Kamloops-Thompson school district staff are identifying the spring of 2020 as a possible target for shovels to break ground on the $34.5-million expansion at Valleyview secondary.
Superintendent Alison Sidow said the district is waiting on the second draft of the architectural plan.
The current draft document includes adding a new wing with a second floor and a second gymnasium, Sidow told KTW.
“But that is very preliminary,” she said.
Chilliwack-based CHP Architects was chosen to design the expansion project this past spring.
Sidow said there was an initial consultation with VSS staff this past spring and they have had an opportunity to look at initial plans and offer feedback.
“I think staff had some questions around where the best place for certain classrooms should be — for instance, where should the science wing be, was the shop in the right place,” Sidow said.
She said once the design plans are completed, they will be released publicly.
The Valleyview expansion, announced on April 12, will bring the school’s capacity from 675 to 1,200 students. With 940 students now at VSS, the addition will result in the removal of the nine portables on the site by the time the project is completed in September 2022.
Thirty-one days passed from the day of the funding announcement to selection of the design firm.
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.