A green roof for Heritage middle school, a learning commons for James Park elementary and an aboriginal welcome centre for Pitt River middle school — those are just some of the innovations being considered for new Tri-City public schools slated for construction in the coming months.
New schools are now expected to be built to the highest environmental (LEED Gold) standards and districts can get extra funds for including neighbourhood learning centres. School District 43 is taking advantage of both of these provincial policies with a construction program worth millions of dollars.
First out of the gate will be Port Coquitlam’s James Park elementary school, a $12.5-million replacement project awaiting city approval.
Carey Chute, SD43’s principal of facilities initiatives, said the new James Park school will have a learning commons, which is an open area for multi-disciplinary learning leading on to a patio, and will incorporate attractive architectural features such as B.C. wood and lots of glass to let in natural light. (Visit www.grantandsinclair.ca/projects and look for the James Park link under “Work in Progress.”)