WINNIPEG – The Province of Manitoba has started construction on two schools in southwest Winnipeg.
The province marked the beginning of construction that will serve the Waverley West (Bison Run) student population with a groundbreaking ceremony for a high school. Construction on a planned elementary school began in August, a government release stated.
“Today’s announcement provides the growing community of Waverley West safe educational spaces for their students,” provincial Education Minister Cliff Cullen said in a statement.
The province and Pembina Trails School Division are working together on the 21-acre high school campus at Waverley West with an initial investment of $67.8 million by the province towards construction.
The two-storey, 81,400-square-foot elementary school will have an overall capacity of 800 students with a target completion date of December 2022, Cullen said. The three-storey, 116,950-square-foot high school has capacity for 1,200 students and is scheduled for completion in June 2023, he added. The design will also feature a centralized, safe common area facilitating bus and parent drop-off.
“Excitement and anticipation for the two new schools in Bison Run has been building for some time in Pembina Trails School Division. This official sod-turning event is a true celebration for us. We eagerly await welcoming students into these new learning spaces,” board of trustees chair Kathleen McMillan stated.
Both schools are targeting LEED Silver certification and will be co-located with the first phase of the City of Winnipeg’s recently announced South Winnipeg Recreation Campus which involves a multi-use, multi-generational recreation centre with gymnasiums, multipurpose rooms, fitness space, a walking/running track, a day care, a vocational building and adjacent site development. Together, the two schools and South Winnipeg Recreation Campus will form a community campus for the residents of Waverley West, the release stated.