Progress made on expansion plans for VSS

School District 73 has completed about a third of the detailed design process for the expansion of Valleyview secondary — expected to break ground in the spring of 2020.

“If you’ve done nothing you’re at zero per cent, when you’re ready to put the project out to tender for contractors to price it you’re at 100 per cent design,” Art McDonald, SD73 facilities director, told KTW.

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He said the process is 30 per cent complete, which means the rough building footprint and site configuration figured out.

“There’s just a whole bunch more detail that keeps getting added to the drawings as we go through,” he said, noting that by the time they’re picking the paint colours the expansion design will be about 90 per cent complete.

The $34.5-million expansion project will see a new two-storey wing rise on to the east side of the original building, which will eat up about half of a sports field, McDonald said.

Chilliwack-based CHP Architects was chosen to design the expansion project. The plans are expected to be released publicly once complete.

The Valleyview expansion, announced this past April, will nearly double the school’s capacity from 675 to 1,200 students. With 940 students now at VSS, the addition will result in the removal of nine portables on the site by the time the project is completed in September 2022.

Built to LEED Gold standards, the project will include 20 new classrooms, a new gymnasium, a multi-purpose space, special-education classrooms, a new pick-up and drop-off area for buses, parking stalls and outdoor play areas.

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.

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