Hamber PAC has written a letter (click here) to the Minister of Education expressing concerns regarding the deficiencies of the new school design. We encourage everyone to do the same. Let’s make some noise so that our concerns are heard. Please write to:
The Honourable Rob Fleming, Minister of Education EDUC.Minister@gov.bc.ca
The Honourable George Heyman, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview email@example.com
Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman, Vancouver School Board firstname.lastname@example.org
With copy to All VSB Trustees:
Janet Fraser, Chairperson email@example.com
Fraser Ballantyne, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lois Chan-Pedley, email@example.com
Carmen Cho, firstname.lastname@example.org
Estrellita Gonzalez, email@example.com
Oliver Hanson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barb Parrott, email@example.com
Jennifer Reddy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, a petition has been started on Change.org, we highly recommend everyone to sign there as well.
If you missed the Public Info Session on Jan 11th, the display boards can be viewed HERE. The VSB is asking for your feedback by completing their survey before Jan 25. To ensure that your completed comment sections are viewed by the Ministry of Education, we recommend that you also send a copy to EDUC.Minister@gov.bc.ca .
Your support is needed at the VSB Facilities Planning Committee on Jan 23rd at 5:00pm. Go to VSB Education Centre Room 180, 1580 West Broadway, in Hamber colours or Hamber spirit wear to show that you want VSB to GET SEISMIC RIGHT! This meeting is open to public.
And a special thanks to Patti Bacchus for her well written article in the Georgia Straight about the Hamber seismic project.
SEISMIC REPLACEMENT SCHOOL INFO :
Here’s what we know:
The Ministry of Education is providing $79.3 million to fully replace our school. It will be the largest seismic project in Vancouver’s history.
The new seismically safe Eric Hamber will be built next to the existing school on the northwest corner of the site. Students will remain in the existing school during construction.
The new school will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards. LEED gold schools are healthy, high-performance learning environments that include sustainable low-toxic materials, natural light, abundant fresh air, energy conservation, and reduced demand on local landfills.
Construction was slated to begin in summer 2020, with completion in fall 2022, but that date has been moved up as estimated construction costs continue to grow by 1% every month. Construction will now begin in January 2020, with a targeted completion date in early 2022.
From 2022-2032, the existing Eric Hamber will be used as swing space to accommodate future schools undergoing seismic upgrades. After that time, the old structure will be torn down.
Eric Hamber Secondary’s Seismic Replacement School VSB School Advisory Group consists of Eric Hamber’s Administration, as well as teacher, support staff, VBE, PAC, and student representatives. All Eric Hamber Department Heads have provided input to the Vancouver Project Office (VPO) on the functional requirements and needs of the each of their respective departments.
The new school will be built to accommodate 1,700 students, the same capacity of the existing school. The actual physical space will be 26% less than the existing school.
The Neighbourhood Learning Centre allocation is 0%, but there will be a child care facility in the new school.
The interior design will reflect recent VSB builds like Kitsilano and University Hill Secondary. Floorplans will support 21stcentury learning with flexible spaces, open concepts with multi-purpose spaces, and movable furniture. There will be” huddle spaces” in the halls with half-sized lockers, built-in seating, microwaves and sinks.
The current design for the new Eric Hamber does not include an auditorium. The drama studio and fashion program space will both be substantially reduced. The new school may not include a servery. There will be a dance studio and a band room.
Storage spaces will be substantially reduced in the new school. There will be very limited storage for musical instruments and sports equipment for example.
The allocated gym space in the new school will be reduced by 19% from what it is currently. This reduction does not allow for the current number of PE classes to be scheduled in proper gym facilities.
In addition, there will not be a track or a football field on site for at least 10 years while the old school is being used.
The field in the northwest corner at 33rd and Willow will be turned into a parking lot.
Jules Verne Secondary will continue to use Oak Meadows as their outdoor space.
Because the useable onsite outdoor space will be very limited and over-used, other neighbourhood fields and sports facilities may be utilized.
The cost to build an auditorium and increased gym space is 6 million dollars.