$92-million replacement for Eric Hamber Secondary School largest seismic project in Vancouver

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      The City of Vancouver has received an application to develop a replacement for the Eric Hamber Secondary School.

      The new and earthquake-safe school is going to cost around $92 million.

      According to the Vancouver board of education, the Eric Hamber school replacement is the “largest seismic project in Vancouver’s history”.

      The provincial government announced funding for a new school in June 2018.

      The amount of $79.3 million was allocated by the Ministry of Education. Additional funding was later sought due to rising construction costs.

      BIRD Design-Build Construction Inc. has sought permission with the city to build a four-storey school on behalf of the school board.

      The replacement school is expected to ready for the opening of school year 2023.

      Meanwhile, the old school will remain open to accommodate students from other schools that will undergo seismic upgrades.

      Seismic upgrading projects for Vancouver schools are anticipated to finish in 2030.

      “Once the existing school is no longer required as a swing site, the intention is to demolish the school and build a playing field,” according to the design rationale that forms part of the development application.

      The new school will have a combined floor area of about 18,800 square metres.

      It will serve Grades 8 to 12 students numbering around 1,700. A 69-space childcare centre funded by the City of Vancouver will be located on the roof level.

      According to the school board, the new school will include an auditorium with a maximum capacity of 350 seats.

      Eric Hamber is a West Side school. Its site is bounded by West 33rd Avenue to the north, Willow Street to the east, Oak Street to the west, and Oak Meadows Park to the south.

      Across Oak Street is Van Dusen Gardens.

      The existing school is on the southeast portion of the site.

      The replacement school will be built on the northwest portion of the property.

      “A civic presence is provided by the formal façade fronting West 33rd where the main entrance is located,” according to the project’s design rationale.

      A virtual open house is scheduled to be held from July 13 to July 19, 2020. Details here.

      The city will receive comments from the public about the Eric Hamber replacement project until July 27.

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