Planning begins for new seismically safe Cedar Hill Middle School

The Greater Victoria School District is in the early stages of planning for a new school for Cedar Hill Middle and is asking the school community and neighbourhood to be involved in the design process. The current school has an H-1 seismic ranking, the highest level of priority need and needs to be replaced.

In July 2021, the Province announced $42.9 million for a low-carbon, seismic replacement for Cedar Hill Middle. The District will contribute another $3.6 million, bringing the project total to $46.5 million.

The new building, serving 575 students, will be designed and constructed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and exceed LEED Gold Equivalent design, with more efficient heat pumps, and displacement ventilation in classrooms. These temperature and air systems will use renewable BC Hydro energy to minimize the use of natural gas and other fossil fuels.

The new school will set a new standard for sustainability in the District while providing facilities tailored to the needs of modern-day learning and student and staff well-being. It will also include a neighbourhood learning centre for additional community programming space.

The school community and broader public will be asked for input at three stages of design. The District hosted an online information session to discuss the scope of the project, public engagement, timelines and potential use and design features for consideration on November 9, 2021. An online survey was launched following the information session.

“We are just at the beginning of the process. Over the coming months, the District will be engaging students, staff, parents, Rightsholders, community members, and other stakeholders to help shape plans for the new Cedar Hill Middle School,” said Board Chair, Ann Whiteaker. “We believe that success in planning a new school comes from listening and understanding the diverse wants and needs of the current and future school community. These ideas will help inform the overall design and the educational spaces that will benefit students and staff for years to come.”

The District will continue to consult in the coming months on design and other potential amenities.

The new school is scheduled to be completed by January 2025. The current school will remain open until the new school is constructed.

Engagement Timeline

  • Public Information Session #1 – November 9, 2021
  • Survey Open – November 9–23, 2021
  • On-going Engagement with School Community – November to February 2022
  • “What We Heard” Summary Report to the Board – December 2021
  • Public Open House #2 – Late February 2021
  • Public Open House #3 – March 2021
  • Summary Engagement Report to the Board – Spring 2022
  • Board Approves School Design – Spring 2022
  • Application for Building Permit – June 2022
  • Board and Ministry Approval of Detailed Design – November 2022
  • Tender Phase – December 2022
  • Construction Starts – February 2023
  • School Completion – Expected 2025

Online Information Session

To review the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

Survey

To participate in the survey, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CedarHillSurvey

*This survey will close at 4 p.m. on November 23, 2021

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