School District 79 (Cowichan Valley) Projects

Maple Bay and Elsie Miles Elementary Schools, Maple Bay and Shawnigan Lake, BC - 1999

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Elsie Miles Elementary School in Shawnigan Lake is a four classroom K-1 primary school that serves as an annex for another nearby elementary school. Many functions are accommodated in portables. Maple Bay Elementary School houses approximately 200 students in Grades K-6. We conducted Level Two Facility Audits of the schools, in support of an application for capital funding to replace both facilities. Our approach was according to Ministry of Education guidelines. Completed in 1999.

Quamichan Junior Secondary School, Duncan, BC - 1997

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Level Two Facility Audit of a secondary school with a capacity of 450 students in Grades 7 to 9. Our approach was according to Ministry of Education guidelines. Completed in 1997.

Chemainus Area Schools Study, BC - 1997

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The School District received approval to replace Chemainus Secondary School, but had higher construction priorities. We explored alternative approaches to meet priorities in the North End of the District, while pursuing the objective of moving to a middle school grade configuration. Our work included facility audits of all five schools in the area, enrolment forecasts, definition of alternative scenarios, and evaluation of the most promising building development options. The District subsequently received approval to replace Chemainus Elementary and redevelop Chemainus Secondary. Completed in 1997.

Bench Elementary Area Study, Cowichan Bay, BC - 1997

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Bench Elementary is overcrowded. A private developer has expressed interest in providing a new elementary school as part of a proposed new subdivision. We assessed this proposal in relation to alternative approaches to meeting the needs in the Bench catchment area. Our work included a facility audit of the existing school, enrolment forecasts, definition of a range of development possibilities, and evaluation of the options. The options included a new school as part of the new subdivision, redevelopment of the existing Bench Elementary, and a combination of both. The District subsequently received approval to expand the school. Completed in 1997.