CaDCR staff writer
Construction has started on a new $52.5 million Oak Bay High school on Vancouver Island.
The project cost includes a $1 million contribution from the District of Oak Bay towards a performing arts facility for school and community use. The school district is also contributing $1.1 million from its local capital reserves for 100 spaces for international students. In total, the school will accommodate up to 1,300 students in grades 9 through 12.
Farmer Construction Ltd., with design partner Hughes Condon Marler, won the fixed-price competition co-ordinated by the provincial Partnerships B.C. agency. The local contractor’s proposal was accepted over two other shortlisted finalists.
“The Greater Victoria School District is thrilled to be working with a local construction company that has an exemplary reputation both locally and provincially,” said Peg Orcherton, chair of the Greater Victoria Board of Education. The project is expected to result in more than 100 full-time construction jobs before it is completed in August, 2015.
The school will be designed to meet the latest seismic construction and LEED Gold or equivalent environmental standards.