What's Next: The Board of Education will consider the proposed motion on Monday December 21, 2009.
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT the Board of Trustees endorse the proposed conceptual program and recommendations presented in the Queen Mary NCLD Space Program Report prepared by Brooks and Associates and authorize staff to proceed to project identification and definition of an optimal design solution.
On December 8th 2009, VSB Committee II reviewed the NCLD consultation feedback and recommendations provided by Brooks and Associates in the Queen Mary NCLD Space Program Report.
The proposed conceptual space program, and the feedback generated through the consultation process, would be utilized by a design team as the "template" to investigate seismic mitigation options (full upgrade, partial replacement / partial upgrade, full replacement). It should also be noted that the optimal design solution will include consideration of 21st century educational school design principles, seismic safety, comprehensive building audit / life cycle analysis, heritage and sustainability.
Following the selection of a prime consultant, work would begin on the Project Definition and assessment process leading to the identification of an Optimal Design Solution. The general intent is to proceed with this work in winter / spring 2010 so that the school district would be in a position to request finalization of a capital project agreement with the Ministry of Education by June 2010.
There will be future opportunities for school and community input during the next phase of assessing project definition options.
Background on NCLD projects:
The NCLD Project is part of the Provincial Seismic Mitigation Program which has the objective to optimize the use of upgraded school facilities by bringing together education and community services in a single neighbourhood hub.
An enhanced NCLD school can be used for services such as early learning or child-care programs, office or meeting rooms for non-profit organizations, health clinics, sports programs, family resource or seniors' centres, industry training, or branch libraries.
Vancouver school district was the first to create three Neighbourhoods of Learning Model Schools by partnering with the Province of British Columbia. Queen Mary Elementary, General Gordon Elementary and Lord Strathcona Elementary - Vancouver's oldest school - will undergo renovations to restore their historical buildings or replacement, and will include services on site that will benefit students and the community. For more information see:Ministry of Education website
Open House - Community Consultation
An Open House was held at Queen Mary on Oct 20, 2009 to obtain community feedback on the proposed NCLD program and space allocation. Due to the size of the 23 page document it has been divided into three documents for ease in downloading.
Open House Boards
Part One (15 pages)
Part Two (5 pages)
Part Three (4 pages)
Queen Mary Vision
In Spring 2009 the district held three visioning sessions intended to bring the school communities together with local and provincial agencies in order to develop a vision for the Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD). The vision is a starting point for planning a renewed school.
Through this session, participants were given an opportunity to discuss potential synergies between the agencies and school to see how they might work together in a future NCLD.
Queen Mary Visioning Session Summary Report