Plans are within the works for the largest-ever seismic improve of a B.C. college, however some dad and mom are already expressing issues.

The $80-million challenge was introduced again in June, and development is slated to start in 2020.

Eric Hamber Secondary’s 1,700 college students would stay in the old fashioned whereas the brand new facility is constructed, with development of the LEED gold facility to be accomplished by 2022.

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On Friday, dad and mom had been invited to an data session, with many saying they didn’t like what they noticed.

The key subject is what gained’t be included within the challenge.

Based on the Hamber Mother or father Advisory Council (PAC), the brand new 15,000-square-metre constructing shall be 26 per cent smaller than the prevailing college.


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What drew probably the most concern from dad and mom was what wouldn’t be within the new college.

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“There are some main deficiencies within the proposed design. There’s no auditorium within the new college,” stated Stephanie Yada, who has each a son and daughter at Eric Hamber.

“That auditorium is used every single day, for not solely courses, however performances like musicals, performs, live shows, choirs, and we gained’t have anyplace to accommodate that. … [My daughter] can’t think about not having a theatre to carry out in, an auditorium. She’s fearful the entire program shall be lower.”

She stated the proposed health club can be too small, and the brand new college would lose its observe.

An data board posted at Friday’s occasion.

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“We battle to get our teenagers out and being energetic, and we’re going to have to chop down.”

Florence Lum attended Eric Hamber as a teen, and has two youngsters in line to attend the varsity in a couple of years.

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The proposed design has her contemplating shifting them cross-boundary.

“That simply breaks my coronary heart that I’m even going there as a result of I’d love for my youngsters to return to Hamber, however I’m tremendous involved concerning the lack of foresight … it’s going to have an effect on youngsters for generations to return.”

Brenda Chinn, one other alumnus and former college president, stated any new construction ought to enhance on the amenities which are already there, not reduce.

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“We would like youngsters to be well-rounded people whether or not its sports activities, music, arts, theatre they usually’re not going to be offering for that any longer,” she stated.

Faculty board chair Janet Fraser stated the first issues she heard from dad and mom surrounded health club, auditorium and style design areas.

However she stated the board should work inside the parameters of the Ministry of Schooling.

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“We have now to work to the ministry Space Requirements pointers, inside these pointers now we have to attempt to design the varsity in the very best manner for our college students,” she stated.

These pointers decide the utmost measurement for amenities, and the PAC and alumni need to see them reviewed and changed.

“We’re asking that they halt for now, revisit, exchange the doc or modify it accordingly, and Hamber college students might keep right here and going ahead have the right construct,” stated Andrea Nicholson, alumni coordinator.

“I’m unsure why we might spend as much as the quantity they’re spending now on a college that can must be elevated in measurement earlier than it’s completed.”

World Information has requested remark from the Ministry of Schooling on the issues concerning the proposed design.

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