May 18, 2021
We are writing to provide you with the good news that at long last we have obtained our final permit from the City and are about to begin construction of our new Senior School!
A decade in the making, this project is truly transformational. Creating a new heart for the Senior School, it will consist of three magnificent buildings gathered around a quadrangle. The two academic buildings will house all of the Senior School’s academic departments and programs apart from Music, Drama, PE, and Athletics, and it also will include a wonderful Student Centre occupying an entire floor and a fantastic new Visual Arts Centre. The third building is a multi-purpose facility that will function as a dining room and venue for Assemblies and special occasions, including Graduation and Remembrance Day. Our understanding is that the project will take approximately 30 months to complete and will be open, hopefully, for the start of the 2023-24 school year. Additional information on the project and the ONE+ Campaign can be obtained HERE.Over the next few weeks, you can expect to see the arrival of more equipment and workers on site as the crew prepares to start digging the hole for the underground parkade and foundations. One of the first tasks will be to prepare new connections for new utility connections and driveway accesses. The City is requiring a new large sewer connection and widened west driveway so, unfortunately, you will see the contractor removing a number of trees along the west driveway and a few along Camosun Street. Complete information on the tree removals and the replacement trees may be found HERE.With the commencement of construction, we ask that you please respect and follow these site rules to help us all remain safe and minimize disruptions for neighbours and commuters.
- Under no circumstances, should you enter the fenced construction area.
- Whenever possible, avoid the intersection at Camosun and West 29th Avenue, most especially during pick up and drop off. If you are dropping off, try stopping a block or two away and allow your son to walk the final distance.
- Respect all City and School traffic signs. Do not stop or park in no stopping / no parking areas.
- Do not park in front of residents’ homes.
- Obey all directions from staff directing traffic.
- Be aware that large trucks and equipment operating in the area may have limited visibility. Although you can see them, they may NOT see you, so allow them to pass before crossing the street or entering an intersection with a car.As St. George’s moves forward with this exciting project, we would like to extend our appreciation to the entire community for its ongoing support and cooperation.Sincerely yours,
Dr. Tom Matthews
Mr. Michael Skene '85
Board ChairFor a record of all previous updates, please see our Update Archive.