipated, largely as a result unforeseen soil conditions. Nevertheless, all classrooms and instructional areas will be ready for occupancy in September.
The first area of the school to be completed will be the classrooms and shops. This area requires the highest degree of detail and finishing, and will require the most time to set up. The Yellowridge team has committed to delivering this portion of the project ahead of schedule.
Trustees were therefore pleased to see that these areas were already receiving their first coats of paint on the walls, and that the finishing of floors and ceilings was already underway.
The next area to be finished will be the main atrium space, the gyms, the library and community services portions of the building.
The last area to be finished will be the theatre. This area has sophisticated lighting, sound and communications systems and completion of this component will take place in the November.
SD 70 is also pleased that the project is on budget. Although there have been some contract changes resulting from fine tuning of the design and some unforeseen conditions on the site, the School District remains confident that the new school will be completed within the overall capital funding allocated for the project.
Tech Ed Shop
South Side of School
ood supplied to the manufacturer, StructureCraft, came from the Alberni Valley.