A virtual tour of what the expansion at Valleyview secondary will look like once completed in 2022 has been released by School District 73.
Chilliwack-based CHP Architects, the firm designing the expansion, unveiled the nearly three-minute video showcasing the design concept for the $34.5-million expansion project to school staff and a few students.
The expansion will add 20 classrooms, a new gymnasium, new main entry, a multi-purpose space, a special-education classrooms, a new pick-up and drop-off area for buses, parking stalls and outdoor play areas.
It will also have dedicated wall space projectors, gender-neutral private washrooms, change rooms and gathering areas both inside and outside the building.
“I am so pleased to see the concept incorporates healthy and inclusive spaces for our kids,” Valleyview principal Barb Hamblett said. “As educators, we know how important it is to have multiple gathering places for kids as well as change rooms and washrooms that reflect society’s current values.”
SD73 facilities director Art McDonald said the design incorporates about 75 per cent of requests that were made by a group of students and staff who saw the plans in June.
The expansion Valleyview of 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 told KTW.
According to CHP project manager Justin Dyck, instead of individual classrooms that open onto a hallway, there will be learning pods with space for learning assistance help rooms and more collaborative space in the designs.
“It will feel so much more relaxed, with seating areas. The mood will be so much brighter,” Valleyview Grade 11 student Jessica Orr said.
About 60 per cent of the detailed design plans have been completed, meaning the concept shown in the video is still subject to change.
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.