New classrooms are being built across Chilliwack, bringing more than 2,000 new student seats to the district by September 2022.
The construction includes four major capital projects with two brand new schools and two major additions. The Chilliwack School District has kept the public informed with regular updates on its website. The March 2021 updates include photos and bullet points of the work recently completed to open up the additional rooms.
The total for all four projects is just over $ 105 million. About half of it is used for the Stitó: s Lá: lém Totí: lt elementary school.
It’s brand new school site along the Vedder River and Tyson Road that was built from scratch. The two-story school has now taken shape and will accommodate 930 students in the fall of 2022. It will also include a neighborhood learning center, similar to the partnership at Chilliwack Secondary.
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The first to go online is Imagine High Integrated Arts and Technology Secondary School, which will open to Grade 9 and 10 students in September. This project was carried out at a lower cost of an estimated $ 15.4 million as it largely repurposed a remainder of the former campus of the University of Fraser Valley North. A grammar school had to be built from scratch on the site, but the school also includes the old UFV theater on the round, which has been renovated and will play an important role in the arts and technology there.
The crews are working on the construction of Stitó: s Lá: lém Totí: lt near the Vedder River on Thursday April 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck / Chilliwack Progress)
They’re already installing wood cabinets, drywall, and paint as they near the opening day.
Imagine if the high administration has been working over the past year to meet all of the new students and their families through Zoom Meetings, and there are still some places available for 10th grade. Every year the school will add a higher class with a capacity of 600 places. There is also an outbuilding on site for an 8th grade art and technology cohort, which ties in with AD Rundle Middle and FG Leary Elementary for the artificial current.
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The capital projects include two additions, one at GW Graham Secondary and one at Vedder Elementary, both of which are expected to be completed by fall 2022.
GW Graham will get 450 new seats, reducing the number of portable devices required. The two-story building includes 18 new classrooms, including a commercial area, a robotic technology program, a shared covered outdoor area for teaching, and additional washrooms.
The project leaves room for even more expansion should this be necessary in the future as the neighborhoods in the catchment area continue to grow.
Recent work at GW Graham includes moving and edging the portable devices on site to create space to build.
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The preparatory work for the expansion of Vedder Elementary by 250 seats has started. The site has been excavated and foundations laid as the $ 12 million project progresses.
This will be a two-story extension with 10 rooms that will include multipurpose rooms, more parking spaces, and more washrooms.
To learn more about the capital projects and to track their progress, visit the Chilliwack School District website. Capital projects are listed on the Info tab.
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