Capital Project Process

The Ministry of Education Capital Project Procurement Procedures establish the framework that the school district must follow for seismic and new school capital projects. This framework involves four stages.


Long Range Facilities Plan

    VSB Long-Range Facilities Plan for 10+ years.  

Project Identification Report (PIR)

   Preliminary assessment describing the general project rationale, potential project scope and order
   of magnitude costing.

Capital Plan

    Ministry of Education requirement to identify the planned projects for the next five years.

Seismic Project Identification Report (SPIR)

    Technical report which assesses structural mitigation measures for the existing building.


Project Definition Report (PDR)

Detailed examination of factors such as enrolment projections, possible seismic mitigation concepts, temporary accommodation needs, and project costing.  Typically three seismic mitigation concepts are investigated: upgrade of the existing building, partial replacement of the existing building, and full replacement.  This report recommends a preferred concept for approval, first by the Vancouver Board of Education and then by the Ministry of Education.  The design of the preferred concept does not take place at this stage (see Design Development).

Project Agreement

Once a Project Definition Report is approved by both the VBE and the Ministry, a Project Agreement outlining the project scope and funding is signed.


Design development consists of two stages.  The preliminary design takes into consideration the specific site and building characteristics, educational objectives, and budget.  Working drawings are then prepared to secure City of Vancouver development / building permits and as part of the tender package.


Once City of Vancouver permits are obtained, the project is publicly tendered.

Once the project is awarded to the successful bidder, construction begins.