K-12 Education Projects

Facilities Plan Update, North Vancouver School District, BC - 2013

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We prepared an update to a long-term comprehensive district-wide facilities plan for the North Vancouver School District we completed in 2007. Our revised enrolment forecasts were based on changes to the Official Community Plans for both the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. These changes as well as demographic changes resulted in anticipated modest enrolment growth in the medium term. In addition, our revised plan incorporated recent school closures as well as the implementation of full day kindergarten and other educational programs. Our assessment of assets referenced recent province-wide building assessments and analyses of seismic risk. We also examined the potential long-term need for unused school district property to determine the advisability of property disposal. Completed in 2013.

Area Study for Vanderhoof Schools, Vanderhoof, BC - 2013

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We were retained to conduct a study of schools in the Vanderhoof area — five elementary schools and a secondary school. The outcome of the project included a plan to optimize the utilization of school space in Vanderhoof as well as the identification of renewal or replacement priorities for all schools in the Vanderhoof area. Our work included presentation of the possible future scenarios to the Vanderhoof public. Completed in 2013.

Capacity for Argyle Secondary School, North Vancouver - 2013

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We were asked to establish the appropriate capacity for a major urban secondary school based on anticipated future enrolment and the status of adjacent secondary schools. Our work became part of a Project Definition Report for the proposed replacement or redevelopment of the school. We concluded that the school be built with an initial capacity for 1,200 students. In addition, we recommended that the design of the school show how the facility could be easily expanded by up to 300 additional spaces, and that the strategy for allowing future expansion could include building the core functions for a 1,500-space school. Completed in 2013.

Capital Development Program, Coquitlam School District, BC - 2013

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We were part of a multi-disciplinary consulting team retained by a large urban school district to help is pursue opportunities for facility replacement and renewal that could be accomplished by making the best use of the underlying value of existing surplus properties. Our roles on the team included updating the enrolment forecasts and refining the facilities plans for each area in the district recognizing opportunities as well as needs. Completed in 2013.

Project Identification, Seymour Heights Elementary School, North Vancouver - 2013

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Seymour Heights is one of three elementary schools where graduating students attend Windsor Secondary School. Once Seymour Heights is replaced or expanded, the school district intends to close one of the other schools. After estimating future enrolment and examining the other schools in the study area, we determined that Seymour Heights should have 26 classrooms. We estimated the cost and other aspects of three physical development options, and concluded that the best approach was to replace the school in its current location on the site. Completed in 2013.

Capital Plan Submission, Sooke School District, BC - 2012

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We assisted in the preparation and submission of the 2012/2013 Capital Plan for School District 62 (Sooke). We updated the enrolment and capacity utilization analysis for the school district facilities plan. This helped us to determine the highest priority capital projects involving the creation of additional capacity. We prepared and reviewed successive lists of capital projects, including seismic mitigation, mechanical upgrades, building envelope program and bus replacements as well as major new buildings. We prepared capital cost estimates for the major capital projects. We completed the capital plan submission using the Ministry of Education’s online system. Completed in 2012.