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Senior School Construction Update - October 21, 2021 
Dear St. George’s Community:

What an exciting time to arrive as a Head of School at St. George’s!  As I look out my office window (literally), I am in awe of the amount of construction work taking place. Two towering cranes, three large excavators, multiple dump trucks, dozens of workers, and several concrete trucks are all in action today!  Having been involved in school building projects elsewhere, I am well aware of the incredible time, dedication, and money that has been invested by our whole community to get to this active stage. I have learned that this project was first conceived ten years ago as the School sought to imagine what teaching and learning might look like in the decades ahead. I am so excited that the buildings we are constructing today will serve generations of students to come. Our hope is that these spaces will continue to inspire students and help them become the most relevant and engaged citizens ever.  

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 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 a venue for Assemblies and special occasions, including Graduation and Remembrance Day.   Our expectation is that the doors on all three buildings will open to students during the 2023-24 school year.

Currently, work is well underway on the foundations and parking garage level of the two academic buildings. The large U-shaped parkade links both buildings and is an important part of the project that will decrease pressures on the existing parking area and surrounding streets.  By Christmas, we expect that the parking level will be complete and over the course of winter and spring the four level concrete super-structures will be constructed. By spring 2022, we expect work on the dining/gathering hall foundations to begin. That building has no basement or underground parking, so we expect it will go more quickly. The mass timber structure of the dining/gathering building will be largely prefabricated and then erected over the drier summer months. September 2022 should be an exciting milestone, with the structures of all three buildings being complete. Then the work will slow somewhat with attention to the many tasks of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and interior/exterior finishing, etc. 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 the project. If you have not yet had an opportunity to participate as a donor to this transformative project, 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.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. David Young
 

Head of School
 

General Inquiries

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    Neil Piller 

    Director of Operations
    (604) 221 3913

Dunbar Community Engagement Timeline

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  • 2012

    February 28, 2012: Introduction of process to Dunbar Residents Association.

    March 28, 2012:
     Initial meeting to discuss process and garner feedback from Good Neighbour Pledge Committee and immediate neighbours.

    March 28, 2012:
     Introduce master planning process and garner land use feedback from broader Dunbar Community.

    June 19, 2012:
     Open House for Dunbar community. Introduced first draft drawings of master plan.

    June 27, 2012:
     Meeting with Good Neighbour Committee to discuss drafts of plan.

    November 28, 2012:
     Open House for Dunbar community. Approximately 800 invites sent out. Presented Campus Master plan adopted by St. George's Board.

    November 29, 2012:
     Open house for School Community (parents, alumni, etc.)
  • 2013

    January 15, 2013: Meeting with Dunbar Residents Association to present Campus Master Plan overview and process.

    June 2013: Article on Campus Master Plan in Dunbar Residents Association newsletter.

    October 28, 2013:
     Open House for Dunbar community. Approximately 800 invites distributed. City of Vancouver staff present to listen to feedback.
  • 2014

    February 18, 2014: Meeting with Dunbar Residents Association to provide rezoning update.

    September 22, 2014: City-led Open House concerning St. George's School's Senior School Rezoning.

    November 3, 2014: Neighbourhood Transportation Committee established in partnership with City of Vancouver Engineering.

    December 10, 2014: City of Vancouver Urban Design panel review.
  • 2016

    October 19–22, 2016: Update on Rezoning Application to immediate neighbours.
  • 2017

    April 28, 2017: City-led Open House concerning St. George's School's Senior School Rezoning.
  • 2018

    July 18, 2018: Public Hearing at City hall concerning St. George's School's Senior School Rezoning Application.
  • 2019

    March 4, 2019: Open House for Dunbar community. Current Master Plan and community impact for new senior campus debuted to public.
  • 2020

    March 2020
    Community Groundbreaking Ceremony

    March 6, 2020: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Phase 1 of the new Senior School Campus

Campus Master Plan Updates

List of 8 items.

  • Rezoning information from the Headmaster and the Boards

    February 2017
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  • Senior Campus Rezoning Update

    February 2017
    Read More
  • Senior School Campus Master Plan Update

    May 2016
    Read More
  • Update in Dunbar Residents' Association Newsletter

    January 2015
    Read More
  • Connecting the Strategic Plan to a Campus Master Plan

    February 2014
    Read More
  • Rezoning Application Submitted

     January 2014
    Read More
  • Campus Master Plan Update

    October 2013
    Read More
  • Update on the Facilities Review and Campus Master Planning Process

    March 2012
    Read More
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