At the recent Halton District School Board meeting on September 20, 2017, the firm of Snyder Architects Inc. was appointed to participate on the committees related to school consolidation, develop a variety of options, as well as prepare the design details and project manage the facility modifications needed to address the Burlington PAR outcomes for M.M. Robinson and Nelson High Schools.
The project has specified timelines that schedule the work over several years. The Steering Committee will undertake a process in consultation with Snyder Architects Inc. to determine the final plans for each school. The timeline will align with the initiation of school integration committees and discussion around program changes, which will necessitate modifications to existing school buildings.
As previously communicated, the Board is committed to continuing the PAR Implementation plan, while cognizant of the ongoing Administrative Review by the Ministry of Education.
“The planning for and design of these facilities requires thoughtful consideration to meet the needs of our students, and therefore the input of an architect at this initial stage is integral,” said Gerry Cullen, Superintendent of Facilities Service for the Board.
Financing for the entire project has been requested from the Ministry in the 2017 Capital Priorities. The Board has the ability to stop the work at various stages of the project, if required.
Snyder Architects Inc. has successfully completed many projects for the Board, including new school construction (e.g., Martin Street PS, Oodenawi PS, Tiger Jeet Singh PS, P.L. Robertson PS), as well as additions/renovations of our schools (e.g., Alton Village PS, Georgetown District HS).
“As a Board, we are committed to working with the students, staff and the community to support the facilities’ enhancements resulting from the Burlington Secondary School Program and Accommodation Review,” adds Cullen.
Please visit the Board’s website at www.hdsb.ca to remain informed throughout the process about timelines, progress updates and opportunities for involvement and input.