Help is on the way for the overcrowded Seven Oaks School Division in northwest Winnipeg.
A new school is currently under construction in the area that will help to relieve congestion in one of Winnipeg’s fastest-growing residential areas.
Work began on the $20-million, 56,000-square-foot school last summer.
Located on a 10-acre site, the kindergarten to Grade 8 school is intended to house 450 students initially with an expansion capacity of up to 600 students.
It will also house a child-care centre for 20 infants and 54 preschool children.
Brian O’Leary, the school division’s long-time superintendent, reports the school’s design mirrors that of the last couple of schools that the division has built.
“We have planned for larger classrooms and a lot of natural light,” he says.
The contractor is Parkwest Projects Ltd., a family-owned and operated contracting firm specializing in commercial construction projects.
Three years ago, the contractor previously built for the Seven Oaks School Division Rivière Rouge, a kindergarten to Grade 8 French Immersion school, which featured an energy efficient building with an advanced geothermal system, a masonry structure and educational components built into the construction of the floors and exterior walls. The new school will follow the same plan.
The new school is scheduled to be complete and open for students by September 2020.
“This should be a good facility for the community,” O’Leary says.