BC Architect Firm to Bring Cutting-edge Design to Valleyview Secondary Expansion

Posted On Thursday May 23, 2019

A British Columbian firm with over 80 years of collective experience will design Valleyview Secondary’s $34.45 M expansion.

CHP Architects was one of seven firms who responded to the School District No. 73’s public request for proposal (RFP) for prime consultants.

“CHP has extensive experience in several areas of the province,” said Art McDonald, Director Facilities and Transportation, SD73. “We like the look of the work they have done and the experience they have in the sector.”

Based in Chilliwack, the firm’s projects have included the design for Canyon Falls Middle School in Kelowna and the H.S. Grenda Middle School in Lake Country as well as a recent upgrade and addition at Langley Secondary.  

Justin Dyck, a partner with CHP, says the firm is excited to be awarded the long-awaited expansion for Valleyview Secondary School and to work with educators, staff, and stakeholders to realize a vision suited to the Kamloops-Thompson School District.

“With a rapidly changing job market and educational curriculum, facilities have changed dramatically to prepare students for a 21st-century workplace,” Dyck said. “We are keen to share our knowledge of the most current and cutting-edge design practices in educational facilities and discovering a design solution that is efficient, effective and unique to Kamloops.” 

The Valleyview expansion, announced April 12, 2019, will bring the school’s capacity from 675 to 1,200 students. With 940 students currently at VSS, the addition will ensure the removal of the nine portables on the site by the time the project is complete. In September 2022.  

During the May 13, 2019 Board of Education meeting, Secretary-Treasurer Kelvin Stretch noted that Director McDonald was prepared with the RFP process in advance of the announcement which allowed him to complete the prime consultant selection process in a timely fashion. “From last month’s announcement to posting the RFP, selecting the firm, then getting board approval, it’s taken 31 days,” Stretch said.

Built to LEED Gold standards, the project will include 20 new classrooms, a new gymnasium, a multi-purpose space, special education classrooms, a new pick-up and drop-off area for buses, parking stalls and outdoor play areas.

SD73 is contributing $1.75 million towards the $34.45 million project. 


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