Dear St. George’s Community:
The past twelve months have been a very exciting time at St. George’s School as we watched our new Senior School buildings emerge from the ground. In the fall, we were excited to see the deep excavation for the parking garage take shape as concrete walls were poured and then capped off with the floor of the first level. Next came the above-ground structures: first the west academic building, then the east building. By early August, both concrete structures were completed up to the roof and most of the vertical concrete in the new dining hall was finished. Suddenly, we are able to see the vision for the new campus realized. It is really exciting to witness!
For those who are not familiar with the current phase of the Senior School’s redevelopment, we are creating a new “heart” for the Senior School that will consist of a quadrangle where students can congregate surrounded by three magnificent buildings. The two academic buildings will house all of the academic departments and programs, apart from Music, Drama, PE, and Athletics. There will be a wonderful Student Centre occupying the entire ground floor of the west building and a beautiful new Visual Arts Centre. The third building is a multi-purpose facility that will function as a dining room and a venue for assemblies and special occasions, including our Remembrance Day and Graduation ceremonies.
Construction has now shifted to the exterior cladding and glazing of the west building. The mechanical and electrical contractors are installing the buildings’ infrastructure, and the partition walls between offices and classroom areas are well underway. Our hope is that the buildings will be sealed from the winter weather by late fall, and that over the cold, wet months the interior finishing will be completed. The mass-timber wood structure of the dining hall will be erected in October, and by spring we expect to see much of the interior and exterior finishing completed. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to actually using the spaces for learning in the fall of 2023 and welcoming our community to them.
If you, or those you know who share a love for St. George’s School, are interested in monitoring the progress, feel free to enjoy the webcam and timelapse linked HERE.
I thank you in advance for your support of this transformational project. If you have not yet had an opportunity to participate as a donor, please consider a conversation with our Advancement team.
We also thank you for your patience as we navigate the challenges of a busy construction site adjacent to a very active school. Your efforts to minimize your impact on our traffic shows your respect and care for our neighbours who are graciously dealing with the increased impact on them. If you have any questions about the project or how you can be part of this transformational undertaking, please reach out to myself or our teams in Operations and Advancement.