Through a Pupil Accommodation Review Process, a committee of community stakeholders supported the idea of consolidating the Armour Heights and King George Public School students into one new school on the King George property. During the review process, it became clear that the community was passionate about the potential opportunities of a new school.
The Minister of Education visited King George Public School on October 31, 2016 to announce Ministry funding to build the new school. Following the announcement, we invited the Ashburnham community to share their thoughts, to help inform the design of their new school.
School Architect Selection
Over the past few months, the school board has coordinated an Architect Selection process to find an innovative architect to design our new school. A two-phased competitive design process was used to first create a short list of the highest scoring firms, and then ultimately choose the best architect for our new school design. Competing firms provided evidence of their experience and ability to incorporate green/sustainable features, create modern learning environments, develop innovative site and building designs and bring together two or more student populations.
Through this process, Moffet and Duncan Architects was awarded the contract to design our new school. Moffet and Duncan Architects have designed 20 secondary schools, over 100 elementary schools and 20 child care centres for many school boards across Ontario, in the last 15 years. They have extensive experience designing sustainable/green features of school buildings and outdoor learning spaces, and in creating flexible, modern learning environments that support the principles of 21st century learning. Their submission reflected suggestions for innovative use of the site, and a strong emphasis on the incorporation of natural light and flexible indoor and outdoor learning spaces.
Our next step is to meet with the architect to help create the final school design. We will continue to focus on incorporating key design features, as identified by the Accommodation Review Committee, supported by the Board of Trustees, and expanded upon by the #EastCitySchool school design collaboration and focus group session participants.
Our new school is scheduled to open September 2019 and will include both English and French Immersion streams. The unique natural environment of the King George property represents an opportunity to build an innovative school that features 21st century learning environments, sustainable design, integration of indoor and outdoor learning environments, a child care facility and natural play spaces.
We are looking forward to working with our architect to create an amazing new school, and will share the design with everyone this fall.
Building Our New School
The projected timelines for the school design and build are as follows:
|Request for Architectural Suppliers and Review of Proposals||February - June, 2017|
|Architectural Contract to be Awarded||by June 30, 2017|
|Schematic Design Phase||July-August 2017|
|Working Drawings/Consultation with Design Committee Phase||September 2017 to March 2018|
|Project Tender Process||March-April 2018|
|School Construction||May 2018 to August 2019|
|School Opening||September 2019|
About the Community Collaboration
In the fall of 2016, the school board invited community collaboration, through an online platform, in three key areas that were identified during the accommodation review process. The community could share their own ideas and see the ideas shared by others.
Over 100 ideas and thoughts were provided through the online platform! You can view the ideas provided by the community, by clicking here.
A stakeholder group of students, staff, parents and community members met in December 2016 to review the ideas provided, and synthesize them, to be used to inform the selection process for the school's architectural team.
Watch for more updates as we move forward!
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