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. To review “What We Heard” through Phase One of public engagement, please review the Visioning Report below.
The District is continuing to consult through Spring 2022. An open house took place Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to gather input on specific site plans and accessibility. The next open house is planned for May 2022 and will focus on design plans.
The new school is scheduled to be completed by January 2025. The current school will remain open until the new school is constructed.
- 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 – March 3, 2022
- Public Open House #3 – Spring 2022
- 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.
*This survey closed at 4 p.m. on November 23, 2021
Media Release – Planning begins for new seismically safe Cedar Hill Middle School
Presentation – Public Information Session #1
“What We Heard” Visioning Report – December 2021
Media Release – Open House next week to plan for Cedar Hill Middle Replacement School
Display Boards – Public Open House – March 3, 2022