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VSB is working to ensure all students attend seismically safe schools as quickly as possible. We are protecting our students and minimizing potential damages that may happen in the unfortunate event of an earthquake.
In June 2018, the provincial government announced funding for the replacement of Eric Hamber Secondary School. The Ministry of Education allocated $79.3 million to fully replace Hamber Secondary. This will be the largest seismic project in Vancouver’s history and the second-largest school construction project in the province.
The existing school has served students and the neighbouring community well since 1962, but the facility does not meet current seismic standards and presents a high-seismic risk in the event of an earthquake. The new school will have room for up to 1,700 students and will be designed to meet today’s standards for modern learning.
We are commited to preserving the integrity of Eric Hamber while ensuring a safe future throught the following project values.
To see a detailed timeline of the seismic process, please click here.
In May 2019 the Vancouver Project Office Steering Committee (comprised of senior staff from the Ministry of Education and the District) asked the provincial government for additional funding due to the unforeseen rise of construction prices. The project would not have sufficient funding otherwise to build a replacement school as originally approved. Over the summer, the School Advisory Group (SAG) was informed that the Ministry of Education approved to cover the escalation costs so the District can move ahead with building a new seismically safe school. As a result, the project is now anticipated to be complete in September 2023.
In September 2019, the Province of B.C. informed the District that additional funding has been secured for a Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC), which will be dedicated to an auditorium. The project team is currently working to develop the specifications of the new auditorium, which is expected to be a maximum of 350-seats.
The project team has shortlisted proponents to design and build the new replacement school and is currently part way through the RFP process. A final proponent is expected to be selected by spring 2020.
As we moved ahead with design and construction of the project, the District will continue to work closely with the Hamber School Advisory Group, who are made up of representatives from teachers, parents, students and District staff.
What We’ve Heard
We are committed to working with the school community to design a replacement school that meets the needs of the students while minimizing construction impacts. Your feedback matters!
We have formed a School Advisory Group (SAG) with representatives from parents, students and teachers who provide input as the project progresses. The group has already participated in site tours, visioning sessions and multiple focus group sessions to help gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements of the school community. The SAG will continue to meet on a regular basis.
Additionally, a Public Information Session was held on January 11, 2019. Display boards from this information session can be found here. Feedback was received online from January 11, 2019 to January 25, 2019. Read the summary report here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We understand there are many questions and concerns about the Hamber replacement school. We've heard from the school community and as a result developed a compressive list of FAQs, covering funding, to future school capacity and the size of the school. Click here to see the full list of questions and answers.
Parents and staff may direct questions to the Principal, who is a member of the seismic project team. The principal’s contact information can be found here.