The Kamloops-Thompson school district has awarded a contract to build the $34.5-million Valleyview secondary expansion to an Alberta construction company.
Site preparation work is well underway and construction on the new building will begin shortly, with completion of the project expected by September 2022.
Dawson Wallace Construction was given the contract after completion of a public tender process, with the school district noting the company is ranked consistently among the top 50 general contractors in Canada in Construct Connect’s (a construction-related publication) annual rankings. Last year, the company was listed in the top 20.
Dawson Wallace has offices in Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge and a newly established British Columbia office in Surrey.
The school expansion will see a new two-storey wing rise on to the east side of the original building and eat up about half of a sports field, increasing the school’s capacity from 675 students to 1,200 students.
With 940 students now attending Valleyview, the addition will result in the removal of nine portables on the site by the time the project is completed.
Built to LEED Gold standards, the project will add 20 classrooms, a new gymnasium, multi-purpose areas and new education spaces to the school. It will also have dedicated wall space projectors, gender-neutral private washrooms and change rooms and learning and gathering areas inside and outside the building.
Minister of Education Rob Fleming announced expansion of the school in April 2019 and detailed design plans were revealed by CHP Architects last November.
The Kamloops-Thompson school district is contributing $1.75 million toward the cost of the project, with the remaining $32.75 million covered by the provincial government.